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Churchill Versus Hitler: War of Words

Churchill Versus Hitler: War of Words

by Peter John


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"A senile clown", "Bloodthirsty Guttersnipe", "Undisciplined Swine", "Gangster", "Drunkard"...

Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill clashed for years in public as their opinions of each other and feuding helped determine the course of the Second World War. As diplomatic and military episodes unfolded - both men analysed, commentated upon, and taunted each other with Churchill continuing to do so for many years after Hitler's death. Yet, until now, there has been no dedicated, detailed history of the men's rivalry.

Based on three years of research in archives across Britain, Germany and the United States, Churchill versus Hitler: War of Words chronicles the Second World War, and much more, through the protagonists' speeches, writings and private conversations, and includes revealing perspectives from other major figures including Goebbels, Roosevelt and Chamberlain.

This fascinating book sets the battle for victory in the context of the momentous historical developments of the age and new light is shed upon various incidents in both men's lives including their first encounters of each other, and their abortive meeting in 1932. What becomes clear is that the opinions of the two leaders were more complicated and changeable than is often assumed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909125131
Publisher: Bennion Kearny Limited
Publication date: 09/05/2012
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents




Writing styles

Chapter 1 - Early Years (1874-1925)

Childhood and adolescence

First recognition?

Churchill’s views on Germany to 1924

Hitler’s views on the British Empire to 1924

Chapter 2 - First Impressions (1925-1933)

Reformation and development of the Nazi Party to 1930

Hitler’s Second Book

Churchill and Mussolini in the 1920’s

Reparations and the Young Plan referendum

Churchill and the “Ten-Year Rule”

Growth of the Nazi Party after 1929 and Churchill’s reaction

Hitler meets Churchill’s son, but refuses to meet Churchill, 1932

Churchill’s reaction to German rearmament before 1933

Churchill’s response to Hitler’s seizure of power (Machtergreifung)

Churchill’s British allies on German rearmament

Chapter 3 - Hitler Acts; Churchill Objects (1934-1936)

Hitler’s salami slicing

Churchill on Hitler’s Germany

Churchill’s private intelligence network

Hitler’s diplomatic overtures towards Britain to 1936

Chapter 4 - Into the Maelstrom (1937-1939)

Growing German hostility to Britain

Churchill’s public campaign against Hitler to February 1938

Great Contemporaries – “Hitler and his Choice”

Anschluss – the ‘rape’ of Austria

The turn of Czechoslovakia

German propaganda launches its counter-offensive against Churchill

Poland and war

Chapter 5 - “Winston is Back” (1939-1940)

Hitler’s offers of peace refused

Scandinavian diversions

The fall of France

“Britain at bay”

Singeing Hitler’s beard

The Battle of Britain


The Blitz

Chapter 6 - Germany on Top (1941)


The Battle of the Atlantic

Mutual intelligence

Setting the Balkans ablaze

The flight of Rudolf Hess

Churchill and Hitler’s invasion of Russia

North Africa

Naval and military prowess

Churchill, Hitler and the Japanese/American war

Chapter 7 - The Turning Point (1942)


The Pacific War


North Africa

Carpet bombing

Submarine war

Hitler, Churchill and the Holocaust

Prospects for the future

Chapter 8 - The Turn of the Tide (1943)

The end of the War and after

The War in the Mediterranean

Bombing of Germany


Casablanca and Teheran


Chapter 9 - Churchill Triumphant (1944 – August 1945)

Churchill, Hitler and the liberation of Western Europe

Churchill tries to kill Hitler

Thunderbolts from the sky

Ramblings in the bunker

Peace feelers

Hitler on trial?

Hitler’s death

Hitler and the problems of reconstruction

Churchill visits Berlin, July 1945

Chapter 10 - Churchill Alone (July 1945 - 1965)

Hitler in Churchill’s war memoirs

The Cold War

Using Hitler to attack the Labour government

Churchill, Hitler and Germany’s place in Europe

British decline

Private conversation and anecdotes




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