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The Second World War, Volume 3: The Grand Alliance [Paperback]

Winston Churchill
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5 May 2005 The Second World War
Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. The Grand Alliance recounts the momentous events of 1941 surrounding America's entry into the War and Hitler's march on Russia - the continuing onslaught on British civilians during the Blitz, Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the alliance between Britain and America that shaped the outcome of the War.

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  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 3 edition (5 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141441747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141441740
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 299,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) was prime minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. A prolific writer, whose works include The Second World War and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

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LOOKING back upon the unceasing tumult of the war, I cannot recall any period when its stresses and the onset of so many problems all at once or in rapid succession bore more directly on me and my colleagues than the first half of 1941. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Alliance (of necessity)... 30 Mar 2012
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the third volume of Churchill's six volume history of the Second World War. The first volume covers the approximate 20 year period between the end of WW I until May, 1940. The second volume covers approximately seven months, commencing with the German attack on France until the end of the year. "The Grand Alliance" covers one year: 1941. Britain, and her Empire had fought the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan alone for almost a year before Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union, in June, 1941, led to the USSR joining an alliance with Britain. Six months later, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the third major power into conflict with the Axis.

The fighting was truly global even when Britain fought alone, due to the resources of its Empire. The Blitz, the German air attacks on England continued, as did the countermeasures, but the possibilities that the Germans could pound England into submission had largely passed. Much of the fighting was in southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean. In general, Britain was still in retreat, as the Balkans and Greece fell. (The resistance in Greece may have played a crucial role in delaying Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union by a month, and thus, enabling Russia's "best ally," its winter, to stop the Germans at the gates of Moscow.) Crete also was lost to German airborne units. The action in North Africa see-sawed back and forth, with the British defeating the Italians, but were then pushed back by the Germans, who reached a high-water mark advance, and were routed in 1942. The 240 day siege of Tobruk notably occurred during this period. There were also maneuvers and fighting in Iraq and Syria.
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5.0 out of 5 stars World War II: 1941 8 Nov 2011
By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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"The Grand Alliance" is the third installment in Winston S. Churchill's six volume history of The Second World War. It is a strong link in that chain. This volume essentially covers 1941, a momentous year of transitions. As the book starts, Britain, the Dominions and its Empire are standing alone against Germany and Italy. The war is at something of a lull. France has fallen, the Battle of Britain has receded, because, unbeknownst at the time, Hitler was turning his attention to the East, leaving only a diminished air war, with active fighting largely confined to North Africa. The United States was maintaining its neutrality while President Roosevelt was working to guide America into a more active support of Britain. This period of diplomacy and relative quiet would soon be swept away.

As is customary in this series, Churchill reports the events in the war from his perspective in London. Through the year the tide of war in North Africa ebbed and flowed, leaving Tobruk at times a base for operations and at other times an enclave encroaching on a German-Italian desert empire. I found the Australian insistence on withdrawal of its troops from Tobruk to be a surprising break in Allied cooperation. The Spring brought the breakout and sinking of "Bismarck" along with war and anxious diplomatic maneuvering in the Balkans and Greece, including a desperate, but unsuccessful, British intervention. Amidst all of this, Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland on his own bizarre peace mission.

The first really big story of this book is Operation Barbarossa, the June German invasion of Russia, as Churchill always called the Soviet Union. Providing his own insight, Churchill records the British warning of German troop movements made to Stalin in April.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Grand Alliance by Churchill - eBook 13 April 2014
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The book is wonderful, no criticism at all. It's just the ebook edition I am critical of - numerous misprints (almost 1 / page). It's completely off-putting. It looks as if someone has manually copied the original into a computer file.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 19 Nov 2013
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Gives a real outlook on WW2 from the PM's perspective and the inner sanctums of power. It is amazing that a man of his age, and who was so pivotal to the conduct of the war continued to shoulder the massive responsibilities and burdens he carried with such humility, dedication and commitment, whereas it all would have crushed many lesser mortals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 21 Aug 2013
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I have rated this 5 stars as I find this era very interesting, and it would interest anyone with similar interest in this era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winston Churchill's war contribution 26 Jun 2013
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Always admired Churchill, read his books and we can all see why he has the reputation he has. Loved it.
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