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The Second World War, Volume 5: Closing the Ring [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. Closing the Ring chronicles the period between June 1943 and July 1944 as the Allies consolidated their gains towards a drive to victory - the fall of Mussolini, Hitler's 'secret weapon', the mounting air offensive on Germany, strategies to defeat Japan and the plans for D Day.

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 5 edition (5 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141441763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141441764
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winston 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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EARLIER volumes have led us to the point where the aggressors, both in Europe and Asia, had been driven to the defensive. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable First Person Memoir 25 April 2013
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"Closing The Ring" is the fifth volume in Winston Churchill's magnificent history of World War II. Covering the period from early 1943 to the eve of Overlord, this volume covers that stage of the war when the tide had turned in the Allies' favor and was falling in on Germany.

Churchill pays proper respect for the massive losses inflicted on Germany by the Red Army. Throughout this volume a major challenge is how the Western Allies were best able to contribute to victory and draw pressure away from the Soviets. Churchill makes the argument that there really were three fronts: Russia, Normandy, where German troops were held to await invasion, and Italy where Germans were in active combat with the Anglo-American armies. The contentious debates between the priorities to take advantage of opportunities in the Mediterranean versus preparations for Overlord make for interesting reading and reflection.

It is in this volume that we follow the Anglo-American armies across Sicily and into Italy. The reader is made privy to negotiations between the post-Fascist government of Italy and the Allies both over the Italian surrender and Italy's participation in the war against Germany. Opportunities in the Aegean created by the Italian surrender and the reasons that they were not followed up on are examined in detail.

I value first person memoirs and remain a fan of Churchill's World War II series. While it is, by its own admission, limited to the perspective of its author and by his bias, "Closing The Ring" remains a useful and well written history.
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