The Second World War, Volume 3: The Grand Alliance Hardcover – 1 Jan 1970
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Having lived through World War II my memory was awakened in many ways by Churchill's writing. Even his rather archaic use of English is inspiring, as is the obvious hard work he... Read morePublished 3 months ago by O Hedley Visick
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. Read morePublished on 13 April 2014 by Ken Phillips
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... Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2013 by Mr C B Jackson
I have rated this 5 stars as I find this era very interesting, and it would interest anyone with similar interest in this era.Published on 21 Aug. 2013 by Colin J Sketchley
Always admired Churchill, read his books and we can all see why he has the reputation he has. Loved it.Published on 26 Jun. 2013 by Graham Easton
his acount of WW2. does well in kindle format - maps good too. Good price for such an excellent workPublished on 30 April 2013 by john naval architect
You only ever hear about the highlights of WW2. Dunkirk, Battle of Britain and D Day. But there was far more and this book shows how Churchill was almost all that stood between... Read morePublished on 16 April 2013 by tim reynolds