The Second World War, Volume 4: The Hinge of Fate Paperback – 5 May 2005
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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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The first half of the book is focused on the relentless onslaught of Japan. It seemed that victory was only followed by another. All of Indochina fell, and the entire coast of China. The Japanese quickly raced down the Malay Peninsula, and seized Singapore from behind, one of the greatest defeats of the British Empire. The Dutch East Indies also fell, and Australia and New Zealand prepared for invasion (Darwin was bombed.) Burma was also invaded, and occupied, and the invasion of northeastern India was the high water mark of the Japanese advance. Few actions could underscore the true global nature of the war than the invasion of Madagascar. In the first half, Churchill also covers the vital battles against the U-boats in the North Atlantic, in order to keep the supplies flowing to Britain and the Soviet Union.
The second half of the book is entitled "Africa Redeemed.Read more ›
In the Far East, the Japanese marched through Malaya to the shores of the British bastion, Singapore, whose guns were, unfortunately, pointing to the sea rather that toward the land approaches. There inferior Japanese forces received the greatest surrender in the history of the British Army. The Dutch East Indies and its oil fell to the Japanese while their Navy menaced Ceylon, their Army conquered New Guinea and their pilots bombed Australia.
In North Africa the combined Italian-German forces threatened the Suez Canal and made the Mediterranean a hostile Sea for Allied shipping. The surrender at Tobruk, again to inferior enemy forces, was another blow to British confidence and prestige.
Churchill is mostly telling the story from his viewpoint, which was not, during this period, limited to Downing Street. The book starts with him visiting at the White House.Read more ›
How we won that war is a miracle. Without him we would never have had a chance.
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