The Hinge of Fate

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1948 - History - 917 pages
Churchill's six volume history of World War II-- the definitive work, remarkable both for its sweep and its sense of personal involvement, universally acknowledged as a magnificent historical reconstruction and an enduring work of literature. V. 1. The step-by-step decline into war, with Churchill becoming prime minister as "the tocsin was about to sound". V. 2. The eight uneasy, dangerous months from May to December 1940, as Britain stands isolated and Germany follows its war path. V. 3. The momentous year 1941: the Bismarck is sunk, Hitler marches on Russia, Japan strikes Pearl Harbor, and the Grand Alliance is formed. V. 4. From uninterrupted defeat to almost unbroken success: a year when Rommel is gradually thrown back in North Africa, and in the Pacific the tide turns. V. 5. The drive to victory between June 1943 and July 1944, as the Allies consolidate their achievements, with enormous difficulty and great divergence of opinion. V. 6. From Anglo-American landings in Normandy in June 1944 to the unconditional surrender of Japan in September 1945.

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A gripping account of the events leading up to World War 2 by someone very close to the inner workings. Well read by the reader sounds like Mr. Churchill himself. Read full review

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Good recap of WWII through British eyes. Churchill was quite a guy. No loss was not Valiant or victory not critical by the British. A good look at jockeying for position after WWII w the Russians and how crucial the friendship between FDR and Churchill. Where is Britain's modern day Churchill? Read full review

Contents

iapter Page I AUSTRALASIAN ANXIETIES
3
THE SETBACK IN THE DESERT
18
The Setback in the Desert January 1942
27
PENALTIES IN MALAYA
32
The Malayan Peninsula
35
Malaya
52
A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE
53
CABINET CHANGES
65
BOOK II
369
Chapter Page XXIV THE EIGHTH ARMY AT BAY
371
The Fall of Tobruk
373
DECISION FOR TORCH
390
MY JOURNEY TO CAIRO CHANGES IN COM MAND
408
THE FIRST MEETING
425
A RELATIONSHIP ESTABLISHED
436
RETURN TO CAIRO
452

THE FALL OF SINGAPORE
81
Singapore Island
82
THE UBOAT PARADISE
95
Atlantic Defence Organisation 1942
108
Merchant Ships Sunk
116
THE LOSS OF THE DUTCH EAST INDIES
118
THE INVASION OF BURMA
134
The A B D A Operations facing
142
Burma
149
CEYLON AND THE BAY OF BENGAL
152
THE SHIPPING STRANGLEHOLD
167
THE CRIPPS MISSION
181
MADAGASCAR
197
The Attack on Diego Suarez
209
AMERICAN NAVAL VICTORIES THE CORAL SEA AND MIDWAY ISLAND
213
THE ARCTIC CONVOYS
228
Track of P Q 17
236
THE OFFENSIVE IN THE ĘTHER
248
MALTA AND TIIE DESERT
260
SECOND FRONT Now
280
THE MOLOTOV VISIT
293
The Russian Winter Offensives JanuaryMarch 1942
307
STRATEGIC NATURAL SELECTION
309
ROMMEL ATTACKS
319
Rommels Plan for May 2728
322
The Western Desert
335
MY SECOND VISIT TO WASHINGTON
336
THE VOTE OF CENSURE
351
THE FINAL SHAPING OF TORCH
471
Rommels Repulse August 31September s
491
SUSPENSE AND STRAIN
493
SOVIET THANK YOU
505
The German Campaign in Russia 1942
523
THE BATTLE OF ALAMEIN
526
The Breakthrough
540
THE TORCH IS LIT
542
AlgiersTunis
557
THE DARlAN EPISODE
565
PROBLEMS OF VICTORY
581
OUR NEED TO MEET
592
THE CASABLANCA CONFERENCE
604
ADANA AND TRIPOLI
623
Russian Counterattacks at Stalingrad
639
HOME TO TROUBLE
643
Tunisia
656
RUSSIA AND THE WESTERN ALLIES
663
VICTORY IN TUNIS
682
Forcing the Mareth Line
685
MY THIRD VISIT TO WASHINGTON
699
PROBLEMS OF WAR AND PEACE
715
ITALY THE GOAL
726
APPENDICES
745
A List of Abbreviations
747
B List of CodeNames
748
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Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) has been called by historians "the man of the twentieth century." Prime Minister of Great Britain (1940-1945), Churchill won the Nobel prize for literature in 1953.

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