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Book Title: The Second World War: The Hinge Of Fate: Volume IV|
The author of the book: Winston S. Churchill
Date of issue: January 15th 2015
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When you've done something almost supernaturally brilliant and far-sighted, and it works better than you could have dared hope, you really want to get the credit. Even Churchill is not immune. Back in 1940, when Britain was under siege and things looked almost desperate, he made a terrific strategic decision: not to go all-out on defence, but move tanks so as to be able to hold Egypt. That might give long-term chances of a counter-attack. Miraculously, it worked. We won the Battle of Britain; the USSR and the US entered the war on our side; and Egypt held.
Now a counter-attack in North Africa was indeed possible. It was still close, but Montgomery defeated Rommel at the Second Battle of El Alamein, and then the Allied forces had the initiative there. They advanced rapidly towards Tunis, and were suddenly threatening to cross the Mediterranean towards Sicily, Italy, and "the soft underbelly of Europe". Churchill's 1940 decision had turned out to be an incredible success, and he can't resist the temptation to present this as the turning point of the war.
Indeed, up to now almost everything had gone terribly, and afterwards almost everything went well; but the Battle of Stalingrad was going on more or less at the same time. (El Alamein: 23 October - 5 November 1942; Stalingrad: 23 August 1942 - 2 February 1943). Needless to say, Churchill doesn't ignore it, but it's also hard to feel he gives it the correct weight.
At least, those are my thoughts when looking back at the book. When I read it, I was so swept away by the narrative that I couldn't help accepting Churchill's version of events at face value. What a guy. Perhaps this was the zenith of our civilization, and we're now on the decline; it's hard to accept that anyone around today is in the same league. If you haven't read the series, put it on your list without delay. It won't disappoint.
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Read information about the authorSir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army. A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings, "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values."
Out of respect for the well known American author, Winston Churchill, Winston S. Churchill offered to use his middle initial in any works that he authored.
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