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The Hinge of Fate: How the Power of the Grand Alliance become Preponderant.

1950 The Hinge of Fate: How the Power of the Grand Alliance become Preponderant. The Fourth Volume of Churchill's Dramatic History of World War II by Winston S. Churchill. Book One: The Onslaught of Japan, Book Two: Africa Redeemed. 917 pages with 36 maps and plans within the text, as illustration

The Hinge of Fate

In those dramtic moments of history we learned the lessons that are helping us in Korea today. In this historical record, we see in detail how the friendship between Churchill and Roosevelt grew. We see the sturggle of will and wits between Churchill and Stalin advance. We are admitted to Mr. Churchill's inimate record of his talks with Stalin, and his contemporary impressions jotted down in his Moscow quarters. We are witness to Molotov's security precautions at Cheqesac and to troubles at home which come from a loyal opposition. Here we see the trial and reconperae of statesmanship and as never before we are conscious of this great statesman historian, not only as whelder of fleets and armies, but as a sensitive, anxious, ever-alert wielder of men.

One of the most fascinating works of history ever written, Winston Churchill´s monumental "The Second World War" is a six-volume account of the struggle of the Allied powers in Europe against Germany and the Axis. Told through the eyes of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, The Second World War is also the story of one nation´s singular, heroic role in the fight against tyranny. Pride and patriotism are evident everywhere in Churchill´s dramatic account and for good reason. Having learned a lesson at Munich that they would never forget, the British refused to make peace with Hitler, defying him even after France had fallen and after it seemed as though the Nazis were unstoppable. Churchill remained unbowed throughout, as did the people of Britain in whose determination and courage he placed his confidence.

Patriotic as Churchill was, he managed to maintain a balanced impartiality in his description of the war. What is perhaps most interesting, and what lends the work its tension and emotion, is Churchill´s inclusion of a significant amount of primary material. We hear his retrospective analysis of the war, to be sure, but we are also presented with memos, letters, orders, speeches, and telegrams that give a day-by-day account of the reactions-both mistaken and justified-to the unfolding drama. Strategies and counter-strategies develop to respond to Hitler´s ruthless conquest of Europe, his planned invasion of England, and his treacherous assault on Russia. It is a mesmerizing account of the crucial decisions that have to be made with imperfect knowledge and an awareness that the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

This fourth volume in this work, The Hinge of Fate is, as its name might suggest, the dramatic account of the Allies´ changing fortunes. By the end of the previous volume, The Grand Alliance, the Russians and the Americans had both entered the war on the side of the British, but Germany, Italy and Japan continued pressing forward successfully with their terrible onslaught. In the first half of The Hinge of Fate, Churchill describes the fearful period in which the Germans threaten to overwhelm the Red Army, Rommel dominates the war in the desert, and Singapore falls to the Japanese. In the span of just a few months, however, the Allies begin to turn the tide, achieving decisive victories at Midway and Guadalcanal, and repulsing the Germans at Stalingrad. As their confidence builds, and they begin to gain ground against the Axis powers, the Allies can begin to see the end of this terrible conflict in sight.

CONTENTS

BOOK I - THE ONSLAUGHT OF JAPAN

I - AUSTRALASIAN ANXIETIES - PAGE 3

II - THE SETBACK IN THE DESERT - PAGE 18

III - PENALTIES IN MALAYA - PAGE 32

IV - A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE - PAGE 53

V - CABINET CHANGES - PAGE 65

VI - THE FALL OF SINGAPORE - PAGE 81

VII - THE U-BOAT PARADISE - PAGE 95

VIII - THE LOSS OF THE DUTCH EAST INDIES - PAGE 118

IX - THE INVASION OF BURMA - PAGE 134

X - CEYLON AND THE BAY OF BENGAL - PAGE 152

XI - THE SHIPPING STRANGLEHOLD - PAGE 167

XII - INDIA: THE CRIPPS MISSION - PAGE 181

XIII - MADAGASCAR - PAGE 197

XIV - AMERICAN NAVAL VICTORIES: THE CORAL SEA AND MIDWAY ISLAND - PAGE 213

XV - THE ARCTIC CONVOYS - PAGE 228

XVI - THE OFFENSIVE IN THE AETHER - PAGE 248

XVII - MALTA AND THE DESERT - PAGE 260

XVIII - 'SECOND FRONT NOW!' - PAGE 280

XIX - THE MOLOTOV VISIT - PAGE 292

XX - STRATEGIC NATURAL SELECTION - PAGE 309

XXI - ROMMEL ATTACKS - PAGE 319

XXII - MY SECOND VISIT TO WASHINGTON - PAGE 336

XXIII - THE VOTE OF CENSURE - PAGE 351

BOOK II - AFRICA REDEEMED

XXIV - THE EIGHTH ARMY AT BAY - PAGE 371

XXV - DECISION FOR 'TORCH' - PAGE 390

XXVI - MY JOURNEY TO CAIRO: CHANGES IN COMMAND - PAGE 408

XXVII - MOSCOW: THE FIRST MEETING - PAGE 425

XXVIII - MOSCOW: A RELATIONSHIP ESTABLISHED - PAGE 436

XXIX - RETURN TO CAIRO - PAGE 452

XXX - THE FINAL SHAPING OF 'TORCH' - PAGE 471

XXXI - SUSPENSE AND STRAIN - PAGE 493

XXXII - SOVIET 'THANK YOU' - PAGE 505

XXXIII - THE BATTLE OF ALAMEIN - PAGE 526

XXXIV - THE TORCH IS LIT - PAGE 542

XXXV - THE DARLAN EPISODE - PAGE 565

XXXVI - PROBLEMS OF VICTORY - PAGE 581

XXXVII - OUR NEED TO MEET - PAGE 592

XXXVIII - THE CASABLANCA CONFERENCE - PAGE 604

XXXIX - ADANA AND TRIPOLI - PAGE 623

XL - HOME TO TROUBLE - PAGE 653

XLI - RUSSIA AND THE WESTERN ALLIES - PAGE 663

XLII - VICTORY IN TUNIS - PAGE 682

XLIII - MY THIRD VISIT TO WASHINGTON - PAGE 699

XLIV - PROBLEMS OF WAR AND PEACE - PAGE 715

XLV - ITALY THE GOAL - PAGE 726

APPENDICES

(a) - LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS - PAGE 747

(b) - LIST OF CODE-NAMES - PAGE 748

(c) - PRIME MINISTER'S PERSONAL MINUTES AND TELEGRAMS, JANUARY 1942-MAY 1943 - PAGE 750

(d) - SINGAPORE DEFENCES: MEMORANDUM BY GENERAL POWNALL - PAGE 855

(e) - MONTHLY TOTALS OF SHIPPING LOSSES, BRITISH, ALLIED, AND NEUTRAL, 1942 - PAGE 860

(f) - PROMISES ABOUT POST-WAR CONDITIONS: THE BEVERIDGE REPORT - PAGE 861

(g) - MINISTERIAL APPOINTMENTS FOR THE YEARS 1942 AND 1943 - PAGE 863

(h) - LIST OF SOME OF THE SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE BRITISH AND UNITED STATES FORCES HOLDING HIGH APPOINTMENTS, 1942-43 - PAGE 871

INDEX - PAGE 875

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • LC Control No.: 51002503
  • Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
  • Personal Name: Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
  • Main Title: The hinge of fate.
  • Published/Created: Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1950.
  • Description: xvi, 1000 p. maps. 22 cm.
  • Subjects:
    • World War, 1939-1945.
    • World War, 1939-1945 --Great Britain.
  • Series: His The Second World War, 4
  • LC Classification: D743 .C47 vol. 4
  • Geographic Area Code: e-uk---
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