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am 21. Juli 2013
I was happy to see Churchill's works on Kindle. It took me a little while to get used to the level of detail and slow pace of the book. This is very detailed, lots of letters and speeches from the 1920-1940s and a lot of names. At first I was a bit overwhelmed, but after a few chapters, the book pulled me in and I really started reading.

From Churchill's point of view the war unfolds from the mistakes at the end of WWI, the political play for peace, the Twilight war and the Norwegian campaign. It's wonderfully written. The best part is how it really manages to convey the haste and patience required to run the war - decisions must be taken now, resources divided between the now and in two years, the amount of time it will take to build a battleship... Can't wait to read about the Battle of Britain in the next one.
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am 4. März 2016
Wirklich eine Buchserie, die vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen Entwicklungen in Europa durchaus aktuell ist. Darüber hinaus ist der Sprachstil packend. Churchill hat immerhin den Literaturnobelpreis für diese Bücher bekommen.

Man sollte sich allerdings auch biografisch mit Churchill befassen, da so einige Bewertungen durch ihn besser verständlich werden.

Sehr gut komplementär zu lesen mit Sebastian Hafner "Germany, Doktor Jekyll & Mister Hyde".
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am 31. Oktober 2015
Die von Churchill veröffentlichten Dokumente geben einen erstklassigen Einblick in das Geschehen während des 2. Weltkrieges.
Natürlich muß man berücksichtigen, daß Churchill für viele Entscheidungen selbst verantwortlich war, und daher die Erzählung wohl ein wenig gefärbt ist.
Was in Churchills Büchern über diesen Krieg aber deutlich wird: Hitler war dran und drauf ganz Europa, Afrika und den Nahen Osten zu unterjochen, und ohne das Eingreifen Amerikas wäre es ihm wohl gelungen.
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am 19. August 2014
Ein gelungener Abschluss einer großartigen Serie von Büchern, die einen tiefen Einblick in die Gedanken eines der wichtigsten Akteure der Zeit geben. Nicht nur Triumph and Tragedy sondern auch die fünf anderen Bände sind sehr zu empfehlen. Für Interessierte an den Abläufen des Krieges, den strategischen Entscheidungen, wie auch geopolitischen Entscheidungen bietet die Reihe interessante Detailinformationen und Hintergründe. Insbesondere die Entwicklungen in Ostmitteleuropa und die aufziehenden Differenzen zwischen West und Ost zeigt Churchill deutlich auf.
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am 11. Dezember 2016
Zeitdokumente - sehr informativ und interessant zu lesen. Sir Winston Churchill war eine herausragende Persönlichkeit und er hat akribisch notiert wie er die Zeit erlebt hat, wie er und warum er so entschieden hat usw.
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am 20. August 2014
One of the very best books from the British perspective aboout the mainly European developments in politics which finally lead to WW II and an utmost interesting description of how the Allied Nations acted militarily and politically during its conduct.
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am 24. November 2012
Master story teller of fantastic writing ability. What a gift to the world - a man born at the right time.
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am 20. September 2013
Without doubt one of the best writers ever. A shame that the kindle version has typos on EVERY page. Also no page numbers.
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am 22. August 2015
"The Hinge of Fate" is the fourth of 6 volumes of Winston S. Churchill's monumental history of World War II. The title is drawn from the fact that it was during the period of this book, late 1941 to the middle of 1942, that the hinge of war turned and the German and Japanese, who were advancing so quickly as the book opened, had started their long march to defeat and destruction. In the early chapters the Japanese are running rampant throughout the Pacific and into the Indian Ocean, threatening even Australia and India, while America was trying to recover from Pearl Harbor. The German Army was running out of steam in Russia, but months of bitter siege lay ahead. In North Africa, the Axis were still struggling with the British for control. In the Atlantic, U-boats exacted their deadly tolls, even within sight of American shores.

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. The reader then follows him to Casablanca, across North Africa, to Moscow and back to Washington.

Churchill was a political animal and he tells the political tales. One of the major problems during this period of the war was the rivalries among French leaders: DeGaulle and Giraud, the sensitive prima donnas, and Darlan, the essential officer with a collaborationist past. Winston frequently mentions the American antipathy toward DeGaulle and the uproar created by the arrangements with Darlan, commander of the French Navy, who had so willingly cooperated with the Nazis when they were in the ascendency.

No political problem surpassed that of taming the Russian bear. It was up to Churchill to face Stalin's demands for a second front and then convince him of the impossibility of a landing in Europe in 1942 and the value of the "Second Front" in Africa and the bombings of Germany. The necessity of telling Stalin that the Arctic convoys would be suspended due to unacceptable losses did not make the meetings any more pleasant.
We now think of Churchill as the unchallengeable leader of Britain, but this book reminds us of an abortive revolt in the House of Commons in which a motion of censure was introduced in the wake of surrenders at Singapore and Tobruk.

Not all was disaster and the Hinge did turn. Before Alamein we never had a victory, after Alamein we never had a defeat. Operation Torch landed American troops in Africa and started them on the road to victory. In the Pacific, the Coral Sea and Midway, which was intended to finish the destruction of the American fleet begun at Pearl Harbor, sent Yamamoto's air arm to the bottom. By book's end, Africa was redeemed, the Japanese tide was receding, the Red Army was attacking and the next operation, Sicily or Italy, was being debated.

I have been a fan of Churchill's work since my father suggested that I read it. Now, as I reread it thirty some years later, the attraction has not diminished. It still brings the reader into meetings, conferences, battlefields and the minds of the wars leaders. It is limited by its personal outlook, but nonetheless it remains the indispensable World War II memoir.
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am 16. April 2012
About six years ago I began my re-read of Winston S. Churchill’s Second World War and now with “Triumph And Tragedy” I have now completed the work. We have come full circle to the point that the Great Democracies were able to resume the follies which had son nearly cost them their life.

This sixth and final volume begins with D-Day and ends with Churchill’s defeat in the 1945 national elections. On these pages the reader becomes acquainted with the Prime Minister’s views on the invasion of Normandy, V-1s and V-2s, Hitler’s military inflexibility, Mulberry harbors, the invasion of southern France, the Battle of the Bulge, the final assault on Germany, victory and plans for the final assault on Japan. While not ignoring the war in Asia and the Paacific, this series focuses heavily on the European Theatre and the British involvement.

I usually value the insights of people who were characters in the great dramas being studied. Churchill is the premier historian of the summit level of allied planning. We are taken into the conferences and controversies that united and divided the Big Three. Many controversies arose from differing British and American war aims. While the Americans’ overriding goal was the defeat of Germany, Churchill, like a good chess player, was thinking several moves ahead. Roosevelt gave priority to working out an agreement with Stalin whereas Churchill tried to push the meeting of GI Joe and GI Ivan as far to the east as possible. These differing aims lead to debates on what to do with the Armies in Italy, whether to try to capture Berlin and what direction offensives should take. The U.S. insisted that some of the troops in Italy be transferred to Southern France to aid the Normandy invasions despite Churchill’s urging of a continued effort in Italy followed by landings in the Balkans to try to beat the Russians to Vienna. Supportive of the ultimate decision but never reconciled, the Prime Minister lamented an opportunity lost.

Conferences at Yalta and Potsdam are depicted as contentious negotiations over post-war governments, particularly that of Poland whose independence was Britain’s casus belli. Potsdam gave Churchill his first opportunity to size up Harry Truman and his last hand at Big Power politics during the war.

I picked up some facts that I had missed previously, such as that V-2s were used against continental targets and the uproar over Eisenhower’s letter to Stalin. What I really like about this series in general and this book in particular is Churchill’s personal perspective on events and people. He could see FDR’s frailty when others could not, he could foresee future rivalries with Russia when others looked forward to continued harmony and gives us his assessment of Stalin and Truman.

While in college or law school I took my father’s advice to read all six volumes of “The Second World War” and now, 40 years later, I have re-read.it. He gave me good advice in then and it is still good advice. For World War II reading this is the best advice I can give you is to read Churchill’s six volumes from cover to cover.
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