The Grand Alliance: The Second World War (Condensed) Series, Book 3 (The Second World War #3)
This volume of Churchill's history of the Second World War recounts the events of 1941 surrounding America's entry into the War,Hitler's march on Russia, and the alliance between Britain and America.
It should be emphasized that the United ...more
I knew Winston Churchill had a reputation for good insults, but he had some very blunt things to say about how Stalin managed things before the Germans invaded. "Gross mismanagement" was one of the phrases he used.
The two-faced behavior of the Soviets would have been socially crippling but I guess you can't afford to ostracize someone you need to successfully fight a war. Before ...more
Why I started this book: While only the second book of the series was on the Navy's Recommended Reading list, I cou ...more
It's fascinating to read Churchill's respect for Roosevelt and the U.S., and how he handles them with kid gloves and not once give in to the frustration he (and Britain) must have felt as they watched the U.S. stumble into the war - slow ...more
The Grand Alliance
By 1950, when this volume was published, I should think Churchill must have almost choked when he selected the title. The title refers to how, in 1941, Russia abruptly sought alliance with Britain following Hitler's attack; and how the United States went all-in following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But now, in 1950, to call it a "grand alliance" given the naked postwar aggression and land grabbing of the USSR upon conclusion of the ...more
"Every word seemed to stir the heart. It was a great hour to live. Nearly half of those who sang were soon to die."
pg. 611 Churchill's correspondence and declaration of war with Japan after Pearl Harbor: Some people did not like this ceremonial style. But after all when you have to kill a man it costs ...more
Firstly, as with the other books, there is the paradoxical issue of feeling ...more
This is mainly due to the fact that the several theaters where the British are fighting are comparatively quieter and of secondary importance.
The story remains British-centric, when the war in no longer centered on Britain. During the book timeline, Hitler attack Russia and the Japanese attack the USA. Yet we learn little about these theaters.
Still, this book is very interesting as it ...more
1. A phenomenal amount of strategic planning was done to ensure a supply of petroleum.]
2. Churchill writes almost nothing indicating why the war was fought. The only thing that is clear is that he wants to win. He makes no mention of the anti-semitism of the Nazis, nor does he give much weight to thereasopns why newly independent Greece and Norway resisted Nazi occupations.
3. Hitler really was not a very good strategist. When internal communication came ...more
+++ Accounts of the despicable political behavior of Russia, including begging followed soon afterwards by requests for later reward.
+ Accounts of the operations in North Africa, including first encounters with Rommel.
- Account from Churchill introduces various pro-British biases. Explanation of non-intervention in Russian side of war rather weak and self-servient. Several other examples appear in this book.
-- Pearl H ...more