Military history

Their Finest Hour

Their Finest Hour

Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Their Finest Hour enthrallingly recounts key events and battles from May to December 1940 as Britain stood isolated while Nazi Germany pursued its seemingly unconquerable war path - the fall of France, Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, the horrors of the Blitz and Hitler's plans to invade and crush Russia, his sole ally in Europe.

Book One - The Fall of France

Chapter 1: The National Coalition

Chapter 2: The Battle of France: Gamelin The First Week, May 10 to May 16

Chapter 3: The Battle of France: The Second Week: Weygand May 17 to May 24

Chapter 4: The March to the Sea: May 24 to May 31

Chapter 5: The Deliverance of Dunkirk: May 26 to June 4

Chapter 6: The Rush for the Spoils

Chapter 7: Back to France: June 4 to June 12

Chapter 8: Home Defence: June

Chapter 9: The French Agony

Chapter 10: The Bordeaux Armistice

Chapter 11: Admiral Darlan and the French Fleet: Oran

Chapter 12: The Apparatus of Counter-Attack: 1940

Chapter 13: At Bay: July, 1940

Chapter 14: The Invasion Problem

Chapter 15: Operation Sea Lion

Book Two - Alone

Chapter 1: The Battle of Britain

Chapter 2: The Blitz

Chapter 3: “London Can Take It”

Chapter 4: The Wizard War

Chapter 5: The United States Destroyers and West Indian Bases

Chapter 6: Egypt and the Middle East: 1940: June — July — August

Chapter 7: The Mediterranean Passage

Chapter 8: September Tensions

Chapter 9: Dakar

Chapter 10: Mr. Eden’s Mission: October, 1940

Chapter 11: Relations with Vichy and Spain

Chapter 12: Mussolini Attacks Greece: October–November, 1940

Chapter 13: Lend-Lease

Chapter 14: Germany and Russia

Chapter 15: Ocean Peril

Chapter 16: Desert Victory

Appendix A. Prime Minister’s Personal Minutes and Telegrams, May—December 1940

Appendix B. Weekly Losses at Sea by Enemy Action of British, Allied and Neutral Merchant Tonnage

Appendix C. Aircraft Strength, Battle of Britain, 1940

Appendix D. Correspondence Relating to Dakar between Mr. Churchill and Mr. Menzies

Appendix E. List of Operational Code Names for 1940—1941

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