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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874 - 1965) The Second World War

Volume III The grand alliance Theme of the Volume How the British fought on with hardship their garment until Soviet Russia and the United States were drawn into the Great Conflict

Preface

I cannot attempt to do more than refer to the struggle between the German and the Russian Armies, as the background of the actions of Britain and the Western Allies. The Russian epic of 1941 and 1942 deserves a detailed and dispassionate study and record in the English language. Even though no facilities for foreigners to narrate the Russian agony and glory might be accorded, the effort should be made. Nor should this impulse be chilled by the fact that the Soviet Government have already claimed all the honour for themselves.

Book I

Germany Drives East

CHAPTER I

THE DESERT AND THE BALKANS

Prime Minister to General Ismay for COS Committee 6 Jan 41

Last, but dominating all our war effort, is the threat of invasion, the air warfare and its effects on production, and the grievous pressure upon our western ports and north-western communications. One cannot doubt that Herr Hitler's need to starve or crush Great Britain is stronger than it has ever been. A great campaign in the east of Europe, the defeat of Russia, the conquest of the Ukraine, and an advance from the Black Sea to the Caspian would none of them separately nor all together bring him victorious peace while the British air-power grew ever stronger behind him and he had to hold down a whole continent of sullen, starving peoples Therefore the task of preventing invasion, of feeding the Island, and of speeding our armament production must in no way be compromised for the sake of any other objective whatsoever.

Tags: Вторая мировая война, Черчилль
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