The History of the Second World War, Vol. 6 by Winston Churchill audiobook

The History of the Second World War, Vol. 6: Triumph & Tragedy

By Sir Winston Churchill
Read by Michael Jayston

The Second World War Series, First Edition: Book 6

2.77 Hours 02/12/2014 Abridged
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With the beach landings of June 6, 1944 in the greatest amphibious assault ever seen, the final phase of the war had begun. Churchill could survey his task with an easier mind. His relationship with Stalin was becoming increasingly more difficult as Stalin’s moves replaced one terror with another. Churchill was anxious to move forces through Italy to relieve the military pressure on Normandy and Stalin yet limit the advance of Soviet forces into Central and Eastern Europe. The last major German offensive came in the Ardennes during December 1944. With its repulse, their resistance began to melt away. The Russians continued to advance heroically forward into Germany itself. In Italy the collapse resulted into Mussolini’s brutal execution by the Partisans. Two days later on April 30, Hitler committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin. On May 8, VE Day, Germany surrendered to Europe. In the Pacific the Americans moved relentlessly forward. Their massive air power hammered Japanese cities. Their vast armadas of ships disgorged armies to retake the Philippines in the fast diminishing Japanese Empire. But an attack on the Japanese mainland would be debilitating. The new American president, Harry Truman, therefore unleashed a new level of terror with the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945 and the world was still and at peace. But for Churchill, the election loomed and the Great Man was swept from office on a Labour landslide. His place in history is not forgotten.

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Summary

Summary

With the beach landings of June 6, 1944 in the greatest amphibious assault ever seen, the final phase of the war had begun. Churchill could survey his task with an easier mind. His relationship with Stalin was becoming increasingly more difficult as Stalin’s moves replaced one terror with another. Churchill was anxious to move forces through Italy to relieve the military pressure on Normandy and Stalin yet limit the advance of Soviet forces into Central and Eastern Europe. The last major German offensive came in the Ardennes during December 1944. With its repulse, their resistance began to melt away. The Russians continued to advance heroically forward into Germany itself. In Italy the collapse resulted into Mussolini’s brutal execution by the Partisans. Two days later on April 30, Hitler committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin. On May 8, VE Day, Germany surrendered to Europe.

In the Pacific the Americans moved relentlessly forward. Their massive air power hammered Japanese cities. Their vast armadas of ships disgorged armies to retake the Philippines in the fast diminishing Japanese Empire. But an attack on the Japanese mainland would be debilitating. The new American president, Harry Truman, therefore unleashed a new level of terror with the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945 and the world was still and at peace. But for Churchill, the election loomed and the Great Man was swept from office on a Labour landslide. His place in history is not forgotten.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Churchill is artist enough to realize that these huge final chords must be simple. He gives us a magnificently muted close.” New York Times

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 2.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English