Churchill, Master and Commander

Winston Churchill at War 1895–1945

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Churchill, Master and Commander

Winston Churchill at War 1895–1945

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An engaging and detailed study of Winston Churchill's career as a military commander, from his early experiences in Britain's colonial wars, through his battlefield experience in World War I, to his strategic command in World War II. This book examines how in high office he got it both right and wrong.

From his earliest days Winston Churchill was an extreme risk taker and he carried this into adulthood. Today he is widely hailed as Britain's greatest wartime leader and politician. Deep down though, he was foremost a warlord. Just like his ally Stalin, and his arch enemies Hitler and Mussolini, Churchill could not help himself and insisted on personally directing the strategic conduct of World War II. For better or worse he insisted on being political master and military commander. Again like his wartime contemporaries, he had a habit of not heeding the advice of his generals. The results of this were disasters in Norway, North Africa, Greece, and Crete during 1940–41. His fruitless Dodecanese campaign in 1943 also ended in defeat. Churchill's pig-headedness over supporting the Italian campaign in defiance of the Riviera landings culminated in him threatening to resign and bring down the British Government. Yet on occasions he got it just right, his refusal to surrender in 1940, the British miracle at Dunkirk, and victory in the Battle of Britain, showed that he was a much-needed decisive leader. Nor did he shy away from difficult decisions, such as the destruction of the French Fleet to prevent it falling into German hands and his subsequent war against Vichy France.

In this fascinating new book, acclaimed historian Anthony Tucker-Jones explores the record of Winston Churchill as a military commander, assessing how the military experiences of his formative years shaped him for the difficult military decisions he took in office. This book assesses his choices in the some of the most controversial and high-profile campaigns of World War II, and how in high office his decision making was both right and wrong.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Andrew Roberts
Introduction
Prologue: Death or Glory
List of Maps
List of Illustrations

PART ONE: BAPTISM OF FIRE
1. Soldiers of the Queen
2. Frontier Wars
3. Great Escape
4. The Sakabulas

PART TWO: FALL AND RISE
5. A Haunting Lesson
6. 'Cat on Hot Bricks'
7. Winston's Mercenaries

PART THREE: WORLD ORDER OR DISORDER
8. Flying Police
9. Troubled Emerald Isle
10. Beneath the Sphinx
11. Nazism or Communism

PART FOUR: THE WARLORD RETURNS
12. Master and Commander
13. His Finest Hour
14. Strategic Dilemma
15. Old Foes
16. Hitting Back
17. 'Bands of Brothers'

PART FIVE: GLOBAL JUGGLING ACT
18. Mediterranean Showdown
19. An American Friend
20. Joan of Arc
21. Courting the Red Czar
22. Loss of Faith
23. India in Revolt

PART SIX: WAR OF WILLS
24. Strained Relations
25. Second Front Now
26. 'Death Wish'
27. Miracle of Deliverance
28. 'The Whole Scene'

Epilogue: Gone Painting
Winston Churchill's Military Career at a Glance: 1895–1945
Notes and References
Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published May 09 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 384
ISBN 9781472847348
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 16 pages of black and white illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 6 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Anthony Tucker-Jones

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