The fifth volume of Sir Winston Churchill's definitive account of the Second World War. Reissued with a new cover to commemorate the 50th aniversary of his death.
CLOSING THE RING covers the decisive 12 months between June 1943 and June 1944. Command of the seas had returned to Allied hands, the U-boats were mastered and the Luftwaffe beaten. These achievements made possible the 'closing of the ring' which was to extinguish Axis resistance and eventually end the war.
The danger was no longer defeat but stalemate. Russian armies were driving the German invaders back into their own country, Italy was freed from the fascist yoke and Africa was cleared. However, before the Allies lay the formidable task of invading the aggressors in their own land. Frankly and unreservedly, Sir Winston Churchill reveals the tensions and divergences of opinions concerning how best to achieve this among the three great partners, Britain, USA and Russia.
How fortunate we are to have this precious possession which those who have lived through these years will read again and again and future generations turn to with pride and affection - SPECTATOR
It is a veritable godsend to posterity that he has been given time and energy, in the midst of innumerable other duties to set down on paper this priceless bequest - OBSERVER