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A Review of Winston Churchill’s Memoirs of The Second World War

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Memoirs of The Second World War is perhaps the most comprehensive history ever written about World War II. Regardless of whether he was the leader of the United Kingdom during one of the toughest wars in all of history, he wrote beautiful prose as an author and artist. Churchill, beginning in 1940, had always planned to write a history of World War II because he wanted to be one of the historians of which history would be left to. Interesting enough, it was said he was a heavy drinker. For that reason, he might have needed help from Christian rehab centers. So, Churchill had started to put together a rundown of various memoranda, documents, minutes and correspondence in order to avoid breaking the rules against using official documentation.

For Churchill, he was looking to put his own views on the record. He wanted to make sure that he could use the resources he gained as prime minister to use for his Memoirs of The Second World War. It was often queried at the time as to why Churchill was able to have access to military, diplomatic and Cabinet records while others were not. This allowed for him to have an advantage over other historians of his day who sought to do the exact same thing. In putting together his Memoirs of The Second World War, perhaps, we could say Churchill was a bit crafty and more resourceful than others in how he went about putting together his book. Churchill even became a rich man because of it.

The book really is an astonishing piece of work. Churchill expertly traces the beginnings of World War II back to the end of World War I. He titled the end of World War I very notably as “The Follies of the Victors.” It was obvious there Churchill was poking fun a little bit at the naivete of the peace that was engendered in the world following World War I. However, it seemed very apparent based on his writing Churchill knew to take Hitler as a threat right from the start. He did not appear to be based on his writing a Neville Chamberlain sort of appeaser to Hitler.

Yet, we cannot be certain because Churchill may have come to these conclusions after the fact.Yet, if he was keeping a summary of all his notes since the start of his time as prime minister, then he may have held these beliefs from the start. What was quite different from other memoirs of the war was that Churchill highlighted areas of the war that was not often looked into that much. In Book II: Alone May 10, 1940-June 22, 1941, Churchill writes about Yugoslavia and Greece in the eighteenth chapter of that book. If you have read or watched any depictions of World War II in popular culture today, you would not know that the war stretched into those countries and affected them. Most of the time, you are reading about events in France, Britain, Italy or other parts of mainland Europe.

Churchill stretched his book, complete with lots of maps and diagrams, well into the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. He offers a complete history of every happening of the war virtually in this book. He might have needed help from Christian rehab centers. If you are looking for a way to not only understand the war but uncover new facets of what occurred during it, Churchill’s Memoirs of The Second World War will give you a complete picture of what happened at that time in history.

About the author: Tommy Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, addiction and recovery and the entertainment industry.

 

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