Included herein are Churchill’s detailed notes on the abdication crisis and his assessment of the relationship between the King and Mrs. Simpson; many personal details of life at Chartwell; Churchill’s financial problems; and his son Randolph’s stormy outbursts and their affectionate reconciliations. Also contained in this volume are Churchill’s letters to his wife, which provide a fascinating insight into Churchill’s struggles, hopes, and fears.
The Churchill Documents
Volume 14At the Admiralty September 1939-May 1940
The product of considerable research at the Churchill Archives, the British National Archives, and many private archives, this volume chronicles Churchill’s story from the outbreak of World War II on 3 September 1939 to his election to the Premiership on 10 May 1940. A member of the War Cabinet as First Lord of the Admiralty, Churchill was concerned with every aspect of war policy, at home and abroad.
Volume 15Never Surrender May 1940-December 1940
This volume chronicles Winston Churchill’s first months as Prime Minister. During this time, war erupted in Europe as the German blitzkrieg overran Holland, Belgium, and France, and drove the British army to retreat and evacuation at Dunkirk. The pivotal weeks of the Battle of Britain, the “finest hour” when Britain stood fast against the unremitting onslaught of the German Luftwaffe, saw Churchill at his most energetic and indefatigable.
Volume 16The Ever-Widening War 1941
Editor Sir Martin Gilbert’s masterful selection of documents, many of them secret at the time, reveals Churchill’s energy and decisiveness in every aspect of war, his strategic grasp, and the vibrant human side of his forceful personality. To read The Ever-Widening War is to enter into Churchill’s experience of leading Britain through the greatest crisis of the 20th century.
Volume 17Testing Times 1942
This volume covers the year 1942, a year Churchill called “the Hinge of Fate,” in which the Grand Alliance, hitherto engulfed in a storm of military failure, began to see signs of a future victory against the Axis powers. Sir Martin Gilbert selected the enclosed documents to produce a more comprehensive and faithful account of Churchill’s […]
Volume 18One Continent Redeemed January-August 1943
This volume tells Churchill’s story during the first eight months of 1943, beginning with the Casablanca Conference—the first of three meetings between Churchill and Roosevelt during these months—and ending with the Allied capture of Sicily. Among the topics addressed are Stalin’s persistent demands for the opening of a Second Front in Western Europe, the dramatic […]
Volume 19Fateful Questions September 1943 to April 1944
This volume relates Churchill’s story from the invasion of mainland Italy to the final preparations for Operation Overlord. During these eight months, Churchill traveled nearly 14,000 miles, wrote more than 1,800 pieces of correspondence, and delivered over a dozen speeches. As the tide of war turned in favor of the Allies, Churchill focused his attention […]
Volume 20Normandy and Beyond May-December 1944
This volume relates Churchill’s story from the cross-Channel invasion of France to the end of the war’s fifth full year. During these eight months, Churchill traveled 35,000 miles, wrote more than 1,600 pieces of correspondence, and delivered over two dozen speeches. He hosted the first wartime conference of British Empire and Commonwealth prime ministers. He […]
Volume 21The Shadows of Victory January-August 1945
This volume relates Winston Churchill’s story from January through July 1945. During these seven months, Churchill travelled 10,000 miles, wrote more than 1,400 pieces of correspondence, and delivered over two dozen speeches. He attended the Yalta Conference with Stalin and Roosevelt, and he then dealt with the political ramifications of the latter’s death. He saw […]