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Volume 15 of The Churchill Documents 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. This volume puts the reader at Churchill’s side in some of the most tumultuous events of world history, and offers an unparalleled view of his leadership qualities and challenges, as he organizes the war effort, bolsters morale, confronts those who stand in his way, seeks ways out of a seemingly impossible situation, and works tirelessly to involve the United States in the fight against Nazi dominion. This is history as it was lived, during the crisis months of a war whose outcome formed the modern world.