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One Christmas in Washington By David J. Bercuson

One Christmas in Washington by David J. Bercuson

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How in three weeks over Christmas 1941 Churchill and Roosevelt planned the Grand Alliance that won the Second World War

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One Christmas in Washington: Churchill and Roosevelt Forge the Grand Alliance by David J. Bercuson

By Christmas Eve 1941 the war could hardly have been worse for Britain or the United States. The Japanese had entered the war, first bombing Pearl Harbor where they sank five US battleships. Their forces were soon landing on Hong Kong Island, on the Thai and Malaya coasts and invading the Philippines. A week before Christmas the Italian navy penetrated Alexandra harbour in Egypt and sank the battleships Queen Elizabeth and Valiant. In the Soviet Union German infanty detachments had reached the Khimki tram station less than 12 miles from downtown Moscow; and Leningrad was under siege. The US declared war and Churchill braved the north Atlantic in HMS Duke of York for meetings with President Roosevelt. Because neither the new British Chief of Staff, Alanbrooke or Churchill's private secretary, John Colville accompanied their boss, their otherwise complete and revealing diaries for once say little or nothing about what happened. Bercuson and Herwig have pieced together the hitherto untold story of how the two major allies planned their fight against the Axis powers, using the code-name Arcadia. During the three weeks Churchill spent with Roosevelt he suffered major heart trouble and nearly died. How two very different nations began to work together, how Churchill and Roosevelt, two super-egos, were joined by common purpose is the backdrop to an enthralling microcosm of WWII.

One Christmas in Washington Reviews

'Well researched and endowed with sufficient trivia to delight the lay reader' THE OBSERVER

About David J. Bercuson

Holger Herwig is the author of Luxury Fleet and Germany and Austria in the First World War. Tim Travers is the author of Killing Ground. Bercuson is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. Herwig holds the Canada Research chair in Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.Burcuson and Herwig co-authored Deadly Seas: the story of the St Croix and the U 305 and the Battle of the Atlantic; The Destruction of the Bismarck (they were historical advisers on James Cameron's documentary about the Bismarck battleship).

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One Christmas in Washington: Churchill and Roosevelt Forge the Grand Alliance by David J. Bercuson
Used - Very Good
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