Their Finest Hour Author:Winston S. Churchill Their Finest Hour, the second volume of Winston Churchill's history of the Second World War, fulfills every expectation aroused by The Gathering Storm. But now the great Englishman is writing of those days when his country was undergoing her crisis of defeat, the glory of her supreme resistance and the triumph of her returning might. — Reviewing ... more »the story of England's great past, Mr. Churchill finds that at no time was she as admirable as in her resolute, solitary, and finally triumphant defiance of the victorious tyranny of Germany. This volume starts with the problems confronted by Churchill as he assumed the office of Prime Minister in 1940; it continues with the Battle of France; the tragic glory of Dunkirk; the Battle of Britain; the rebuilding of England's Army; the triumph over the Graf Spee; the desperate struggle to maintain England's supply lines against the increasing U-Boat campaign, and finally the victorious African campaign culminating in the capture of 113,000 prisoners at Tobruk.
Amidst all these stirring events, Mr. Churchill had to manage the British internal economy; guide the welding of the Comonwealth and Empire into a unified and effective fighting machine, and carry on complex negotiations with the United States leading to Lend-Lease and the other aid "short of war" which this nation was then willing to give to Britain in her single-handed struggle.
Reading this eloquent and frank story of a fateful year, one knows why it was England's Fines Hour when she, alone, showed forth the faith: