Five Days in London, May 1940

ISBN-10: 0300084668
ISBN-13: 9780300084665
Edition: 2001
Authors: John Lukacs
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Description: Distinguished historian John Lukacs presents an hour-by-hour account of the five days from 24th to 28th May 1940, as the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war.

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 8/11/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Distinguished historian John Lukacs presents an hour-by-hour account of the five days from 24th to 28th May 1940, as the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war.

John Lukacs is the author of more than twenty books on history.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Hinge of Fate
The turning point. Two accounts
The awesomeness of the German tide
Black Fortnight
Problems of British morale
Distrust of Churchill
Opinions and sentiments
"Outwardly calm, inwardly anxious."
Friday, 24 May
Hitler's halt order
The Germans before Dunkirk
Calais
Hitler and the Conservatives
The two Rights
Chamberlain
Appeasers
Halifax
The War Cabinet
Churchill and Roosevelt
The British press
"A slight increase in anxiety and a slight decrease in optimism."
Saturday, 25 May
An English weekend
The French: Weygand and Petain
Halifax and the Italian ambassador
Churchill and the Defence Committee
"Depression is quite definitely up."
Sunday, 26 May
An agitated day
Three meetings of the War Cabinet
Chamberlain, Halifax, Churchill
Disagreements between Halifax and Churchill
Scarcity of news: "A mandate to delay judgment and not to worry."
"In Westminster Abbey."
Monday, 27 May
What was happening at Dunkirk
The Belgians surrender
American considerations
Three War Cabinets and a walk in the garden
"You'd have been better off playing cricket."
Tuesday, 28 May
Morale, opinion, and the press
"We cannot possibly starve the public in this way."
Foreigners and refugees
Churchill's instructions and the first War Cabinet
His statement in the Commons
The second War Cabinet
Churchill's coup
He comes through
Survival
A long-range view of the war
The meaning of Dunkirk
"It is time to face up to facts."
Halifax redux
An antiquated Britain
Churchill and Europe
Fortissimo
Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index

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