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World War II Official Histories

World War II Official Histories

Does Eng­land have an offi­cial His­to­ry of WW2 like the “Green Books” that are print­ed in the US as their offi­cial his­to­ry of WW2 and where might find them?  —L.L.

Yes: sev­er­al spe­cial­ized mul­ti-vol­ume series, under the umbrel­la title His­to­ry of the Sec­ond World War, were pub­lished by HMSO (Her Majesty’s Sta­tionery Office, since 2006 part of the Office of Pub­lic Sec­tor Infor­ma­tion with­in the UK Nation­al Archives, for­mer­ly the Pub­lic Records Office).

There are five sub-series, for exam­ple, Llewellyn Wood­ward, British For­eign Pol­i­cy in the Sec­ond World War (five vols., 1970).…

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Michael Dobbs Churchill Novels

Michael Dobbs Churchill Novels

My in-laws gave me the four-book series of his­tor­i­cal nov­els by Michael Dobbs about Win­ston Churchill, set against the back­drop of World War II. I enjoyed them immense­ly. They are very enjoy­able reads while also infor­ma­tive and insight­ful of Dobbs’s sub­jec­tive views of the major play­ers of the era. –T.D.

I cer­tain­ly agree. I enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly endorsed these nov­els in Finest Hour: Winston’s War (FH 116), Nev­er Sur­ren­der (FH 122), Churchill’s Hour (FH 126) and Churchill’s Tri­umph (FH 131). You may be inter­est­ed in Mr Dobbs’s con­tri­bu­tion to our 40th anniver­sary issue last autumn:

A novelist’s eye looks to the inner man: not sim­ply what he achieves but who he is, how true and how strong his heart beats.…

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“If you will not fight…when you can easily win…”

“If you will not fight…when you can easily win…”

I remem­ber a quip: “When will we fight. When we have no hope.” Can you help me iden­ti­fy the source?

Those words do not track among Churchill’s 15 mil­lion  pub­lished words.. You may be think­ing of:

…if you will not fight for the right when you can eas­i­ly win with­out blood­shed; if you will not fight when your vic­to­ry will be sure and not too cost­ly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a pre­car­i­ous chance of sur­vival. There may even be a worse case.…

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