Secrets Of Churchill's War Rooms by Jonathan AsburySecrets Of Churchill's War Rooms by Jonathan Asbury

Secrets Of Churchill's War Rooms

byJonathan Asbury

Hardcover | January 15, 2017

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On May 10, 1940, Britain’s new prime minister strode purposefully down to the basement of an anonymous government building and entered a top secret command center. “This,” growled Winston Churchill, “is the room from which I will run the war.”
 
At the war’s end, Churchill and his colleagues left the chamber and locked the door behind them—and the War Rooms remained there, untouched and little known, until the early 1980s. Today, those historic chambers are on display as the Churchill War Rooms exhibit. With Secrets of Churchill’s War Rooms, you can go behind the glass partitions that separate the War Rooms from the visiting public, closer than ever before to where Churchill not only ran the war—but won it. This magnificent volume offers up-close photography of details in every room and provides access to sights unavailable on a simple tour of Churchill War Rooms. These are views that few people in the world have ever seen. Go behind closed doors to sit at Churchill’s desk, open up long-abandoned drawers and sift through seventy-year-old papers. See the anxious scratches on the arms of Sir Winston’s chair, pick up the phone that he used to speak to the president of the United States, and examine the map that loomed over his bed as he took his famous afternoon naps.
 
Including more than three hundred detailed images and firsthand memories of Churchill as a leader, boss, father, husband, and a man, Secrets of Churchill’s War Rooms tells the fascinating story of the work carried out in these underground offices.
Jonathan Asbury is the author of the official Churchill War Rooms guidebook, as well as guidebooks for HMS Belfast, IWM London, IWM North, and IWM Duxford.  
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Title:Secrets Of Churchill's War RoomsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 12.25 × 10.25 × 1 inPublished:January 15, 2017Publisher:Imperial War MuseumsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1904897495

ISBN - 13:9781904897491

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter one
The Threat and Shock of War- July 1936 to May 1940
Chapter Two
The Darkest Days- May 1940 to May 1941
Chapter Three
The Tide Turns- June 1941 to December 1943
Chapter Four
The Final Push- January 1944 to August 1945
Chapter Five
Preserving Churchill’s War Rooms
Acknowledgements
Sources
Image Lists
Index
 

Editorial Reviews

 "[A] coffee-table volume that documents the underground complex where Churchill often directed combat operations. A close-up of Churchill’s chair reveals gouge marks in the arm, apparently made by a man nervous about how things would turn out."