By Andrew Morton
A meticulously researched ancient journey de strength concerning the mystery ties between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, and Adolf Hitler ahead of, in the course of, and after international warfare II.
Andrew Morton tells the tale of the feckless Edward VIII, later Duke of Windsor, his American spouse, Wallis Simpson, the weird wartime Nazi plot to make him a puppet king after the invasion of england, and the tried cover-up by means of Churchill, normal Eisenhower, and King George VI of the duke's kin with Hitler. From the alleged affair among Simpson and the German international minister to the invention of best mystery correspondence concerning the guy dubbed "the traitor king" and the Nazi excessive command, this can be a saga of intrigue, betrayal, and deception suffused with a heady aroma of intercourse and suspicion.
For the 1st time, Morton unearths the complete tale at the back of the cover-up of these damning letters and diagrams: the bold heist ordered via King George VI, the graceful duplicity of a Soviet undercover agent in addition to the sour rows and recriminations one of the British and American diplomats, politicians, and lecturers. Drawing on FBI files, particular photos, and fabric from the German, Russian, and British royal data, in addition to the non-public correspondence of Churchill, Eisenhower, and the Windsors themselves, 17 CARNATIONS is a stunning historic drama, choked with experience, intrigue, and startling revelations, written through a grasp of the style.
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This gun belonged to Private Adam Wakenshaw, who gained a posthumous VC for knocking out a German self-propelled gun. It could be emplaced in one minute, and had a lightweight firing platform which allowed a rapid all-round traverse (a valuable asset when fighting tanks). Similarly, once Hitler committed his forces to support Mussolini in North Africa, Rommel became reliant on the port of Tripoli. (Author’s Collection) Getting troops and supply ships to Alexandria became a major preoccupation for Churchill and his commanders.
What Churchill did know was that Hitler was threatening Britain from across the English Channel, while Mussolini was greedily eyeing British interests in Africa. By the following year it was supposed to be an armoured division, but equipped as it was with various marks of Vickers light tanks, some 1920-pattern Rolls-Royce armoured cars and a few old Vickers medium tanks, it clearly lacked punch. 7-inch mountain guns towed by tracked ‘Dragons’. Most notably the 7th Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) was equipped with the much heavier Matilda infantry-support tank.
Hitler’s Blitzkrieg by proxy in North Africa had ended as a complete and utter shambles, leaving Churchill occupying half of Libya. The Italian Army was left reeling and Mussolini was furious that his military might had been squandered. When asked if he could have taken it, he responded, I think we could have done so at once, or fairly shortly after, before the Luftwaffe came into the picture. Of course, the question of supplies would have been difficult. Like the rest of the campaign it would have been a risk, but I think personally not a dangerous one.