A Very Fine Commander: The Memories of General 'Nap' Murray GCB KBE DSO

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The contrast between soldiering in peace and war is well illustrated by ?Nap? Murray?s experiences. It took him 16 years to reach the substantive rank of Major in 1938 but by 1944 he was an acting Lieutenant General.

His fascinating memoirs, skillfully edited by his nephew, cover an extraordinary career from young officer service in India, China and Egypt, his experiences with the German Army in 1937 before the dramas of WW2. His accounts of action and injury in the early war ...

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Overview

The contrast between soldiering in peace and war is well illustrated by ‘Nap’ Murray’s experiences. It took him 16 years to reach the substantive rank of Major in 1938 but by 1944 he was an acting Lieutenant General.

His fascinating memoirs, skillfully edited by his nephew, cover an extraordinary career from young officer service in India, China and Egypt, his experiences with the German Army in 1937 before the dramas of WW2. His accounts of action and injury in the early war years in France, North Africa, Sicily and Normandy, prepare the reader for Murray’s long and distinguished record as a Divisional commander in Italy, Palestine, Catterick and finally the Commonwealth Division in Korea. It was Monty himself who described Murray as ‘A Very Fine Commander’ – praise indeed, a memoir can be very revealing about the character of its author. Entirely free of self-aggrandisement or pride this book leaves the reader unsurprised at the success and popularity of its author.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848843370
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 3/23/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

Acknowledgements x

Part 1 The Early Years 1903-1939 1

Chapter 1 Childhood 3

Chapter 2 Peter Symonds School 8

Chapter 3 Sandhurst 12

Chapter 4 Aldershot and the General Strike 16

Chapter 5 China 24

Chapter 6 Catterick and Egypt 29

Chapter 7 India 38

Chapter 8 Hamilton and Staff College 47

Part 2 The War Years 1939-1945 67

Chapter 9 The War Office and 3rd Division 69

Chapter 10 Northern Ireland 77

Chapter 11 GHQ Home Forces 80

Chapter 12 The Middle East 90

Chapter 13 Sicily 123

Chapter 14 Interlude in the United Kingdom 144

Chapter 15 Normandy 153

Chapter 16 Italy and Austria 166

Part 3 Generalship 1946-1989 199

Chapter 17 The Victory Parade 201

Chapter 18 Palestine and the Mediterranean 212

Chapter 19 Catterick 229

Chapter 20 Korea 237

Chapter 21 Scottish Command 251

Chapter 22 Scandinavia 261

Chapter 23 Envoi 288

Reflections 299

Bibliography 305

Index 306

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