James Kitchen, English Historical Review
"[A] path-breaking study … Through heroic labour in the archives in the UK and overseas, Fennell has constructed a richly detailed picture … This is an important book by a very promising historian."
Gary Sheffield, BBC History Magazine
"A groundbreaking study … This is a major contribution to the historiography of the war in the desert."
Book Review Supplement, National Army Museum
"… a model of primary investigation into a subject extensively wrapped in supposition and myth … The book makes a significant contribution not only to the history of the desert war but also to the methodology of military morale."
Dan Todman, Twentieth-Century British History
"A fine piece of scholarship … The success of Fennell’s work rests on … the scholarly effort and rigour poured into it through extensive archival investigations carried out in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa."
Craig Stockings, Journal of Military History
"[Fennell] marshals a considerable amount of evidence … [and] has made a major contribution to the debate over the desert war in this valuable study of the significance of morale in warfare."
Martin Kitchen, Cercles: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Anglophone
"… Fennell has made a decided contribution to the literature of military history."
Stuart McClung, H-War (h-net.org/~war/)