Combat and Morale in the North African Campaign: The Eighth Army and the Path to El Alamein

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Overview

Military professionals and theorists have long understood the relevance of morale in war. Montgomery, the victor at El Alamein, said, following the battle, that 'the more fighting I see, the more I am convinced that the big thing in war is morale'. Jonathan Fennell, in examining the North African campaign through the lens of morale, challenges conventional explanations for Allied success in one of the most important and controversial campaigns in British and Commonwealth history. He introduces new sources, notably censorship summaries of soldiers' mail, and an innovative methodology that assesses troop morale not only on the evidence of personal observations and official reports but also on contemporaneously recorded rates of psychological breakdown, sickness, desertion and surrender. He shows for the first time that a major morale crisis and stunning recovery decisively affected Eighth Army's performance during the critical battles on the Gazala and El Alamein lines in 1942.
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"For those interested in insightful analysis and the impact of morale on combat operations, Fennell has made a decided contribution to the literature of military history and, consequently, this volume is recommended." - Stuart McClung, H-War

"This is an important book by a very promising historian" -Gary Sheffield, BBC History

"a major contribution to the historiography of the war in the desert" -Society of the Friends of the National Army Museum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521192705
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Military Histories Series
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Fennell is Lecturer in Defence Studies with King's College London, at the Airmen's Command Squadron, Royal Air Force, Halton.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Morale crisis and recovery
2. Technology, firepower and morale
3. Quality of manpower and morale
4. Environment, provisions and morale
5. Welfare, education and morale
6. Leadership, command and morale
7. Training and morale
8. In search of a theory to explain combat morale in the desert
Conclusion.
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