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

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

by Jonathan Fennell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521192706

ISBN-13: 9780521192705

Pub. Date: 02/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521192705
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2011
Series:
Cambridge Military Histories Series
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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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