Desert Generals: New and Enlarged Edition

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Overview

For anyone interested in the history of the Desert Campaign in the Second World War, this book is a key account.

The distinguished historian Correlli Barnett gives here a complete and full account of the Desert Campaign 1940-43, an epic story set in a wasteland where soldiers fought for victory in a tumult of mechanical warfare. But The Desert Generals is also the story of five men under the strain of command in battle, the commanders who successively led the Allied forces against first the Italians and then the Germans in the ebb and flow of the desert war, culminating in the myth of Montgomery and the battle of Alamein, a myth that Correlli Barnett sets out to expose as ill-founded.

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Barnett's 1960 volume follows the desert campaigns of 1940 to 1943, which pit Montgomery and the British armored forces against first the Italians and then Rommel and the German commanders. The volume includes photos and numerous maps detailing battle maneuvers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253203793
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1983
  • Pages: 352

Table of Contents

Author's Preface to the Second Edition 7
Author's Preface to First Edition 10
Acknowledgments 11
List of Illustrations 15
List of Sketch Maps 17
Part I The Forgotten Victor 19
Part II The Blunt Battleaxe 69
Part III The Price of Duty 81
Part IV The Image of a General 121
Part V The Victor of Alamein 177
Part VI Military Messiah 249
Sources 314
Appendices 330
Index 343
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