The Eighth Army from Alam Halfa to Tunis 1942-1943.
When General Montgomery became commander of the Allied Eighth Army in North Africa in 1942, he found the troops dispirited after a series of defeats by Rommel. However, under his inspired leadership the army turned their fortunes around, going on to win seven battles and drive the enemy out of North Africa.
Little credit has been attributed to the Eighth Army for its victories, and even El Alamein has been consistently underrated. This highly informed and very readable account throws new light on the problems faced by the troops and their leaders in these decisive battles, in particular the Battle of Alam Halfa. Adrian Stewart also explores the reasons for the escape of Rommel's defeated forces after El Alamein, the contribution of Ultra, and the co-operation of the Eighth Army and its frequently overlooked partner, the Desert Air Force.
Lucid and accessible, with detail enough to delight the specialist, this masterly account is vital reading for all enthusiasts of military history.
- Publication Date:
- 06 / 08 / 2002
- 135 x 216mm