Whiting, Charles.


Marlborough, 1st ed., 1989. 302 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. This fast-moving book is the first to delve deep into the secrets of Montgomery's last, and greatest, battle, looking behind the official mask to reveal the man and his motivations. It pinpoints his passionate silent vow of revenge for the humiliation of the British Army at Dunkirk, and traces this constant thread through the Desert Campaign of 1942, to the final challenge three years later – the total destruction of Hitler's Third Reich. The book looks at many other fascinating episodes of this climatic period, but it deals mainly with Montgomery: his skill as a soldier and his vanity as a man; his secret political struggles with his American and Russian allies; and his moment of crowning glory – his greatest-ever victory in his last battle of all.

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