Barnsley, 1st ed., 2005. Xxvii + 353 pp., 15 photo & other plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. While every soldier's contribution to the Second World War counted, it was the quality of the 340 generals that was the determining factor. Whilst a number of these are household names the vast majority are now forgotten. Yet, as the author's painstaking research in this biographical dictionary reveals, their numbers include some extraordinary characters ranging from the highly competent, through the eccentric to the dangerously incompetent and downright non-descript. This book is primarily a work of reference with not just fact but informed comment as well upon the characters discussed. But, taken as a whole, it is inevitably a history of the British Army's activities during this bitter conflict that deserves space in every military library.