Pitt, Barrie.


1st ed., 1981. 196 pp., 14 photo-plates + 8 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Prelims creased o/w V.G.+. When Churchill became Prime Minister in May 1940, his most pressing problem was who to appoint to lead the army into the field. This remained his chief consideration for two and a half years until a ‘winning team’ of army commanders was found. Until that time, Churchill’s relations with the top military command were always astringent and often turbulent. The careers of many leading professional soldiers were abruptly curtailed – Ironside, Gort, Dill, Wavell and Auchinleck all found themselves, often unjustly, the targets of Churchillian anger and his ruthless pursuit for victory. Then in 1942, guided by Sir Alan Brooke whom he had trusted from the outset, Churchill gave command of the vital Middle East theatre to Lieutenant-General Alexander. His commander in the field, in charge of the famous Eighth Army, was Lieutenant-General Montgomery. This is the story of Churchill’s relations with his generals, told in the context of the battles and campaigns in which those relationships developed.

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