Barnsley, 1st ed., 1999. Xiii + 216 pp., 31 photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Cutting Tipped-in, Extra. The conclusive victories of the British Eighth Army during the period from August 1942 to May 1943 have received little credit. This informed account examines the considerable problems faced and overcome by the commanders and men of Eighth Army. It describes their achievements and assesses their forgotten victories. New information is thrown on the highly significant Battle of Alam Halfa, the reasons for the escape of the bulk of Rommel's defeated forces after El Alamein, the contribution of Ultra and the close co-operations of the Eighth Army and its all too often ignored partner, the Desert Air Force. Even the specialist reader will delight in the analysis of the defensive action at Medenine and the Mareth Line battle where defeat was dramatically changed into victory, not to mention the storming of the Axis positions in the Gabes Gap.