Barnett, Correlli.


Kimber, 2nd ed., 1960. 320 pp., various photo-plates + 25 maps. D.j., 20 x 13cm. A little wear to d.j., with tape marks to inside flaps & an echo of them on e.p.’s; stamp to f.f.e.p., from Garrison Education Centre, Fulwood Barracks, Preston with 3 date stamps o/w V.G. This is a major biography of five men under the strain of command in battle and is based upon interviews with almost every senior Desert officer and important new material from private papers, at the time, only just opened to the author. It is also the first ever complete account of the Desert campaign of 1940-43. The portraits include Sir Richard O’Conner, who won the fantastic victories over Graziani’s Italians in 1940; Sir Alan Cunningham, first commander of 8th Army; Sir Neil Ritchie, next 8th Army commander; Sir Claude Auchinleck, the Commander-in-Chief; and finally Field-Marshal Montgomery which reveals another side to the story he had already told.

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