Brighton, Terry.


1st ed., 2008. Xxiii + 439 pp., 61 photo-plates + 4 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. During World War II, Great Britain, the United States and Germany each produced one land force commander who stood out from the rest: Montgomery, Patton and Rommel. All three generals were arrogant, publicity seeking and personally flawed, yet with a genius for the command of men and an unrivalled enthusiasm for combat. All achieved spectacular success on the battlefield but the explosive passions of their relationships with each other and with their political masters rivalled the pyrotechnics of their tank battles in determining the conduct and outcome of the war. For the first time this book puts all three 'in the same ring' and allows them to fight it out against the backdrop of the great battles of North Africa, the invasions of Sicily and Italy, the Normandy landings and the push through France and Belgium into Germany. Through the mutual respect of the arch-enemies Monty and Rommel, and the mutual animosity of the allies Monty and Patton, this book presents the Second World War as it was experienced by its three most flamboyant, controversial and influential commanders.

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