1st ed., 1957. 766 pp., frontis-port., + 5 maps. D.j., 21 x 15cm. Spine of d.j., slightly faded o/w FINE. Lord Alanbrooke, the master-strategist of World War II, noted down each day in a locked Diary his thoughts and feelings as he extricated his troops from France in 1940 and, later, as C.I.G.S. and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, took part at the highest level in the Conferences – Moscow, Casablanca, Washington, and Quebec – where the grand design of victory was hammered out. Personalities as well as problems were set down with vivid immediacy and after some years Lord Alanbrooke wrote his comments on both without altering a word of the original. Out of this material, largely used in extensor, the author has forged an important history. This is the first of two volumes, complete in itself for the period 1939 to 1943.