Parkinson, Roger.


1st ed., 1977. 272 pp., photo & map-plates. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck was one of Britain’s greatest military leaders in the Second World War but prior to this biography he had never received full recognition. The author makes use of then recently released Cabinet documents to uncover new facets of the difficult and often painful relationship between Churchill and Auchinleck and between Auchinleck and his technical subordinate, Montgomery. It was Auchinleck who laid the foundations for victory in the Western Desert when he won the decisive First Battle of Alamein in July 1942, making possible Montgomery’s triumph at the better-known Second Battle of Alamein. By stressing the importance of the first clash, the author places it in its true perspective. At the same time he reveals the extent of Auchinleck’s achievements which have too often been overlooked.

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