Warner, Philip.


1st ed., 1981. 288 pp., photo-plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. D.j., spine sunned o/w Nr.FINE. Based on a wealth of previously unpublished material, this is the enlightening biography of Field-Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, the first British commander of World War II to defeat a German general in battle; namely, Rommel at Alamein which proved the true turning point of the North African campaign. Yet Auchinleck’s reward was replacement and near obscurity, a fate exacerbated by the petty-mindedness and jealousy of others. His last, perhaps greatest, achievement was for him the saddest; as C-in-C India during the turbulent Partition days he had to supervise the destruction of the old Indian Army, the force to which he had devoted so much time and affection. This biography takes a fresh and more balanced look at this almost-forgotten soldier, without shying from the controversies that have for some time surrounded his life and career.

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