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    DescriptionIn this compelling account of the decisive World War II battle of El Alamein, Jon Latimer brings to life the harsh desert conflict in North Africa. In October 1942, after a two-year seesaw campaign across the wasteland of western Egypt and eastern Libya, the British Eighth Army not only achieved a significant military victory over the combined German-Italian Panzer Army but also provided an enormous psychological boost for the Allies. This is the story of two of the most intriguing commanders of the war. Latimer offers remarkably balanced portraits of Bernard Law Montgomery, whose real achievement was overshadowed by his prickly ego, and Erwin Rommel, whose tactical brilliance could not overcome his disdain for the administrative side of war. Alamein, Latimer notes, was a victory for modern armaments, with concentrated artillery used on a scale not seen since 1918. Equally important were the critical contributions of naval and air forces in cutting off the German supply lines and supporting the ground troops, roles largely overlooked in standard accounts. But "Alamein" is at heart the story of the infantry soldiers who fought in a scorched wilderness. Often using their own words, Latimer vividly describes the experiences of the gunners, sappers, cavalrymen, and airmen--Britons, Canadians, Australians, Indians, Germans, Italians, and others--who struggled in the heat, sand, and dust of this brutal environment. With their success at El Alamein, the British forces would drive Rommel's army into Tunisia--and ultimate destruction in the North African Campaign of 1943.


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    Title
    Alamein
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jon Latimer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 448
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674013766
    ISBN 10: 067401376X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    DC22: 940.5423
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    DC21: 940.5423
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL
    Illustrations note
    32 halftones, 14 maps
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    10 December 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Jon Latimer lectured at the University of Wales, Swansea and served in the Territorial Army. He is the author of 1812: War with America and Alamein (both from Harvard).
    Review quote
    [Latimer's] extensive research is evident both in the book's organization and in the endnotes...This well-written and-organized book is highly recommended. -- Lt. Col. Charles M. Minyard Library Journal 20021001 Exhaustively researched and comprehensive...[Latimer's] inclusion of veterans' recollections and memoirs will grab the interest of generalists looking for something more than simple war stories. Latimer's critical but balanced view of Rommel, British general Montgomery and others is welcome; the inclusion of their opinions of, and dealings with, eachother are in keeping with the best professional military history...All aspects of the battle are covered...All well presented in a carefully crafted and exciting style...Painstaking yet gripping, this should be the definitive account of the battle itself for years to come. Publishers Weekly 20021104 Jon Latimer's Alamein is the work of a former British Army officer, a meticulous military history inclusive of accurate and often hitherto unknown details. It is a classic, near-encyclopedic reconstruction. -- John Lukas Los Angeles Times 20021124 Latimer meticulously describes how, after a couple of dispiriting years of desert warfare, British and Commonwealth forces achieved in October 1942 the victory they craved over German and Italian forces at El Alamein in Egypt. -- Lawrence D. Freedman Foreign Affairs 20030101
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Maps Introduction Part I: An Obscure Railway Halt 1. Colonial Rivals 2. Enter Rommel 3. The Fall of Tobruk 4. The Alamein Line 5. Malta 6. Enter Monty 7. Alam Halfa 8. Lightfoot 9. In the Line 10. Final Preparations Part II: The Battle 11. Barrage 12. The Assault 13. The Armour Stalls 14. Crisis Conference 15. Crumbling 16. The Defence of Outpost Snipe 17. Thompson's Post 18. Supercharge 19. The Beginning of the End 20. The End of the Beginning Appendix: Orders of Battle, 23 October 1942 Notes Bibliography Index