The book reveals the truths behind the conventional images of three of Great Britain's primary military leaders during and immediately after the Second World War. Mountbatten’s fumbling in india is also realistically portrayed in these pages, putting paid to the “man for the century’s” overly embellished reputation.
At the same time, montgomery feared and was jealous of Patton, whose rate of advance was nearly always twice that of Monty’s. The services of field marshals wavell and auchinleck, two of britain’s finest commanders of the war, were largely lost to Britain because of Churchill’s consistent interfering in field matters and his need to contrive almost anything to remain in power after he had been responsible for the fall of Singapore.
Hollow Heroes: An Unvarnished Look at the Wartime Careers of Churchill, Montgomery and Mountbatten - In each case there was a totally different side to each man, which demonstrates that a great deal of their reputation was built on contrived results, deception and dishonesty. It examines the influence and impediment of “class” on the performance of the british Army in World War II, and quotes the views of the Americans that far too often there was an unwillingness among the British to base officer promotion on effectiveness rather than on social background; conforming was more important than performing, as anyone who has served in the British Army’s ranks would agree.
Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of WarCrown - Opening new avenues of inquiry into the lives and careers of three men widely profiled by scholars and popular historians alike, brighton definitively answers numerous lingering and controversial questions: was patton really as vainglorious in real life as he was portrayed to be on the silver screen?—and how did his tireless advocacy of "mechanized cavalry" forever change the face of war? Was Monty's dogged publicity-seeking driven by his own need for recognition or by his desire to claim for Britain a leadership role in postwar global order?—and how did this prickly "commoner" manage to earn affection and esteem from enlisted men and nobility alike? How might the war have ended if Rommel had had more tanks?—and what fundamental philosophical difference between him and Hitler made such an outcome virtually impossible? Abetted by new primary source material and animated by Terry Brighton's incomparable storytelling gifts, Montgomery, Rommel offers critical new interpretations of the Second World War as it was experienced by its three most flamboyant, Patton, controversial, and influential commanders—and augments our understanding of each of their perceptions of war and leadership.
. In patton, montgomery, one of britain's most accomplished military scholars presents an unprecedented study of the land war in the North African and European theaters, Rommel, as well as their chief commanders—three men who also happened to be the most compelling dramatis personae of World War II. Beyond spellbinding depictions of pivotal confrontations at el alamein, montgomery's, and the ardennes forest, author-scholar Terry Brighton illuminates the personal motivations and historical events that propelled the three men's careers: how Patton's, and Rommel's Great War experiences helped to mold their style of command—and how, exactly, Monte Cassino, they managed to apply their arguably megalomaniacal personalities and hitherto unrecognized political acumen and tact to advance their careers and strategic vision.
Field Marshal: The Life and Death of Erwin RommelCasemate - Above all, he was the quintessential german patriot, who ultimately would refuse to abandon his moral compass, so that on one pivotal day in June 1944 he came to understand that he had mistakenly served an evil man and evil cause. In france in 1940, he proved himself a master of armored warfare, at normandy in 1944, then for two years in North Africa, then finally back in France again, running rings around a succession of Allied generals who never got his measure and could only resort to overwhelming numbers to bring about his defeat.
Erwin rommel was a complex man: a born leader, instinctive, a devoted husband and proud father; intelligent, brave, brilliant soldier, egotistical, vain, compassionate, and arrogant. And yet for all his military genius, a man who could admire Adolf Hitler at the same time that he despised the Nazis, Rommel was also naive, dazzled by a Führer whose successes blinded him to the true nature of the Third Reich.
Field Marshal: The Life and Death of Erwin Rommel - In the end erwin rommel was forced to die by his own hand, as some would claim, not because, he had dabbled in a tyrannicidal conspiracy, but because he had committed a far greater crime – he dared to tell Adolf Hitler the truth. In field marshal historian daniel allen butler not only describes the swirling, but assesses the temper of the man who finally fought only for his country, innovative campaigns in which Rommel won his military reputation, and no dark depths beyond.
He would still fight for germany even as he abandoned his oath of allegiance to the Führer, when he came to realize that Hitler had morphed into nothing more than an agent of death and destruction.
The Great Boer WarPen and Sword Military - Byron farwell served as an officer in the North African and Italian campaigns in World War II and also in the Korean War. The great boer war 1899 - 1902 – more properly the great anglo-boer war – was one of the last romantic wars, pitting a sturdy, stubborn pioneer people fighting to establish the independence of their tiny nation against the British Empire at its peak of power and self-confidence.
He was elected a fellow of the royal society of Literature in 1964, and is the author of Queen Victoria’s Little Wars, also published by Pen & Sword. Byron farwell traces the war’s origins, the slow mounting of the british efforts to overthrow the afrikaners, the remarkable series of bloody battles that almost consistently ended in victory for the Boers over the much more numerous British forces, the bungling and bickering of the British command, Mafeking and Kimberley, political developments in London and Pretoria, the sieges of Ladysmith, the concentration camps into which Boer families were herded and the exhausting guerrilla warfare of the last few years when the Boer armies were finally driven from the field.
The Great Boer War - The great boer war is a definitive history of a dramatic conflict by a master story teller and historian. It was fought in the barren vastness of the South African veldt, and it produced in almost equal measure extraordinary feats of personal heroism, unbelievable examples of folly and stupidity, and many incidents of humor and tragedy.
The Desert GeneralsWeidenfeld & Nicolson - A classic account of the Desert Campaign of 1940-43, by a renowned military historian. The distinguished historian correlli barnett gives here a complete and full account of the Desert Campaign 1940-43, an epic story set in a wasteland where soldiers fought for victory in a tumult of mechanical warfare.
But the desert generals is also the story of five men under the strain of command in battle, the commanders who successively led the Allied forces against first the Italians and then the Germans in the ebb and flow of the desert war, culminating in the myth of Montgomery and the battle of Alamein, a myth that Correlli Barnett sets out to expose as ill-founded.
The Desert Generals - Brilliantly written, the desert generals captures at every level the intensity and human drama of a unique and compelling episode in the history of war and warfare.
Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl HarborW. W. Norton & Company - Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way mission to pummel Japan’s factories, refineries, and dockyards in retaliation for their attack on Pearl Harbor. The raid buoyed america’s morale, and prompted an ill-fated Japanese attempt to seize Midway that turned the tide of the war.
Deeply researched and brilliantly written, Target Tokyo has been hailed as the definitive account of one of America’s most daring military operations. But it came at a horrific cost: an estimated 250, 000 Chinese died in retaliation by the Japanese. Finalist for the 2016 pulitzer prize in History"Like Lauren Hillebrand's Unbroken…Target Tokyo brings to life an indelible era.
Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor - Ben cosgrove, the daily beastOn April 18, 1942, sixteen U. S.
The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War IINational Geographic - These three remarkable men-of-arms who rose from the gruesome hell of the First World War to become the finest generals of their generation during World War II redefined America's ideas of military leadership and brought forth a new generation of American soldier. Celebrated historian winston groom tells the uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall, from World War I to World War II.
Their efforts revealed to the world the grit and determination that would become synonymous with America in the post-war years. Filled with novel-worthy twists and turns, the generals is a powerful, and set against the backdrop of the most dramatic moments of the twentieth century, action-packed book filled with marvelous surprises and insights into the lives of America's most celebrated warriors.
Patton: A Biography Great GeneralsSt. Martin's Griffin - Army, alan axelrod delivers a fascinating account of Patton's life and legacy. Patton embodied contradiction: a cavalryman steeped in romantic military tradition, he nevertheless pulled a reluctant American military into the most advanced realms of highly mobile armored warfare. From patton's boyhood battling dyslexia and becoming an avid reader, to his leadership strategies that modernized the U.
S. Military unit in world war ii; an exuberantly profane man, he prayed daily and believed God had destined him for military greatness; a profoundly insecure individual, he made his Third Army the most self-confident and consistently victorious fighting force in the European theater. An autocratic snob, patton created unparalleled rapport and loyalty with the lowliest private in his command; an outspoken racist, he led the only racially integrated U.
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Divided on D-Day: How Conflicts and Rivalries Jeopardized the Allied Victory at NormandyPrometheus Books - Among the questions addressed are: What caused the two-month delay for the Allied breakout from the Normandy beachhead. Why did the bulk of the german army escape from the falaise pocket? who stopped patton's august 1944 advance into Germany? Why did it take so long to open the Port of Antwerp needed for securing the required supplies for the Allied advance into Germany? The evidence presented in this book makes it clear that the problems raised by these questions and many other difficulties could have been avoided if the Allied commanders had been less contentious, a factor that sometimes led to catastrophic battlefield outcomes.
Two historians--one american and one British--examine the ways in which rivalries and personality conflicts among Allied commanders adversely affected the D-Day invasion and its aftermath. In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of D-Day comes this fresh perspective on the Normandy invasion -- -the beginning of the end of World War II.
From their in-depth analysis of past d-day literature, primary and archival sources, the authors provide insightful answers to the many controversies that have long surrounded the OVERLORD campaign. Complete with maps that illustrate the campaign's progression and photographs of the commanders and the forbidding battlefield terrain, this new examination of the war in Europe makes a major contribution to our understanding of the decision-making behind these pivotal historic events.
Divided on D-Day: How Conflicts and Rivalries Jeopardized the Allied Victory at Normandy - Two historians, increased casualties, show how lack of cooperation and bad decisions lengthened the war, one American and one British, and allowed the later Soviet domination of Eastern Europe. The book highlights the conflicting egos, national rivalries, and professional abilities of the principal D-Day commanders who planned and executed the OVERLORD Operation and its aftermath.
Ike and Monty: Generals at WarSharpe Books - The allied invasion of Normandy was one of the greatest military operations of the last hundred years. Gelb has excavated beneath surface events, and produced an intelligent, delved into political and psychological factors, fast-moving narrative. Professor arnold ages, baltimore sun “vivid and comprehensive … Absorbing … Sets a high standard for other reconstructions” — Kirkus Reviews.
But although it was led by two great commanders, they seldom saw eye to eye. Dwight david eisenhower and bernard Law Montgomery were men of such profoundly contrasting temperaments and strategic orientation that their relationship was bound to be stormy. It is also an account of how their clash of wills came to personify the historic moment when the United States assumed the role of superpower in the West and once-powerful Great Britain was obliged to accept that it could no longer aspire to such exalted status.
Ike and Monty: Generals at War - Norman gelb has written several highly acclaimed books, including 'Desperate Venture: The Story of Operation Torch', 'The Allied Invasion of North Africa' and 'Dunkirk: The Complete Story of the First Step in the Defeat of Hitler'. Ike and monty’ is the first book to focus exclusively on how their often bitter relationship determined the fate of the Allied effort to liberate Europe in World War II.
From the invasion of north africa to d-day, from the Battle of the Bulge to the fall of Berlin, Ike and Monty draws a masterful portrait of a tortured union between two military giants. He lives in london and is a correspondent for New Leader magazine. Praise for Norman Gelb:“Mr.
Patton: Ordeal and TriumphWestholme Publishing - A sweeping, absorbing biography and critically hailed, Patton: Ordeal and Triumph provides unique insights into Patton's life and leadership style and is military history at its finest. His image among his troops and much of the press achieved legendary status through his bold and colorful comments and combat leadership, yet these same qualities nearly jeopardized his career and forced him out of the battle on several occasions.
He represents toughness, determination, focus, and the ideal of achievement in the face of overwhelming odds. The best Patton biography. Military bookmanHe is America's most famous general. Victory was impossible without Patton, and returning to the field, his army was responsible for one of the most crushing advances in the history of warfare.
In ladislas farago's masterpiece, Patton: Ordeal and Triumph, the complete story of this fascinating personality is revealed. Under patton's direction, american troops cut their teeth against rommel's Afrikakorps, advanced further and more quickly than British General Montgomery's army in the conquest of Sicily, and ultimately continued their exploits by punching into Germany and checking the Russian westward advance at the end of World War II.
Patton: Ordeal and Triumph - Patton moved from being a foresighted lieutenant in the First World War to commanding the Third Army in the next, leading armored divisions in the Allied offensive that broke the back of Nazi Germany. Born into an aristocratic california family, Patton rose in military rank quickly and was tapped to lead the Allied landings in North Africa in 1942.