A Noble Crusade (Paperback)
The History of the Eighth Army, 1941–1945
Eighth Army was formed in Egypt in September 1941. A year later, under Montgomery, it defeated Rommel’s Panzerarmee Afrika at El Alamein which led to the victorious end of the North African campaign at Tunis in May 1943.
The controversial landings in Italy in September 1943 followed the short Sicilian campaign. Tenacious German resistance, exemplified by the protracted Monte Cassino battle during the first half of 1944, made the Eighth Army’s advance north testing and costly. In April 1945, Eighth Army, now commanded by General Dick McCreery, brilliantly attacked into the plain of Lombardy overcoming the last Nazi defensive lines in Italy.
No less than thirty-four Victoria Crosses were awarded to soldiers of Eighth Army who were drawn from every Empire and Commonwealth country, including neutral Ireland, and nations such as Poland occupied by the Nazis.
Drawing on official records and personal accounts, A Noble Crusade, first published in 1999, is a superb and comprehensive history of the most famous British military formation of the Second World War and, arguably, of all time.
If you're interested in a good history of the legendary British WW2 formation then this is a great way of reading it all in one place.Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
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Review by Jason HubbardIrregular Magazine | Spring Issue 2021
I was excited to read this book as I’m building an 8th Army and LRDG army for Bolt Action. My hope was this book would provide a lot of background info for my planned army. I wasn’t disappointed, the book provides a great depth of detail regarding the desert war as well as the European campaign...
... Anyone looking for a book with detailed researched information on the background of the Eighth army should take a look at this book.
Anyone who has an interest in military history will also not be disappointed by this book, its an easy read and a good starting point for reading more about the North African Campaign.