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El Alamein 1942 (Hardback)

Turning Point in the Desert

WWII North Africa in WWII El Alamein Military

By Richard Doherty
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 257
ISBN: 9781526700797
Published: 11th September 2017

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The Battle of El Alamein is well established as a pivotal moment of the Second World War. Following the wildly fluctuating fortunes of the opposing sides, there was a real risk that Rommel’s Afrika Korps and his Italian allies would break through and seize Cairo with catastrophic strategic and political implications for the Allies. That this never happened is, of course, well known but, as this highly readable yet authoritative work reveals, there were moments of extreme peril and anxiety.

Churchill’s bold, nay desperate, decisions concerning key appointments, Montgomery’s stubborn refusal to be rushed, Rommel’s chronic logistic problems and critical air superiority are all examined in expert detail. The author’s description of the actual fighting is brought to life by personal accounts as well as his complete grasp of the plan and tactics involved.

The result, seventy-five years on, is a delightfully fresh and fascinating account of one of the iconic battles, not just of the War but in military history.

Provides us with an in-depth and clinical analysis of what many historians would argue was a pivotal moment of WW2. The units, formations and commanders along with precise details of each battle are recounted meticulously including some very informative illustrations of deployments from each of the three battles.

An Cosantóir, May 2018 – reviewed by Owen Foley

The photos compliment excellently the text.

Jon Sandison, Freelance

Churchill described El Alamein as ‘not the beginning of the end but perhaps the end of the beginning’, an important point in the war, but with so much more to be accomplished. A relatively modest photo-plate section has avoided the most used images of other books to support a well-researched and nicely presented review of this critical battle of WWII – Very Highly recommended.

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About Richard Doherty

Richard Doherty, recognised as Ireland’s leading military history author, has thirty published books to his credit, plus many articles in journals and magazines. Included in his Pen and Sword titles are The Thin Green Line: The History of the RUC GC; Helmand Mission; Victory in Italy and Hobart’s 79th Armoured Division at War. He has worked on radio and TV historical series, including The Sons of Ulster and One Man’s War, as well as contributing to other programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are? He is also in demand as a speaker and lecturer, speaking at venues such as the National Army Museum, the Tank Museum and the US Marine Corps Staff and Command College, Quantico, Virginia.

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