This new title in the 'Despatches From The Front' Series is fully up to the high standard
already set by earlier books in the series. Maps and a photo-plate section enhance the text which has been
compiled by the co-authors from despatches sent back to explain target achievement, challenges and future
objectives. This is a must for all historians and serious enthusiasts working in this area of the Second World War, but it is offered at an affordable price within the means of many more readers, who should not be deterred by the primary source nature of the content because it is very readable. Highly recommended.
As this series has expanded, it has become a very important information source for historians and enthusiasts seeking to understand the evolution of WWII.
This book provides many valuable insights into the minds of politicians and commanders in the field.
I recommend the book to anyone wanting to know more and in detail of the operations following Operation Torch and the ultimate defeat of the Axis forces. I also recommend it to wargamers of that region, since it lists all units and provides excellent accounts of the various stages and battles.
The book is culled from Henry’s diaries and recollections (as told to his son Lawrence), and is one of the most fascinating books on the war that I have read. Henry’s battalion fought in some of the fiercest battles of the war, including Snipe Ridge and Halfaya in Egypt, all through Tunisia and then on to Italy, where he was involved at Monte Cassino among many other extremely hard fought battles. Some of the campaign was akin to First World war trench warfare and the cold and wet were as effective as the enemy in causing casualties, especially among men who had been equipped with uniform for desert warfare! There were many things that I was ignorant of about the campaign in Italy and this book has opened my eyes to that. It is a well written and very articulate account of that campaign, as well as the others. This book is very good on detail without ever getting bogged down as so many ‘official’ books do. It covers the campaigns, the mood of the troops and the morale as a whole... Read more
ARRSE, Reviewed by OFAH
I found this an interesting concept for a book, and one which I thought the authors have worked out very well, not an easy thing to do with a battle that is not only famous, but so well documented. The idea of putting you in the shoes of those commanders, getting you to make decisions and then having to work with any impact/results of those decisions gives an interesting insight into what difficult choices military commanders have to make. Success or failure can depend on information that can be fluid, incomplete or even misleading.