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The Campaigns of Alexander of Tunis, 1940-1945 (Paperback)

WWII Japan & the Pacific Front Italian Front in WWII Military

By Adrian Stewart
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 16pp B & W
ISBN: 9781399074650
Published: 30th June 2022

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Alex, as he was known whether by Prime Ministers or the rank-and-file, was a legendary figure. A hero from the Great War he saw active service in Russia in 1919-20 and against the Pathans on the North West Frontier in 1935. By 1940 he was a divisional commander with the BEF in France. His conduct during the withdrawal through Dunkirk where he took over the British 1st Corps in the crisis confirmed his outstanding ability. In the dark days of 1942 by now a full general he was sent to Burma with orders to hold the Japanese at Rangoon. Just in time he realised this was impossible and his decision to withdraw prevented a total disaster. Despite this defeat he retained Churchill's confidence and he was appointed C in C Middle East.

While eclipsed in PR terms by his subordinate Montgomery, many felt that Monty owed his success to Alex by protecting him from an increasingly impatient Churchill. Alexander went on to command the invasion of Sicily and as Army Group Commander masterminded the long slog up through Italy. His charm and easy nature were his greatest strengths as others worked enthusiastically with him. But critics have sought to prove that he lacked true ability and steel. This objective work's conclusions will be eagerly awaited.

There have been at least 6 other books written on Field Marshal Alex. This is the seventh and makes an excellent read. The background to Alex's life up until 1939 is dealt with briefly and the meat of the book concentrates on his qualities as a commander at Divisional level and above but with plenty of references to the Micks. A well-researched and well-written book, it is an easily-digestible insight into the greatest Mick officer of the war.

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About Adrian Stewart

ADRIAN STEWART was educated at Rugby School before taking First Class Honours at Caius College, Cambridge. His previously published works include: The Battle for Leyte Gulf; Hurricane; The War Exploits of the Fighter Aircraft; Guadalcanal; World War IIs Fiercest Naval Campaign and Underrated Enemy: Britains War with Japan December 1941 May 1942. His Eighth Armys Greatest Victories (1999), Early Battles of Eighth Army (2002), They Flew Hurricanes (2005), The Campaigns of Alexander of Tunis 1940-1945 (2008) and have all been published by Pen and Sword Books. He lives near Rugby.

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