Before the battle of El Alamein in 1942, the British had never won a major battle on land against the Germans. At Alamein, the British Eighth Army first thwarted the Axis attempts to seize Cairo and the Suez Canal and eventually drove Axis forces out of North Africa. It was an achievement that had psychological effects that exceeded even its strategic importance. For the battered British Empire battling against the might of the Third Reich, this victory was crucial to its ability to continue its war efforts.
In El Alamein, Bryn Hammond tells the full story of this crucial clash. Drawing on a remarkable array of firsthand accounts, he reveals the personal experiences of those on the frontline, provides a fascinating account of the detail that went into planning and fighting the battle, and analyzes the strategic decisions made by the generals. Hammond also shows how El Alamein’s significance went beyond the events of the war. The opposing commanders—Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel—were perhaps the first “celebrity” generals, attracting the attention of press and newsreel reporters alike.
El Alamein is the story of how a seemingly beaten and demoralized army turned near-defeat into victory.
Hardcover Book : 344 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Ltd. ( June 20, 2012 )
Item #: 13-597961
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.2 inches
Product Weight: 22.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)