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By Simon Ball

ISBN-10: 0199682038

ISBN-13: 9780199682034

El Alamein used to be one of many pivotal battles of the second one global warfare, fought by way of armies and air forces at the innovative of army expertise. but Alamein has continually had a patchy recognition - with many commentators prepared to knock its significance.

This e-book explains simply why El Alamein is this sort of debatable conflict. in line with a radical examining of the modern resources, specifically the vast and lately declassified British bugging of Axis prisoners of conflict, army historian Simon Ball turns Alamein on its head, explaining it as a cultural defeat for Britain.

Alamein is an army historical past of the conflict - exhibiting how varied it appears stripped of later cultural excrescences. however it additionally exhibits how 'Alamein tradition' saturated the post-war international, while archival resources mingled with movie, novels, magazines, well known histories, and the remainder of Alamein's footprint.

Whether you have an interest within the conflict itself or its cultural afterlife, in case you have an opinion approximately Alamein, you will query it after examining this book.

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He had a particularly bitter exchange with Brigadier Currie of th Armoured Brigade. Currie objected to the suicidal nature of the mission assigned to the Brigade. Freyberg was recorded as saying that he and Montgomery were ‘aware of the risk and had accepted the possibility of losing % casualties in  ARMD Bde to make the break’. 69 At this point the Middle East Forces did not regard the casualty figures that had been collated for the battle thus far as disproportionately high. Overall the Eighth Army had lost  officers and , men.

Ii. ‘The main task of  Corps will be to destroy the enemy’s armour. ’ iii. ’ iv. ’ v. ‘Further South . . ’7  OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 10/5/2016, SPi ALAMEIN UNPLUGGED Freddie de Guingand, the chief of staff of the Eighth Army, attended corps conferences to consider the plan on  and  October , keeping detailed notes from which to brief Montgomery. X Corps was considerably more hostile to the plan than XXX Corps. Generals in both corps disputed, however, whether the speed of operations outlined in the plan could be achieved.

It was predicated on AOK taking the decision to move . Panzer-Division to the Northern Sector. If Rommel redeployed the Panzer-Division, Eighth Army could itself shift the th Armoured Division to the Northern Sector. It was ‘a thousand to one against the Italians attempting any major offensive operation’ in the South. If these realignments occurred, there were choices to make about the next phase of the battle. ’40 On the morning of  October  Montgomery convened all the senior commanders of the Eighth Army at HQ, th Australian Division.

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