Alexander McKee





Alexander McKee


Born
in Ipswich, Suffolk, The United Kingdom
July 25, 1918

Died
July 22, 1992

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Alexander McKee was no "yes-man", he dared to criticise many military, political, economic, media and academic icons and he always kept an open mind. He was fanatical about making his works as accurate as he possibly could. He was ever alert to plain-wrong, biased, distorted or sloppy reports and hidden agendas; wickedly delighting (the more so as a self-educated man) in criticising and exposing assertions that did not fit the evidence. Among his targets were those who tended to emphasise media-image-managment, the accumulation of personal wealth and career progression over both personal integrity and respect for other people's contributions. He gleefully highlighted all the many lapses of integrity that he found. Equally, many established ...more

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Wreck of the Medusa: The Tr...

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Caen: Anvil of Victory

3.76 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 1964 — 12 editions
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Dresden 1945: The Devil's T...

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The Race for the Rhine Brid...

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The Friendless Sky

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H.M.S. "Bounty": A True Acc...

3.63 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1961
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Strike from the Sky

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Vimy Ridge

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The Golden Wreck: The Trage...

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Death Raft

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“the French First Army near Speyer and Strasbourg. The preparations were pitifully inadequate and the losses heavy, but the objective, which was political and not military, was gained. This was to establish a French “presence” over the Rhine inside Germany, as a bargaining counter for the post-war period. Important though this was for France, it was a minor matter compared to forestalling the Soviet on the Baltic at the gateway to Scandinavia, the ultimate objective of 21st Army Group’s stage-managed crossing and the only one with a vital political aim as the prize. It was also the most critical as regards the time factor. Eisenhower was unique in his insistence on “broad front” policies of advance. The Russians were not sweeping into Europe on a broad front, with all the armies keeping step; instead, they were making their main drive for the politically most vital objectives—Berlin and the gateways”
Alexander McKee, The Race for the Rhine Bridges 1940, 1944, 1945

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