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The Desert Generals

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  62 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
For anyone interested in the history of the Desert Campaign in the Second World War, this book is a key account.

The distinguished historian Correlli Barnett gives here a complete and full account of the Desert Campaign 1940-43, an epic story set in a wasteland where soldiers fought for victory in a tumult of mechanical warfare. But The Desert Generals is also the story of

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Published July 14th 2011 (first published March 28th 1961)
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Sep 26, 2014 Jur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As they say: a darn good read! I picked it up at Skook books which rewarded me so well on my first visit this weekend.

The desert war has always fascinated me. It's the topography of the battlefields, as Barnett says, almost empty and therefor best suited for a clash of generalship. Here the operational genius of Rommel and O'Connor would stand out against the mediocrity of most others. But there's also the strategic side, the long distances and the logistic challenge (where Rommel showed less b
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Mar 11, 2009 Chris Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nivy nice piece of historical revisionism. It doesn't so much undermine Montgomery's reputation, as restore the reputations of those who preceded him -- especially 'The Auk': General Claude Auchinleck.
Correlli Barnett gives an account of the war in the North African Desert from 1940-43, as the book title suggests it looks at the five Generals who commanded the allied armies in that area. It looks at their triumphs and their defeats, but it also looks at the character of the men and how well or otherwise they coped with the strain and lonliness of command, and the pressures they were under from outside influences.
Correrelli Barnett is obviously a fan of O'Connor and Auchinleck and even more ob
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May 30, 2015 Michael Romo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barnett is one of my all-time favorite authors. If you like WWII history you will not be disappointed.
Ryan Wulfsohn
An important and at the time it was originally published controversial book. I don't agree with all Barnett's conclusions. Could have been far better edited and the maps are a joke.
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Correlli Barnett is the author of highly-praised history books, such as 'The Desert Generals', 'The Swordbearers' and 'Britain and her Army'. He was historical consultant and part author of the BBC series 'The Great War' and won the 1964 Screen Writers' Guild Award for best British television documentary script.
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