War Diaries, 1939-1945: Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke
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War Diaries, 1939-1945: Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke

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"The most important and most controversial military diaries of the modern era." These diaries provide a blow-by-blow account of how the Second World War was waged and eventually won.
Hardcover, 763 pages
Published May 14th 2001 by Weidenfeld &bNicolson (first published 1998)
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This review is in reference to the Danchev/Todman version, the unredacted one. As the top British military officer during WW ll, Alanbrooke participated in virtually every major political, military and civic planning/strategy meeting during the war. He met and worked with all the major military and political leaders of the time-Roosevelt, Marshall, Eisenhower, King, Churchill, the King, Stalin, etc. He was the major influence in the assignment of all the British commanders. He persuaded Churchil...more
Alanbrooke is the brains behind the Allied victory in WWII, according to these diaries. He published them in response to Churchill's self-glorification in his history of WWII. They show that Churchill was quite eccentric and almost mad, but then it would take a genius bordering on the brink of madness to have the courage and determination to see the war through. If it was not for Alanbrooke, what may have happened?

The first 50 pages are rather boring, and it is not until he is made CIGS that the...more
Eric Grounds
Taken in isolation, this is a very informative and interesting view of the War. When placed against other diaries and accounts for the same period, I was left wondering how objective the author was. Clearly I could never fill his shoes, but I admit to finding him rather self-satisfied
Mike Harbert
This is not a book to be read cover-to-cover. Instead it is a wonderful companion volume to the study of the war, especially if one is studying some of the key personalities involved; such as Montgomery, Eisenhower, Churchill, or George C Marshall. Part of the value of a work like this is in what is not addressed as we'll as what is covered. Also, it is fascinating to watch how Alan Brooke's views evolve over time - especially toward Churchill and Eisenhower.

If you read this book, or even use se...more
I loved these diaries - they gave an extraordinary insight into the day to day working of the war rooms; they gave a great insight into Allanbrooke's doubts about Churchill. But they also gave an insight into an older world.
Nick Boldrini
A Strange read. Some entries are very banal and almost boring, but you also get fascinating insites into how the top brass in Britain in World War II worked, thought, disagreed etc. Very good.
Must read if you want to know why the launch of the Second Front was postponed for 3 years, how Sevastopol in 1944 looked like, how allies became enemies, and many other things..
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