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Dilemmas of the Desert War: The Libyan Campaign 1940-1942
Having written acclaimed accounts of Tobruk and El Alamein, Field Marshal Lord Carver has used newly available first-hand historical resources—including the recently released war diaries and private papers of General Sir Neil Ritchie, the predecessor to Montgomery in command of the Eighth Army—to reassess the story of the British campaign in the North African desert. Histo ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Spellmount
(first published December 1986)
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It seems that every time a British general writes about the war in North Africa, he's got a sore to pick, a bone to chew, a commander he reveres and another one he disparages. Lord Carver, for instance, in this somewhat dry (sorry!) narrative of British Army's war against the Axis in North Africa, likes Ritchie and takes issue with those who feel that Auchinleck was the true hero of the campaign. He has some points, but he has to extensively quote operational orders and argue about at what time ...more