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War Diaries 1939–1945

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
For most of the Second World War, General Sir Alan Brooke (1883–1963), later Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke, was Britain's Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS) and Winston Churchill's principal military adviser, and antagonist, in the inner councils of war. He is commonly considered the greatest CIGS in the history of the British Army. His diaries—published here for t ...more
Paperback, 815 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by University of California Press (first published 1998)
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David
Jul 24, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Steve
Jan 02, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
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Brettsinclair70
Dec 17, 2016 Brettsinclair70 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inside account of WW2. Written before we knew who won...
Bernard Neeson
Jun 01, 2014 Bernard Neeson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alanbrooke was Britain's most important general in WW2. Responsible for the defence of the country against invasion in 1940, he later took over world-wide responsibility, as Chief of the Imperial General Staff.
This is the second major release of the diaries, the earlier version having been heavily expurgated by the editor.
Here we find Alanbrooke's candid views - not intended for publication. We learn that Churchill was drunk on occasion and, as a result, Cabinet meetings had to be abandoned from
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Mike Harbert
May 18, 2013 Mike Harbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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WRH
May 14, 2014 WRH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alanbrooke was the head of the British Imperial Army staff during WWII. He kept a diary throughout the war. Parts of it were mundane and could be skipped over quickly. However, a significant portion described his thoughts on dealing with Churchill and the Americans. It was a fascinating peek into the decisions made during the war.
Eric Grounds
Feb 05, 2014 Eric Grounds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David
Jan 13, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2012 Nick Boldrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-history
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.
Yuri
Aug 13, 2012 Yuri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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