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Alamein: The Turning Point of World War Two

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Superb war novelist, Iain Gale, moves into the twentieth century and World War Two, telling the story of the eleven days that would change the course of history.

There are some battles that change the course of history: Alamein is one of those.

In October 1942, Britain and its allies were in trouble. Germany and its Axis partners were winning ground in Europe, in Russia, in
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published April 15th 2009)
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John Reid
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gale’s writing is excellent, especially on two scores: He is a good storyteller and he has great knowledge of his subject. Beyond that, he manages to provide an insight into the mindset of the British commander, Bernard Law Montgomery (without the reader needing a degree in psychoanalysis) and the torn allegiances of the German opponent, Erwin Rommel (by then entering a conspiracy to depose Hitler). Beyond Rommel’s mental conflict – he was suffering what we would now most likely term PTSD – ther ...more
John Harper
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fictional novel heavily based on the true story of the 2nd battle of El Alamein. The novel follows circa 6 point of view characters, one of them fictional, the rest of them very real people.

The accounts of the war, the waiting, the terror, senseless destruction and the differences between the two sides is very well done and gives great historical info for history buffs. Its a great way to get a good feel for one of the turning points of the second world war.

My only criticism is if
Henri Moreaux
This is one of the best historical fiction novels I've read yet - it follows very closely to actual events as they happened, merely fictionalising the unknown to portray events in a more gripping manner.

It covers 13 days, being the day before and the 12 days of the battle of El Alamein which is regarded as the turning point in world war 2 when Germany went from being on the offensive, to being on the defensive. It is the 12 days which caused the beginning of the collapse of Germany's Afrika Cor
Chris Wray
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This was ok, and it captured something of the essence of the desert war, but none of the characters were developed enough to make it really memorable. This is definitely more than just an action story, but doesn't do enough to elevate it to the level of being a great, or even a very good, war novel.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war

Really enjoyed reading this one. A well written, unbiased easy read.
Beginning sets the scene and introduces the characters then all hell breaks lose so to speak.
Pretty graphic scenes of battle and killing and I definitely did feel for the characters. Great novel based on fact.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lucid and even-handed fictionalised portrayal of one of the great turning point battles of World War Two. All the main combatants are vividly brought to life and it's welcoming to see the bravery of Italian troops recognised. A moving and telling insight into the chaos and horrors of combat.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the audiobook. Well read and a good blend of fiction and fact.
Stirring stuff and worth a listen.
Franco Forleo
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction at its best.
S Glenn Krochmal
Exceedingly gory, but well written
Chris Page
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read with a good use of fiction to demonstrate factual events avoiding the trap of dry recounting of facts like a tick list and the book is a sensible length. Definitely worth the read.
Derek Mcknight
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok

Disappointing. Lots of gore but didn't develop any sympathy for the characters and the retelling of the battle was confusing and I have studied it in the past! Would not recommend.
Mark Donald
Good action scenes but too many characters to get a feel for any in a strong way it's a new character pretty much every character of the book. It has a German officer, an Italian officer, an American ambulance driver,Monty, Rommel and several different Australian and New Zealand soldiers too
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read, an untaxing historical novel.

I was frustrated with the mention of 'smooth-bore rifles' in the the history of the Rifle Brigade, other than that, an enjoyable read.
Ken Hammond
Alamein: The Turning Point of World War Two by Iain Gale. As title says a turning point in world war 2 the characters were all real except the American red cross guys, kind of a fly on the wall kind of thing, anyway second time I've read this and reflected on it as much as the first time just a special part of history every New Zealander shouldn't forget told in a way that our grandfathers never did.
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Iain Gale has always had a passion for military history. He is the Editor of the National Trust for Scotland magazine and Art critic for Scotland on Sunday. He lives outside Edinburgh with his wife and children. His first novel, Four Days in June,is a stand-alone military adventure set on the battlefields of Waterloo.
He is also the writer of eleven non-fiction books.

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