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Dilemmas of the Desert War: The Libyan Campaign 1940-1942

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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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Bob Mobley
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Field Marshall Lord Carver examines in detail the military campaign carried out by the British in the North African Desert. First fighting the Italians, who they effectively destroyed enough to force Hitler to come to the support of his ally, Lord Carver then digs into the British battles against combined forces of Germans and Italians lead by Rommel. What I find most interesting in this tightly written and fascinating study is the continuous challenges faced by all sides fighting in the desert. ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carver's work largely focuses on a reassessment of the Battle of Gazala, Neil Rictchie's performance as commander of the Eighth Army, and attacking the myths - Carver's words - perpetuated by the likes of John Connell and Correlli Barnett. He also provides a general overview and analysis of the Desert War prior to Gazala, and then a swift look at the battles that followed.

Carver provides some stinging criticism of how British units were employed, of the infighting between all levels of command,
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Field Marshal Richard Michael Power Carver, Baron Carver GCB, CBE, DSO & Bar, MC (24 April 1915 – 9 December 2001) was a senior British Army officer. Lord Carver served as the Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, and then as the Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces. He served in the Second World War and organized the ad ...more
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