Since its first publication in 1960, The Desert Generals has become recognized as an outstanding contribution to the history of the Second World War. It was the first-ever complete account of the Desert Campaign of 1940-1943. During three years of research the author interviewed almost every senior Desert Officer, including Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, and important new material from private papers was opened to him. The Desert Generals gives intimate portraits of five men under the strain of command in battle: Sir Richard O'Connor, who won the fantastic victories over Graziani's Italians in 1940; Sir Alan Cunningham, the first commander of the 8th Army, who as a sick man had to face the crisis in the Crusader battle of November 1941; his successor Sir Neil Ritchie, who personified the characteristics of the Establishment and was beaten in the summer battles of 1942 by the dynamism of German leadership; the C-in-C of 8th Army, Sir Claude Auchinleck, whose great but never officially acknowledged victory in the First Battle of Alamein was rewarded with dismissal; and Field Marshal Montgomery, whose own version of his Desert victories was first challenged by the author...
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