Book Reviews of The Desert Generals

The Desert Generals
The Desert Generals
Author: Correlli Barnett
ISBN-13: 9780253203793
ISBN-10: 0253203791
Publication Date: 2/1983
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Indiana University Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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An outstanding contribution to the history of the Second World War, this complete account of the Desert Campaign of 1940-43 is now better than ever, with new commentary and fresh documentary evidence to back up the author's original conclusions even more strongly. Still here are the interviews with almost every senior Desert Officer.
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The new and enlarged edition from 1983, using newly released secret documents, further validates the original edition, which postulated that O'Connor and Auchinleck were the great British generals in the North African desert during early World War II. Montgomery was in a distant third place while Generals Richie and Cunningham lagged still further behind.

The book uses original documentation to show that Montgomery was just as careless with the truth as was his American counterpart, Douglas MacArthur.

Unfortunately, Allied morale needed boosting during the war and the leaders on both sides were willing to overlook the evidence that their "great generals" were not so good at that.

This books is a must for every person interested in the war in the North African and European theaters.