Eighth Army: The Triumphant Desert Army That Held the Axis by Robin Neillands

By Robin Neillands

8th military is a masterful epic of army heritage during which acclaimed historian Robin Neillands thrillingly chronicles the defeats and triumphs of the 8th military, thought of through many to be the main awesome combating strength of WWII. utilizing firsthand resource fabric together with own debts and interviews with veterans, Neillands diags deep into the recommendations, conflicts, controversies, and politically stimulated judgements that plagued, stymied, and glavanized this outstanding team of fellows. within the determined days among June 1940 and October 1942, 8th Army--a British strength representing the loose international and comprising many of the nice struggling with divisions of the War--was the single Western military left to stand the becoming Axis powers. notwithstanding eventually positive, those males confronted defeat. they'd to surmount out of date gear and detached command, in addition to the enemy--not forgetting their most deadly foe, Rommel, who met his fit in 8th Army's normal Sir Bernard Montgomery. From the battles fought at Sidi Rezegh, Alamein, Sicily, and Cassino--this riveting narrative reverberates with the unstoppable spirit of the boys whose energy carried them on a 3,000-mile march to victory.

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