Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein

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Overlook Press, 2004 - History - 531 pages
"In late June 1942, the dispirited and defeated British Eighth Army was pouring back toward the tiny railway halt of El Alamein in the western desert of Egypt. Tobruk had fallen and Eighth Army had suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Rommel's Panzerarmee Afrika. Yet just five months later, the famous opening bombardment signaled the start of Eighth Army's own offensive, which destroyed the Axis threat to Egypt." "Explanations for the remarkable change in the fortunes of Britain's desert army have generally been sought in the abrasive personality of the new army commander Lieutenant-General Bernard Law Montgomery. But the long running controversies surrounding the commanders of Eighth Army - Generals Auchinleck and Montgomery - and that of their legendary opponent, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, have often been allowed to obscure the true nature of the Alamein campaign." "This is also the story of how an army learned from its mistakes. For too long the change in personalities at the top has blurred the real continuity of experience that saw the Eighth Army transform itself from a tactically inept collection of units into a battle-winning army. Pendulum of War explores the Eighth Army's learning curve, and shows how lessons from bitter experience were used to develop improved tactical methods that eventually mastered the veterans of Rommel's Afrika Korps."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A wide-ranging, technical analysis of the bitter campaign, throughout the second half of 1942, for dominion of Egypt.Barr (Defense Studies/Kings College London) examines the North African theater in ... Read full review

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Probably the most concise and eye-opening book about El Alamein and the 8th Army in the Western Desert I've ever read. Outstandingly detailed in every way ! I learned alot I previously didn't know about the battle. Read full review


The Swing of the Pendulum
The Armies at El Alamein
The Crucial Day

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Niall Barr is a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at the Defence Studies Department, King's College, London. He has previously taught at St Andrews and the Royal Military Academy. His main research focus concerns twentieth century military history. He has published numerous military histories including Amiens to the Armistice; Flodden 1513; Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein; and The Lion and the Poppy. He lives in Oxfordshire with his family.

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