By Simon Ball
El Alamein was once one of many pivotal battles of the second one global warfare, fought via armies and air forces at the innovative of army expertise. but Alamein has continually had a patchy recognition - with many commentators keen to knock its significance.
This ebook explains simply why El Alamein is one of these arguable conflict. in line with a thorough studying of the modern assets, particularly the huge and lately declassified British bugging of Axis prisoners of conflict, army historian Simon Ball turns Alamein on its head, explaining it as a cultural defeat for Britain.
Alamein is an army background of the conflict - exhibiting how diversified it appears stripped of later cultural excrescences. however it additionally indicates how 'Alamein tradition' saturated the post-war global, whilst archival resources mingled with movie, novels, magazines, renowned histories, and the remainder of Alamein's footprint.
Whether you have an interest within the conflict itself or its cultural afterlife, when you've got an opinion approximately Alamein, you are going to query it after examining this book.
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B. Turner, was awarded the Victoria Cross for the defence of his post. However, the Riﬂe Brigade was pulled off the position under the cover of darkness lest they be overrun by German infantry in their ravaged state. 50 During the evening of October , General von Thoma reported to AOK that DAK had failed to carry out its mission during OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 10/5/2016, SPi ALAMEIN UNPLUGGED the day. In reply, Field Marshal Rommel ordered him to hold his existing positions, keying them in so that defensive artillery ﬁre could be used effectively.
He phoned Montgomery at Tactical Headquarters, Eighth Army with news and his own analysis of the situation: Freyberg ‘is conﬁdent he could get on . . provided one of Gatehouse’s bdes goes with him’, Leese told Montgomery. On the other hand ‘[Gatehouse’s] main preoccupation is to get Armd Div into position to receive attack from someone else’. All that Gatehouse was willing to promise was ‘that under smoke they try and do something later in the day’. Leese then conﬁrmed with Montgomery that this was not sufﬁcient.
Leichte Division. He instructed DAK to move the headquarters of . Panzer-Division to Tel el Aqqaqir, so that the division could act as a mobile reserve. Tellingly, Rommel also ordered a reconnaissance of the Fuka position, lest the Panzerarmee had to withdraw. Fuka was the station on the railway line miles behind the current battle line. 68 According to his divisional war diary, General Freyberg spent the day developing a detailed plan of attack for his battle group. The main attack would be carried out by the British st and nd Infantry Brigades, with the rd Lorried Infantry on the south ﬂank, and New Zealand Maori troops on the north ﬂank.
Alamein by Simon Ball