This is essential reading for anyone who wants to find out about the Second World War campaigns in Northern Africa.
Well written and researched, it offers a blow by blow account of the entire Allied campaign up to the Battle of Tunis.
This is also a very well balanced book because the author has taken into account eyewitness reports from both the Allied and Axis perspectives.
He has managed to bring the fighting and the structure of the campaign alive so that anyone who reads the book, can really feel as if they are at the battlefront and taking part in the battle of wits between the two legendary commanders – Montgomery and Rommel. This was a war which both needed to win, it was strategically essential and a morale boost to whichever side won.
A tremendous amount rode on the back of the whole campaign. Six months of bitter fighting amid one of the most desolate and awkward terrains in the world were the result.
This is an ideal book for general readers and military historians alike – everyone can gain something of value from reading this book.
It needs concentration but it is worth it.