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Iain Gale
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2 Sep 2010

Superb war novelist, Iain Gale, moves into the twentieth century and World War Two, telling the story of the eleven days that would change the course of history.

There are some battles that change the course of history: Alamein is one of those.

In October 1942, Britain and its allies were in trouble. Germany and its Axis partners were winning ground in Europe, in Russia, in the Atlantic and they were poised to take the Suez Canal. But it was in this North Africa battle that the stand was made, that the tide of World War Two began to turn.

It was a battle of strong characters: Rommel and Montgomery lead their men through an extraordinary eleven day battle, in unforgiving terrain, amid the swirling sandstorms and the desert winds.

Iain Gale, author of the outstanding historical novel Four Days in June, tells this dramatic story through seven dynamic characters, many of whom are based on real people. Drawn from both sides of the conflict, they include a major from a Scottish brigade, a young lieutenant in the thick of the tank battle, an Australian sergeant and a charismatic Italian commander of a parachute battalion. Through their eyes we see the battle unfold; the strategy, the individual actions and skirmishes, the fear, the determination and the extraordinary courage on both sides.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007278683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007278688
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Iain Gale:

‘A powerful novel of men at war. A triumph' Bernard Cornwell

‘His brutal, bloody detail catches the chaos of battle. His prose is a sand-blown lens from the front-line. Today’s readers will feel both shock and shame at the sacrifices made on both sides by the heroes of Alamein’ Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

‘My father was at Alamein and Gale captures many of the stories he told me. This is Gale’s best book. He reveals the chaos, triumph and sadness of the desert war expertly showing every protagonists’ point of view.’ Patrick Mercer, OBE, MP

‘A treat for every history buff, and a vivid picture of men at war’ Scotland on Sunday

‘An old-fahioned tale of military strategy and valour’ Glasgow Herald

About the Author

Iain Gale has strong Scottish and military roots. He is editor of the magazine of the National Trust for Scotland and lives in Edinburgh with his family.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty war story 17 April 2012
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The story takes you into the grim reality of war in the desert and you find that you do not want to stop reading about it. The story gives you a good overview of the events at all stages of the battle and lets you see it from the men who fought in the battle. It shows you the almost utter stupidity of fighting war. The story gives you the strange twists that can make people who could have been friends in another situation fight each other as strangers and how similarities of historical origins can be forgotten and how with the progression of time the people have become strangers and end up fighting each other through the ferocity of their shared past heritages. It is an intersting read with some very original viewpoints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Montgomery v Rommel 1 April 2013
By Cathy
Format:Paperback
A turning point in World War 2, the Battle of Alamein is one of the great battles of history. It remains a subject of both inspiration and controversy. Author Gale covers its strategies, tragedies and heroics in fictional style, yet the people are mostly real. His research is extensive and his style engrossing. Garnished from memoirs, he includes the thinking of the two great generals, Montgomery and Rommel, who pitted their armies in the war's bloodiest conflict.
Significantly, he disagrees with Monty's claim to have successfully pre-planned everything before the fighting began. His conclusion is that the British general was a master opportunist. He beat the "Desert Fox" by changing tactics and ignoring "suggestions" by Churchill and other figures superior in rank to himself.
At trench level, lower ranks dominate the narrative. This thrillingly describes the different perspectives of infantry, artillery, tanks and medics on the desert battlefields. Also what it was like from German and Italian viewpoints as well as British and Commonwealth and the American volunteers.
This is a grand history magnificently told.
I particularly liked the end notes informing what became of the book's individuals after Alamein.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok. 14 Aug 2011
By Reader1
Format:Paperback
It was OK, but I found the switching between all of the characters confusing at times. I couldn't focus on a particular character and really get to know them. I know the event was the story, but it seem to lack a story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 29 April 2014
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It is not often that a book on death an horror of war is not full of hyperbole associated with the glorification of war. My own father was at Alamein having arrived immediately after his wedding on 6th June 1941 to my mother, he did not speak much of his war service with the 8th Army, other than his personal contempt for Montgomery, and how bad the conditions were. This book has given me some insight into what he experienced. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alamein 14 Mar 2014
By Barry
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I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from Ian Gale. A real war adventure well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars good 3 Mar 2014
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very interesting read and it gives you a great insight into the battle and the men that fought it and died for us.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good 7 Dec 2013
By mike
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As usual IG has interwoven individual stories and history skillfully. I would have liked 2 or 3 maps and a little bit more explanation but well qorth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 13 April 2013
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Great book full of interest and facts and rally puts you right in the midst of the combat well written a great read
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