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5.0 out of 5 stars
Life at the sharp end, 16 Aug 2002
This is a book that tells you how it was. It protrays in vivid detail how the war in the western desert played out for all of the participants; it combines excellent descriptions of the 'soldiers war' - a war of heat, flies, boredom and terror - with a fine exposition on the developing strategic situation in 1941-2. Throw in a good dose of Churchill's battles with the House of Commons, mix it with the seige of Malta, the misguided exploits of the Luftwaffe figher aces and a refreshingly honest assessment of the chief protangonists Montgomery and Rommel and and you have a cracking good read. Whether you are a historian, military enthusiast or casual browser, the engaging style of this book will hit the mark.