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Colossal Cracks: Montgomery's 21st Army Group in N&hellip by Stephen Ashley Hart
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile assessment, 13 Aug 2009
I was tipped off to read this book by a commenter to one of my previous reviews, which was for Carlo D'Estes Decison in Normandy. On balance I would say this book is worth reading if you wish to understand in more detail the performance of 21st Army Group, and the thinkings of its commander, Montgomery.

Carlo D'Este did touch upon the issue of stretched manpower resources as a factor behind 21st Army Groups performance, which this book critiques. Essentially the author here deleves further into the archives to explore the alleged reserve of 100,000 men that Carlo D'Este identifies in his book. Carlo D'Este argued that the 21st Army Group could have taken replacements from this… Read more
Burn After Reading [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ George Clooney
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fargo Part 2, 29 April 2009
I think this has to be one of the most misunderstood films released in recent times. It was marketed as an out-and-out comedy, and I think many who went to see it expected laughs felt let down. It's not a comedy, it's a farce, populated by largely unsympathetic and unlikeable characters, more reminiscent of Fargo than of The Big Lebowski.

I read a marvellous review recently which described all the characters in the film as being driven by the fear of being forgotten, of their own irrelevance. So here we have John Malkovich, an embittered CIA analyst who is fired for his bad attitude and alcoholism, who never rose to deal with particularly high level intelligence anyway. We have… Read more
Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily by Carlo D'Este
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The battle for Sicily is one area of WW2 I had yet to read an interesting and critical account of, until I read this book. For the first time I felt like I truly understood the main issues with this campaign.

The author brands the campaign little more than a series of frustrating errors and missed opportunities on the part of the allied forces. It was a muddle from the outset, with poor planning and no-one wanting to take responsibility for it. It's quite alarming in many respects what little thought had gone into what the US & UK would do after final victory in Africa, and how non-existent the planning was. In the case of the British a deeply flawed plan was produced; in the… Read more

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