Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought provoking
I wouldn't often choose a history book to thumb through but this weekend I decided to learn a little bit more about WW2 events and stumbled upon this. It was clearly written with two great chronological summaries to break down what happened in both 1940-1941 and 1942. An interesting account of the fight between the German-Italian armies and the Commonwealth armies in...
Published 11 months ago by Emmy88

versus
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
Disappointing! My father was at El Alamein. A lot of facts in this book, but somewhat dry. Most of the soldiers will be long gone and the book that could have been written from real participants is now lost.
Of the few things I do remember as a very young child, it was my fathers occasional telling, of serving for wholly inept officers in the British Army, who were,...
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Roger Eden


Most Helpful First | Newest First

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought provoking, 5 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Battle of El Alamein: Decision in the Desert (Kindle Edition)
I wouldn't often choose a history book to thumb through but this weekend I decided to learn a little bit more about WW2 events and stumbled upon this. It was clearly written with two great chronological summaries to break down what happened in both 1940-1941 and 1942. An interesting account of the fight between the German-Italian armies and the Commonwealth armies in North Africa.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blow by blow account, 20 Oct 2013
By 
Ian Barker (Bolton, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Battle of El Alamein: Decision in the Desert (Kindle Edition)
A short blow-by-blow account of the western desert campaign. Makes clear that Alamein wasn't quite the strategic triumph it's sometimes painted as, though it undoubtedly had a major effect on the course of the war.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A balanced, engaging account of a significant battle, 24 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Battle of El Alamein: Decision in the Desert (Kindle Edition)
A masterful short account of the Battle of Alamein by one of our most engaging and entertaining popular historians. In some ways book didn't tell me anything new, but in terms of being well written and well argued Decision in the Desert is a must read for would-be military historians. Barnett combines facts, testimonies, general strategy and well judged portraits of Rommel and Monty to produce a balanced account of one of the turning points in the war.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars Short history of El Alamein, 24 May 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Battle of El Alamein: Decision in the Desert (Kindle Edition)
Very well written account of the North African battle in WWII. GIVES word pictures of the main commanders taking part in the period.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 20 Jan 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Battle of El Alamein: Decision in the Desert (Kindle Edition)
Disappointing! My father was at El Alamein. A lot of facts in this book, but somewhat dry. Most of the soldiers will be long gone and the book that could have been written from real participants is now lost.
Of the few things I do remember as a very young child, it was my fathers occasional telling, of serving for wholly inept officers in the British Army, who were, often from Lieutenant rank upwards, toffee nosed rich men (compared to the soldiers), who had no idea how to command, how to differentiate strategy from tactics,, what it was like to be "other ranks". They were up against one of the most brilliant generals of the Century.
Montgomery's infamous caution also missed the opportunity to take a few Divisions of Nazis prisoner, letting them escape from Norther France, rather than pushing forward to meet with the US troops and close the pocket.
Underlying El Alamein, is the story of how millions of troops, demobbed after the War, ignored Churchill's request "let me finish the job" and overwhelmingly voted Labour.
This isn't a class ridden rant, note that in the Falklands War, 200 Welsh Guards, died, sitting on a boat being bombed, rather than seek safety of dispersal on shore, because they were waiting for Officers orders. I don't think lessons have been learnt.
It reads well, but there is a much bigger story to tell.
Recently read the letters home from my Deputy Head Master, who never saw action, from Cairo (not far from my father on the front line!) he was only a Lieutenant, but apparently always had a batman and a servant. My father was pleased to receive his awful demob suit, the only civilian clothing he had left after 5 years. The Deputy Head (the one who "created" Harold Pinter), writes of ordering 3 dozen pairs of hand made shoes as a gift for family members when he returns.
That is at the heart of why we continue to be proud of being bumbling amateurs with an occasional flash of luck or gift.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews