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Alamein: War Without Hate by [Smith, Colin, Bierman, John]
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There was little to romanticise in 20th-century warfare, as detailed in Alamein: War Without Hate. The bloody stalemate of the First World War trenches and the stark confrontation between a genocidal dictatorship and the forces of democracy in the Second World War could not be given the gloss of "chivalry" and "fair play" applied to the less mechanised slaughter of battles in previous centuries. The exception was the North African campaign, the Krieg ohne Hass (War without Hate), as it was described by the German commander Rommel. The myth of a desert war that was somehow "cleaner" and more noble than the fighting on other Second World War fronts has been perpetuated both by veterans of North Africa and by some historians.

In their fine account of the struggle between Rommel's Afrika Korps and Montgomery's Eighth Army which culminated in the second Battle of Alamein, Bierman and Smith replace myth with reality. However, they do show that the desert war was different from the other theatres of war. There is some basis to the myth of the "war without hate" and a good deal of the credit for this can be given to the German commander. Not that Bierman and Smith are primarily interested in the personalities of senior commanders. Even the pen portraits of Rommel and Montgomery are slightly perfunctory. What they want most to do is to provide a clear and readable narrative of events unfolding in North Africa from 1940 to 1943 and how they affected the ordinary soldiers who fought on both sides. In this they have succeeded admirably. Their book refuses to romanticise the desert war but, by giving so striking an account of its reality, does a different kind of justice to the men who fought in it. --Nick Rennison

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An excellent book...one of the most successful histories of the Western Desert and North African fighting yet to have appeared -- John Keegan, The Daily Telegraph, October 5, 2002

Bierman and Smith...have worked their magic again and produced a piece of popular history to rank with Antony Beevor's Stalingrad -- Soldier Magazine, October, 2002

[an] excellent survey...Bierman and Smith have a good ear for anecdotes -- Daily Mail, August 2, 2002

a narrative drive as powerful as Lt Gen Sir Brian Horrocks's desert armour...a work of human history as much as military (Andrew Roberts) -- BBC History Books of the Year, November, 2002

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9055 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HO80HC
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #667,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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