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Battle Story: El Alamein 1942 Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752462024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752462028
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 629,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

PIER PAOLO BATTISTELLI earned his PhD in Military History at the University of Padua. A scholar of German and Italian politics and strategy throughout the Second World War, he has written extensively on the Western Desert Campaign.

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In its comprehensive coverage of the final battle of El Alamein this history is both readable and informative but the author makes a rather striking error in the historical background which led to that turning point. When Tobruk fell to the Axis forces in June 1942 it was not, as he suggests, "Defended again by Australian forces," (p.26) but rather by South African and British forces under the command of General Klopper. General Morshead's 9th Australian Division, prominent during the first six months of the nine month Siege of Tobruk in 1941, was in Syria on 21 June 1942 when Tobruk fell to Rommel in just two days. Such basic errors in the history of a military campaign are not entirely forgivable and are somewhat bewildering when the author later makes the point that after the Tobruk Siege of 1941 the "9th Division only returned to the front in July 1942."(p.37) That said, were it not for this one gripe I would judge it a colourful and enjoyable read.
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HASH(0x953e0c3c) out of 5 stars Good introduction to the Second Battle of El Alamein 2 April 2012
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This is an excellent introduction to the Second Battle of El Alamein. For those that are unfamiliar with this decisive battle it provides a very good start. It also offers extensive maps, order of battles and timelines of the entire battle. The author does a good job describing the participants on both sides, the strategic situation that setup this battle and the aftermath. And, he does an excellent job helping the reader to understand how the supply chain was the ultimate weapon and constraint for both armies.

There are two shortcomings of the book. First, he relies too heavily on Niall Barr's "Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein". It seemed that virtually every interesting quote or battlefield account was from this book, which I'm now anxious to read. Second, the paragraphs are monsterous, often running more than a page. This may sound like a nitpick but it effected the book's readibility. With that said, these shortcomings were minor.

I enjoyed the book and would recommend it for those that are interested in better understanding the Second Battle of El Alamein.
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