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.