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Fighting with the Desert Rats: An Infantry Officer's War with the Eighth Army Hardcover – 15 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; Reprint edition (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848847661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848847668
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,281,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences and stop lines in West Sussex. In 2006 he began working on the idea for Britain at War Magazine, the first issue of which went on sale in May 2007. This publication has grown rapidly to become the best-selling military history periodical on the high street, and also sells in countries around the world. John Grehan has written more than 150 books and articles on military subjects, covering most periods of history. John is currently employed as the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine.


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As the publishers are keen to point out, what chiefly distinguishes this from other books of its type is the fact that it was written - and published - while the war was yet to be won and before any sort of revisionism could come into play.

Equally important is the author's total candour about the strengths and failings of himself, the Allied armies and their enemies - as well as the civilians caught up in the conflict. He records embarrassing encounters with pompous fellow Brits (he is a Scot) and cold Americans with as much relish as more rewarding meetings and there are conversations with wounded Germans which brought him closer to understanding the human side of the conflict – as well as bringing him useful intelligence.

One suspects that some of his views – or those of other soldiers – would not have appeared in print had he lived to see his book published. No doubt some well-meaning editor would have attempted to persuade him that tales of 8th Army mutiny on the way to Italy – or pretty disparaging remarks about the French – would have been better left out.

The action itself is plentiful and equally well written, with just the right mix of fear and aggression to convey to the reader what it must have been like to fight in the desert.

Thoroughly recommended.
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