on 19 September 2005
What a difficult job this author sets out to do! To describe the strategy and tactics as well as the lived experience of these huge North African campaigns - to get under the skin of both the generals and the ordinary soldiers in the same account is extremely ambitious. But he succeeds brilliantly - having read this book you really do feel as if there is nothing more to know about almot all aspects of these fascinating campaigns.
At first I baulked at the length of the book, but it was so engrossing and superbly well-written, that in the end I wanted it to go on for ever. Finishing it was like losing a good friend. Best of all, for me, were the personal accounts - the amount of research that must have gone into this is staggering. Thoroughly recommended.