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5.0 out of 5 stars The men who fought the batles, 29 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Alamein: War Without Hate (Paperback)
First hand accounts of their experiences by German and Italian as well as British and Commonwealth soldiers add to the fascination of this detailed account of the first defeat of Hitler's armies. Their personal stories, whether they are generals or sappers, gunners or infantry, heighten the awareness of just how awful battlefields are. These are some of the men taken, not always willingly, from their lives as craftsmen or farmers or clerks, to become killers and possibly be killed, in an alien landscape for a cause that may not have been fully understood, and then to carry on as their friends die in a burning tank or from terrible wounds. And yet, as the sub title, War Without Hate, indicates, moments of humanity were a response to the mutual respect of the opposing soldiers. All this combines with the narrative of the grand strategies and mistakes as told in a remarkable work by two journalists who had years of experience reporting from dangerous areas of the world. Their factual research and their insights describe actions varying from heroism to incompetence on both sides with compassion and occasional irony. A significant contribution towards an understanding of how at last it seemed possible that the Germans and Italians could be defeated.
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