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Not his best book.,
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I found this book rather a lightweight performance that in places read like 'Boy's Own Annual' and in others like P G Wodehouse. A serious study of generalship it is not. This is possibly because De Guingand was a staff man, more of an able diplomat than a soldier. But even here he could have been a mine of interesting information on the organisation of the Army staff, the way it functions and accounts of major events.
His assessment of people was often in conflict with those of other authors, such as Alanbrook, Monty and Carver. Most strange of all was his admiration for 'Chink' Dorman-Smith, who was roundly criticised by all military authors I have read and whose career in the Army ended on a low note.
If I didn't know that Freddie De Guingand's was held in the highest regard by both British and US personnel, I would have taken the wrong impression from this book.
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Initial post: 3 Aug 2015, 12:44:01 BST
Barry M. Porteous says:
Which is his best?
Posted on 18 Nov 2015, 17:49:41 GMT
Operation Victory is his best.
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