Alamein : The Turning Point of World War Two Paperback
by Iain Gale
Superb war novelist, Iain Gale, moves into the twentieth century and World War Two, telling the story of the eleven days that would change the course of history.There are some battles that change the course of history: Alamein is one of those.In October 1942, Britain and its allies were in trouble.
Germany and its Axis partners were winning ground in Europe, in Russia, in the Atlantic and they were poised to take the Suez Canal.
But it was in this North Africa battle that the stand was made, that the tide of World War Two began to turn.It was a battle of strong characters: Rommel and Montgomery lead their men through an extraordinary eleven day battle, in unforgiving terrain, amid the swirling sandstorms and the desert winds.Iain Gale, author of the outstanding historical novel Four Days in June, tells this dramatic story through seven dynamic characters, many of whom are based on real people.
Drawn from both sides of the conflict, they include a major from a Scottish brigade, a young lieutenant in the thick of the tank battle, an Australian sergeant and a charismatic Italian commander of a parachute battalion.
Through their eyes we see the battle unfold; the strategy, the individual actions and skirmishes, the fear, the determination and the extraordinary courage on both sides.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 02/09/2010
- Category: Second World War fiction
- ISBN: 9780007278688
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Review by jamespurcell
Realistic, good selection of vignettes to showcase individuals and units. Map would have been better if you could place the various brigades, regiments, divisions, etc. forces and follow their movements. Rommel and Montgomery aptly portrayed as was the ineptitude of various generals. Soldiers on both sides fought well but the British had artillery and Australians to spare so they won the day and the battle.