Two men came to personify Allied and German generalship in the Second World War: Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel.They fought a series of extraordinary battles across several theaters of war that established them as two of the greatest generals of their age. Born four years apart, their lives were remarkably similar--from their shared provincial upbringings to each nearly dying in but emerging from the first World War with glowing war records. They would begin to fight each other as divisional commanders in 1940 and as they came to prominence, first in North Africa, then at the Normandy D-Day allied invasion.
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Two consummate military men who led their respective countries to victories receive the full-on character treatment by a British military historian.| Read Full Review of Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives
I hadn't realised, before reading this book, how different their WW1 experiences had been: Monty spent the majority of the war as a staff officer, planning in various formation headquarters whereas Rommel spent the majority of his war (less the final year probably fortunately for him) serving o...| Read Full Review of Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives
One soldier I have interviewed about the desert war, Private Alex Franks, remarked unashamedly that he would have preferred to have been commanded by Rommel than any of the British generals under which he had the misfortune to be led in 1940 and 1941.Sep 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives
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