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The Campaigns of Alexander of Tunis 1940 - 1945by Adrian Stewart
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Alex, as he was known whether by Prime Ministers or the rank-and-file, was a legendary figure. A hero from the Great War he saw active service in Russia in 1919 - 20 and against the Pathans on the North West Frontier in 1935. By 1940 he was a divisional commander with the B.E.F. in France. His conduct during the withdrawal through Dunkirk where he took over the British 1st Corps in the crisis confirmed his outstanding ability.
In the dark days of 1942 by now a full general he was sent to Burma with orders to hold the Japs at Rangoon. Just in time he realizes it was impossible and his decision to withdraw prevented a total disaster.
Despite this defeat he retained Churchill's confidence and he was appointed C in C Middle East. While eclipsed in PR terms by his subordinate Montgomery many felt that Monty owed his success to Alex by protecting him from an increasingly impatient Churchill. Alexander went onto commanded the invasion of Sicily and as Army Group Commander masterminded the long slog up through Italy. His charm and easy nature were his greatest strengths as others worked enthusiastically with him, but critics have sought to prove that he lacked true ability and steel.
Book News Annotation:
Stewart, author of several books on military history, details the campaigns of Alexander of Tunis from 1940 to 1945. Churchill appointed then Lieutenant General Sir Harold Alexander as Field Marshal the Earl Alexander of Tunis, and he fought as divisional commander during the withdrawal through Dunkirk in World War II, was sent to Burma in 1942 to hold the Japanese at Rangoon, and was appointed commander-in-chief for the Middle East where Bernard Law Montgomery and the Eighth Army were under his command. Stewart relates these battles, as well as his command of British army groups in Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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