Synopses & Reviews
The Anglo-American relationship from 1941-1945 proved to be the most effective military alliance in history. Yet there were also constant tensions and disagreements that threatened to pull the alliance apart. This book highlights why the unprecedented level of cooperation between the very different American and British forces eventually led to victory but also emphasizes the tensions and controversies which inevitably arose. Based on considerable archival research on both sides of the Atlantic, this work considers the breadth and depth of the relationship from high-level strategic decisions, the rivalries and personalities of the commanders to the ordinary British and American soldiers who fought alongside one another. The book also looks back and demonstrates how the legacy of previous experience shaped the decisions of the war.
This book explores the American-British alliance during World War IIand the relationship between the British and American armies, how it developed, and the depth and breadth of the association in terms ofhigh-level strategic decisions, operational choices of commanders in the field, and how ordinary soldiers worked and fought alongside eachother, as well as how the relations between Dwight Eisenhower, George S. Patton, and Bernard Montgomery evolved but did notnecessarily impact the cooperation that occurred. It focuses on the European theater and does not address the navies or air forces. Distributed by W.W. Norton.Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
"In a splendid new book, Niall Barr provides us with an engrossing account." BBC History Magazine
"There is no doubting the author's immense scholarship. He has a first-class understanding of strategy and tactics." The Literary Review
"Barr becomes the current standard for a comprehensive history of the campaign." Booklist (starred review)
"Excellent and engaging. This is a fascinating and dramatic tale and Barr tells it very well. Recommended." The Journal of Military History
"A very considerable achievement by one of the best of the younger generation of British military historians." Gary Sheffield
"Barr makes his specific focus the army: as a military historian, he is strong on strategy, tactics, consequences, and the manifold frustrations and disasters that could be caused by simple accidents of weather or geography. Barr is keen to demonstrate that the troops on the ground usually -- after initial wariness -- found a great deal of mutual admiration. The shared respect between these servicemen from different nations who fought for a free world is an inspirational story." Military Illustrated
An authoritative and dramatic behind-the-scenes history of 'the Atlantic Alliance' during World War II.
About the Author
Niall Barr is a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at the Defence Studies Department, King's College, London. He has previously taught at St Andrews and the Royal Military Academy. His main research focus concerns twentieth century military history. He has published numerous military histories including Amiens to the Armistice; Flodden 1513; Pendulum of War: The Three Battles of El Alamein; and The Lion and the Poppy. He lives in Oxfordshire with his family.