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Masters of Battle – Monty, Patton and Rommel at War

By: Terry Brighton (587/35993)
Publisher: Viking ISBN: 9780670916917

In the Second World War, Great Britain, the United States and Germany each produced one land force commander who stood out from the rest: Bernard Montgomery, George Patton and Erwin Rommel. These three armour-plated egos were, in their own opinion but also in the judgement of their contemporaries, the greatest generals of the war.

Theirs was a very personal contest: the clash of mighty armies perceived as a bout between three men. In Masters of Battle, for the first time in the literature of the Second World War, all three are ‘put in the same ring’ and allowed to fight it out against a backdrop of the greatest battles of North Africa, the invasion of Sicily and Italy, the Normandy landings and the push through France and Belgium into Germany.

All three generals were arrogant, publicity seeking and personally flawed, yet with a genius for the command of men and an unrivalled enthusiasm for combat. All achieved spectacular success on the battlefield. But the explosive passions of their relationships with each other and with their 0political masters rivalled the pyrotechnics of their tank battles in determining the conduct and outcome of the war.

Through the mutual respect of the arch-enemies Monty and Rommel, and the mutual animosity of the allies Monty and Patton, Masters of Battle presents the Second World War as it was experienced by its three most flamboyant, controversial and influential commanders.

November 2008


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