This is one of the great untold stories of our time - that of the little band of generals entrusted with a historic task: invading and liberating Nazi-occupied Europe. They were supposed to be fighting the Germans, but some of their fiercest battles were fought against each other. At the center was the Supreme Commander himself, Dwight D. Eisenhower - sincere, indecisive, desperate to hold the Alliance together. Against him was Field-Marshal Bernard Montgomery, who strove ceaselessly to gain authority. Cavilling against them both were the others - the outrageous Patton, the dogged Bradley, the bomber barons like Spaatz, Vandenberg, and Butcher Harris, and Trafford Leigh-Mallory. After the war, there was a cover-up. Not until David Irving began his research did the full truth emerge. Among his unexpected discoveries was the wickedly candid diary of the obscure general who was Eisenhower s eyes and ears . Through this and other private accounts we see the war as the generals lived it - squabbling over perks and preferences, taking their mistresses with them on to the battlefield, and there are revelations about General Patton that will amaze. There are other surprises - General de Gaulle s use of torture upon his fellow Frenchmen is one, and a clear attempt by the Allies to get rid of him is another. This book is a history of command. It shows how the ambitions and personalities of the men at the top affect the course of a war and the lives of the ordinary mortals in the field.
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A professional historian of noted distinction, David Irving has researched and written about the Third Reich with passionate insight for many years. His first book, 'The Destruction of Dresden', was just one of several startling international bestsellers, which include 'Churchill's War' and 'Hitler's War'. The son of a Royal Navy commander, he was Educated at Imperial College of Science & Technology and at University College London. He spent a year in Germany working in a steel mill, perfecting his fluency in the language. Among his thirty books, the best known include 'Hitler's War'; 'The Trail of the Fox: The Life of Field-Marshal Rommel'; 'Accident, the Death of General Sikorski'; 'The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe', Goebbels: Mastermind of the Third Reich'; 'Nuremberg: The Last Battle'; and 'Goering: a Biography'. He has also translated several works by other authors. He lives in London and is the father of five daughters. He maintains an extensive website, updated daily, dealing with both historical and current events, commenting in his uniquely British way on all matters of import.Review:
David Irving is a patient researcher of unrivalled industry and success. ----A.J.P. Taylor, "The Observer," London.
No praise can be too high for Irving's indefatigable scholarly industry. ---Hugh Trevor-Roper, "Sunday Times," London.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140055347
Book Description FOCAL POINT PUBLICATIONS, 1982. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140055347