Monty and Rommel : parallel lives / Peter Caddick-Adams.
Publication year: 2012.
Call Number D736 .C293 2012
Media class: Book
Edition: Book club edition.
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 9781590207253 1590207254
Additional information: xxvi, 614 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
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"Two men came to personify generalship in the Second World War: Bernard Montgomery for the British and Erwin Rommel for the Germans. In the span of a few years, they fought a series of extraordinary duels across several theaters of war. Ever since, historians have assessed their leadership, personalities, and skill. Born four years apart, the two men followed a remarkably similar trajectory. Military historian Peter Caddick-Adams explores their lives, beginning with their provincial upbringing and the brutal trench fighting of World War I--where both nearly died. Obsessed with fitness and training, the future field marshals emerged with glowing records. They taught in staff colleges, wrote infantry textbooks, and fought each other as divisional commanders in 1940 before taking charge of their respective armies as the war raged on. This first comparative biography of these two soldiers explores how each was "made" by their war leaders, Churchill and Hitler, and how their strategies permeate down to today's armies"--From publisher description.
Prologue -- Baptism and fire. The Irishman -- The Swabian -- First combats-- Cheating death -- Learning the trade -- Bloody red tabs -- The mountain lion -- Mud and mountains -- The last year -- Interwar : preparations. Coping with peace -- Preparing for war -- The making of modern major generals. Phoney war -- Blitzkrieg -- Duel in the desert I -- Duel in the desert II : the battles of El Alamein -- Once more unto the breach. Two return to France -- Defending Normandy -- Britain's last Hurrah! -- Where is Rommel? -- Exploiting the beachhead -- Plots and breakouts -- Beyond the Bocage -- The final duel : reputations. How will history judge me? -- The desert fox reborn -- Afterword.
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