Alamein by Simon Ball

By Simon Ball

El Alamein used to be one of many pivotal battles of the second one global battle, fought through armies and air forces at the innovative of army expertise. but Alamein has constantly had a patchy popularity - with many commentators prepared to knock its value.

This ebook explains simply why El Alamein is one of these debatable conflict. in line with a thorough analyzing of the modern resources, specifically the huge and lately declassified British bugging of Axis prisoners of battle, army historian Simon Ball turns Alamein on its head, explaining it as a cultural defeat for Britain.

Alamein is an army heritage of the conflict - exhibiting how assorted it appears to be like stripped of later cultural excrescences. however it additionally indicates how 'Alamein tradition' saturated the post-war global, while archival resources mingled with movie, novels, magazines, well known histories, and the remainder of Alamein's footprint.

Whether you have an interest within the conflict itself or its cultural afterlife, when you've got an opinion approximately Alamein, you are going to query it after interpreting this book.

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The battle will involve hard and prolonged fighting. . ’ d. ‘[T]he operations . . will result in the destruction, by a “crumbling” process, of the whole of the enemy holding troops. Having thus “eaten the guts” out of the enemy he will have no troops with which to hold a front. ’ e. ’ . The Location and Movement of Imperial Forces a. ‘the enemy will be attacked simultaneously’: i. ’ ii. ‘The main task of  Corps will be to destroy the enemy’s armour. ’ iii. ’ iv. ’ v. ‘Further South . . ’7  OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 10/5/2016, SPi ALAMEIN UNPLUGGED Freddie de Guingand, the chief of staff of the Eighth Army, attended corps conferences to consider the plan on  and  October , keeping detailed notes from which to brief Montgomery.

They could not argue that El Alamein was a British defeat but they did claim that Alamein was a lost victory. ’ 16  OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 10/5/2016, SPi NAMES Unlike the ‘first battle of Alamein’, however, the aftermath of the Battle of El Alamein had already caused intense debate and argument during the battle-naming deliberations. The Battles Nomenclature Committee had agreed that there was nothing worthy of the name of a battle after  November . Instead, there was a list of barely existent places on the North African littoral that could be counted as actions and engagements.

They also received daily updates on German signals— Boniface—from Bletchley Park. 64 Churchill wrote to General Alexander, You have no doubt seen Boniface . . the brilliant success of the Air in sinking the vitally-needed tankers, the conditions of immense strain and anxiety behind the enemy’s front, give us solid grounds for confidence in your final success. We should be grateful for any general outline you may care to give of your immediate intentions, over and above what is contained in the Cositreps.

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