‘Before Alamein we never had a victory.
After Alamein we never had a defeat.’
In a gripping account of this turning point of the Second World War, Jon Latimer gives us the experience of the men who fought – British, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Germans, Italians and others besides. We feel their fear, elation or despair as they fight it out at close quarters amid a welter of confusion – heat, sand, smoke, noise, dust, flies and blood.
'Jon Latimer brings a spring-
'Jon Latimer's excellent book' Max Hastings -
'Latimer makes skilful use of first-
'Vividly describes the battle in all its complex detail ... oral history and eye-
'An incisive and readable narrative. He ... stands back and lets the fighting men
speak for themselves ... ' Lawrence James -
'Brilliantly weaves eyewitness accounts into the broader strategic picture ... an
altogether masterly piece of work.' -
'Written with verve: the confusion of the fighting, which defied Montgomery's own
subsequent assertion that it was all planned, is conveyed in vivid detail.' -
'Jon Latimer's is the heavyweight account -
'Painstaking yet gripping, this should be the definitive account of the battle itself
for years to come.' -
‘Jon Latimer sets the scene almost like a Deighton thriller ... This is living history
at its best. ‘ -
‘Just when you thought this campaign had been picked cleaner than a desert carcass
Jon Latimer comes along and gives us this scholarly and readable treatment' -
‘Refreshingly entertaining ... takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride.'