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‘Before Alamein we never had a victory.

After Alamein we never had a defeat.’

Winston Churchill

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-like freshness to the campaign ... a forthright, in-depth and highly-satisfying view of one of history's classic encounters' -- The Oxford Times

'Jon Latimer's excellent book' Max Hastings -- The Sunday Telegraph

'Latimer makes skilful use of first-hand accounts by participants to bring the narrative to life.' -- Gary Sheffield, BBC History

'Vividly describes the battle in all its complex detail ... oral history and eye-witness accounts are skilfully used.' -- Soldier Magazine

'A blow-by-blow account that does not have particular axe to grind but brings together both the overall strategy and the nitty-gritty of the fighting' -- Sunday Mercury

'An incisive and readable narrative. He ... stands back and lets the fighting men speak for themselves ... ' Lawrence James -- Daily Mail

'Brilliantly weaves eyewitness accounts into the broader strategic picture ... an altogether masterly piece of work.' -- Eastern Daily Press

'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.' -- Hew Strachan, Times Literary Supplement

'Jon Latimer's is the heavyweight account - detailed, exhaustive, complete, as might be expected from an historian with an eye for soldiering' -- Allan Mallinson - The Times

'Painstaking yet gripping, this should be the definitive account of the battle itself for years to come.' -- Publisher's Weekly (USA)

‘Jon Latimer sets the scene almost like a Deighton thriller ... This is living history at its best. ‘ -- Birmingham Evening Mail

‘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' -- South wales Argus

‘Refreshingly entertaining ... takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride.' -- Hartlepool Star

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