By Terry Brighton
In Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, one in all Britain's such a lot entire army students offers an extraordinary examine of the land battle within the North African and eu theaters, in addition to their leader commanders—three males who additionally occurred to be the main compelling dramatis personae of global battle II.
Beyond spellbinding depictions of pivotal confrontations at El Alamein, Monte Cassino, and the Ardennes woodland, author-scholar Terry Brighton illuminates the non-public motivations and historic occasions that propelled the 3 men's careers: how Patton's, Montgomery's, and Rommel's nice warfare studies helped to mildew their kind of command—and how, precisely, they controlled to use their arguably megalomaniacal personalities (and hitherto unrecognized political acumen and tact) to improve their careers and strategic imaginative and prescient.
Opening new avenues of inquiry into the lives and careers of 3 males extensively profiled by way of students and renowned historians alike, Brighton definitively solutions a variety of lingering and debatable questions: used to be Patton particularly as vainglorious in actual existence as he was once portrayed to be at the silver screen?—and how did his tireless advocacy of "mechanized cavalry" eternally switch the face of struggle? was once Monty's dogged publicity-seeking pushed via his personal want for reputation or by means of his wish to declare for Britain a management position in postwar worldwide order?—and how did this prickly "commoner" be able to earn affection and esteem from enlisted males and the Aristocracy alike? How could the conflict have ended if Rommel had had extra tanks?—and what basic philosophical distinction among him and Hitler made such an consequence almost most unlikely?
Abetted by way of new basic resource fabric and lively by way of Terry Brighton's incomparable storytelling presents, Patton, Montgomery, Rommel bargains severe new interpretations of the second one international battle because it was once skilled through its 3 so much flamboyant, debatable, and influential commanders—and augments our figuring out of every in their perceptions of battle and leadership.
From the Hardcover edition.