Campaigns of Alexander of Tunis 1940 – 1945

Adrian Stewart

A hero from the Great War, Alex saw active service in Russia and on the North West Frontier. While eclipsed in PR terms by his subordinate Montgomery, many felt that Monty owed his success to Alex. His charm and easy nature were his greatest strengths, but critics have sought to prove that he lacked true ability and steel.
Date Published :
October 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844157723
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$45.00

Overview
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Alex, as he was known whether by Prime Ministers or the rank-and-file, was a legendary figure. A hero from the Great War he saw active service in Russia in 1919 – 20 and against the Pathans on the North West Frontier in 1935. By 1940 he was a divisional commander with the B.E.F. in France. His conduct during the withdrawal through Dunkirk where he took over the British 1st Corps in the crisis confirmed his outstanding ability.

In the dark days of 1942 by now a full general he was sent to Burma with orders to hold the Japs at Rangoon. Just in time he realizes it was impossible and his decision to withdraw prevented a total disaster.

Despite this defeat he retained Churchill’s confidence and he was appointed C in C Middle East. While eclipsed in PR terms by his subordinate Montgomery many felt that Monty owed his success to Alex by protecting him from an increasingly impatient Churchill. Alexander went onto commanded the invasion of Sicily and as Army Group Commander masterminded the long slog up through Italy. His charm and easy nature were his greatest strengths as others worked enthusiastically with him, but critics have sought to prove that he lacked true ability and steel.

About The Author
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Adrian Stewart was educated at Rugby School before taking First Class Honours at Caius College, Cambridge. His previously published works with Pen and Sword Books include: Eighth Army’s Greatest Victories, Early Battles of Eighth Army, They Flew Hurricanes, The Campaigns of Alexander of Tunis 1940-1945, February 1942 – Britain’s Darkest Days, Carriers at War, Six of Monty’s Men and Ten Squadrons of Hurricanes (2015) have all been published by Pen and Sword Books. He lives near Rugby.

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