‘Strafer’ - The Desert General

The Life and Killing of Lieutenant General WHE Gott CB CBE DSO*MC

N S Nash

Date Published :
November 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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16pp b/w plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781590904
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Selected by Churchill to command 8th Army in 1942, in place of the sacked Auchinleck, ‘Strafer’ Gott was targeted by German intelligence as he flew to Cairo to take up his new post. Six ME109s intercepted his aircraft and, after shooting it down, deliberately obliterated the crash scene killing Gott in the process.

As a result, Montgomery was given his chance to command and the rest is history.

But as this superb biography reveals, ‘Strafer’ deserves to be remembered for his exceptional talents, meteoric career and record of gallantry. His performance as a young officer in The Great War earned him the Military Cross (many thought a VC would have been more appropriate) and he repeatedly made determined efforts to escape. In 1939, he was commanding his Battalion as a Lieutenant Colonel and in just two years he rose to become a Lieutenant General. In doing so, he became recognized as a superb Desert General whose aggression, originality and leadership qualities were supported by charm, warmth and compassion.

While it is fascinating to surmise what would have happened had Gott and not Monty fought Rommel, it can be confidently said that relations with our allies would have benefitted.

Thoroughly researched, using primary source material, this book is a rewarding and revealing read.

About The Author

NA ‘Tank’ Nash CBE was educated at Latymer Upper School before entering the catering industry with J Lyons and Co Ltd. He enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company in 1957 and served until conscripted for National Service in 1960; he was a member of the Army Catering Corps for thirty years, rising to the rank of Brigadier. He resigned his commission in 1991. For thirty-three years, from 1973, he wrote humour under the pen name ‘Sustainer’ and his work was published internationally in a variety of military journals. His books for Pen and Sword include K Boat Catastrophe, ‘Strafer’ Gott – Desert General, Chitral Charlie – The Rise and Fall of Major General Charles Townshend and Valour in the Trenches.

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