The Alexander Memoirs, 1940–1945

Alexander of Tunis

Date Published :
June 2020
Publisher :
Frontline Books
Illustration :
32 pages of plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526784292
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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After his first meeting with General Alexander in August 1942, Lieutenant General Sir Brian Horrocks wrote that, ‘by repute he was Winston Churchill’s fire brigade chief par excellence – the man who was always dispatched to retrieve the most desperate situations’.

Churchill was indeed in need of a fire brigade chief. Allied forces had been chased back across the desert by Rommel. Alexander bought a new hope to the famed Desert Rats: he instilled them with his own confidence and thought of victory. Under his command, Montgomery was ready to fight and win the battle of El Alamein. Even as his generals drove the enemy from North Africa, Alexander was planning far ahead for Sicily and Operation Husky, the first major seaborne invasion by either side during the war.

It was said that before El Alamein the Allies never knew victory, and after El Alamein they never knew defeat. Much of the credit for that belongs to Alexander. For decades his contribution to the British efforts in both wars has been overlooked. Here, however, is a comprehensive edition of his personal and candid memoirs, which includes judgments on such men as Montgomery, Patton and Churchill. He also details his role in leading the withdrawal of the 1st Infantry Division at Dunkirk, his dealings with Stilwell in Burma and the bombing of the abbey at Monte Cassino.


“…good narrative history of the battles Alexander was involved in, with the added value of the commander in chief's own views.”

- History of War

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