The Last Great Cavalryman

The Life of General Sir Richard McCreery GCB KBE DSO MC

Richard Mead

Date Published :
January 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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32pp b/w plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848844650
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Dick McCreery was commissioned into the 12th Royal Lancers in 1915 and served on The Western Front, winning the MC and surviving wounds.

In 1938 he joined the staff of 1st Division under Alexander before being given command of 2 Armored Brigade. He won the DSO for his leadership during the retreat to Dunkirk Man/June 1940.

In North Africa McCreery was sacked by Auchinleck, with whom he had major differences, but, while waiting for a plane home, he was spotted by Alexander who made him his Chief of Staff. He is credited by many (but not Montgomery – the two did not get on) for the solution to the El Alamein victory.

He was promoted to command X Corps at Salerno which he commanded during the advance to the Gothic Line. He relieved Leese as Commander 8th Army in September 1944 and it was his brilliant plan that seized the Argenta Gap and drove the Germans back across the River Po into Austria.

He became British High Commissioner in Austria, C in C British Army of the Rhine and British Military Representative at the UN, retiring in 1949.

Although not a public figure, McCreery was key figure in the development of armored warfare, a brilliant tactician and among the most important British fighting generals of the Second World War. This is an overdue acknowledgment of his contribution to victory.

About The Author

Richard Mead was educated at Marlborough College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He has written 'General ‘Boy’: The Life of Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning' and 'The Last Great Cavalryman: The Life of General Sir Richard McCreery', 'Commander Eighty Army', 'The Men Behind Monty' and 'Commando General – The Life of Sir Robert Laycock', all in print with Pen and Sword Military.

Richard and his wife live in Gloucestershire and he has two grown-up sons.

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