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Alamein ❮Reading❯ ➳ Alamein ➬ Author Stephen Bungay – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk For Great Britain, there were two pivotal battles in the Second World War One was the Battle of Britain The other was El Alamein There, in October , in a remote part of the desert between Libya and Eg For Great Britain, there were two pivotal battles in the Second World War One was the Battle of Britain The other was El Alamein There, in October , in a remote part of the desert between Libya and Egypt, the British army won an epic battle of attrition with Rommel s Afrika Korps It was a defeat from which Rommel would never recover and a turning point in the war, famously celebrated by Churchill as the end of the beginning the line in the sand that Hitler s forces were never able to cross This is a trenchant reexamination of an event that has been cloaked in myth.


10 thoughts on “Alamein

  1. David Highton David Highton says:

    An account of the key battle of the Desert War, including a summary of the earlier battles and the impact of Montgomery on the Eighth Army this was the victory Churchill described as the end of the beginning


  2. Edward Edward says:

    The unfortunately named but rather clever Stephen Bungay is a former management consultant, which might lead you to think he d be about as useless as consultants generally are You d be wrong, though His background makes him uniquely suited to examining the command structures of the three very different armies fighting in the Western Desert British Imperial Forces, the Nazi Afrika Korps, and the hapless Italians Bungay is a a scrupulous historian and an engaging writer, two gifts sadly not of The unfortunately named but rather clever Stephen Bungay is a former management consultant, which might lead you to think he d be about as useless as consultants generally are You d be wrong, though His background makes him uniquely suited to examining the command structures of the three very different armies fighting in the Western Desert British Imperial Forces, the Nazi Afrika Korps, and the hapless Italians Bungay is a a scrupulous historian and an engaging writer, two gifts sadly not often found in tandem He also posesses a wry wit, which is of course entirely enjoyed


  3. Bob Mobley Bob Mobley says:

    Stephen Bungay has written an excellent analysis and look inside the battle of El Alamein that marked the turning point in the Second World War for British forces fighting against the Germans and Italians, so successfully led by Erwin Rommel There are numerous books and studies of the military campaigns in North Africa during the Second World War What allows Stephen Bungay s book to stand out from so many others is his thoughtful examination of the complexity of issues that bedeviled both the Stephen Bungay has written an excellent analysis and look inside the battle of El Alamein that marked the turning point in the Second World War for British forces fighting against the Germans and Italians, so successfully led by Erwin Rommel There are numerous books and studies of the military campaigns in North Africa during the Second World War What allows Stephen Bungay s book to stand out from so many others is his thoughtful examination of the complexity of issues that bedeviled both the Allies and Axes forces fighting in the desert Bungay s revealing and thoughtful examination of the challenges of supplies and logistics, combined with critical importance of air supremacy, and coordinated artillery, turned the tide against the Germans What makes the book a tutorial in effective leadership is the author s insightful and detailed examination of General Montgomery s superb efforts and success at retraining the British Eighth Army to be aeffective and efficient fighting force Stephen Bungay has a very engaging and easy to read writing style this adds to the joy of reading this fine military history book I recommend it to anyone interested in the challenges and leadership complexities that became the creative forge of successful allied military leadership during World War Two


  4. Richard Hakes Richard Hakes says:

    After a slow start getting into it a good book Not just a history but it does this it has good sections on the background to the days The soldiers, the politics, the main players are all disused The incites as to the whys and afters are all interesting I have just read this book with six months to go on Brexit, cannot help feeling if we had approached Africa in the early 1940 s like we are approaching Brexit now Brexit would have never happend as we would all be speaking German now


  5. Ryan Wulfsohn Ryan Wulfsohn says:

    An incisive overview of the war in the desert in general and the Alamein battles in particular


  6. don watson don watson says:

    SuperbStephen Bungay writes with passion and honesty, such detail and depth, a story so vividly written and explained, what drama


  7. Martin Samuels Martin Samuels says:

    Bungay has written a short, but insightful and very readable account of one of the most important battles in British military mythology.Three characteristics of the book make it stand out First, Bungay places Alamein in its proper context within the Desert War as a whole, exploring the events that led up to the timing and location of the battle and showing how Auchinleck had laid much of the foundation for Montgomery s success Second, he puts the land battle in the context of the air and sea w Bungay has written a short, but insightful and very readable account of one of the most important battles in British military mythology.Three characteristics of the book make it stand out First, Bungay places Alamein in its proper context within the Desert War as a whole, exploring the events that led up to the timing and location of the battle and showing how Auchinleck had laid much of the foundation for Montgomery s success Second, he puts the land battle in the context of the air and sea war, showing how the Axis failure to recognise these as key factors of the campaign meant that Rommel was always at a disadvantage and was ultimately in an untenable poisition Third, Bungay seeks to move away from looking at the battle as largely a duel between two generals, an approach that can reduce the actual armies to almost non human machines, and instead considers the clash between two very different military systems three if we include the Italians Through this means, he highlights how the cultures of the armies led to completely different command and tactical performance, of which Rommel and Montgomery were as much the products and servants as the driving spirits.These strengths perhaps lead to the deficiencies within the book Possibly due to limitations of space, the analysis of the main battle of Alamein itself occupies less than 30 pages less than 15% of the book This leads to something of a focus on Rommel and Montgomery, with relatively limited examination of their subordinates, especially on the Axis side though Bungay does spend some time examining Montgomery s struggles with his corps and some divisional commanders In addition, while Bungay s consideration of the armies as systems offers a fascinating glimpse at the inner workings of the military machine, this could have been developed further into a deeper analysis of the mechanism.Yet this is to criticise the book for not beingthan it aimed to be In writing an accessible introduction to a key point in British history, Bungay has served his readers well and taken them several steps further in understanding than might have been expected from a standard popular history


  8. Tacoeater Tacoeater says:

    Stephen Bungay s book is about the Second Battle of El Alamein, which he feels, turns around the British psyche from that of defeat to one of victory and enables them to later go on to victory in WWII The actual battle takes up only a short portion of the book The earlier chapters deal with the greater Mediterranean campaign, the North African supply situation, training of the various armies involved, the relationships of the leaders military and political The book sets it up that all that Stephen Bungay s book is about the Second Battle of El Alamein, which he feels, turns around the British psyche from that of defeat to one of victory and enables them to later go on to victory in WWII The actual battle takes up only a short portion of the book The earlier chapters deal with the greater Mediterranean campaign, the North African supply situation, training of the various armies involved, the relationships of the leaders military and political The book sets it up that all that was needed at the end was a competant, determined leader to push the British Army the last bit to gain victory I expected a sort of dry reading, but it stayed engaging until just before the end


  9. Evan Evan says:

    Clear exposition and good follow through with post battle strategic analysis Bungay isn t afraid to break from the chronological flow of events unlike Mitcham s Rommel book to better illuminate things He has good command of the material Lots of detail of everyday life and graphically depicted horrors of war on the ground and the discomforts of desert hardship are balanced with well presented overall strategic moves Bungay approaches Montgomery from all sides and perspectives for nice balan Clear exposition and good follow through with post battle strategic analysis Bungay isn t afraid to break from the chronological flow of events unlike Mitcham s Rommel book to better illuminate things He has good command of the material Lots of detail of everyday life and graphically depicted horrors of war on the ground and the discomforts of desert hardship are balanced with well presented overall strategic moves Bungay approaches Montgomery from all sides and perspectives for nice balance Maybe not the best book on this subject, but a worthwhile one


  10. Michael Michael says:

    This is a superb account of the desert war between 1941 and 1942 The tactics and personallitys of the generals,particually Montgomery are very well explained.A fine account of a very important WWII battle.


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