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Book Title: Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War|
The author of the book: Terry Brighton
ISBN 13: 9780307461544
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 573 KB
Date of issue: November 3rd 2009
Read full description of the books Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War:In Patton, Montgomery, Rommel, one of Britain's most accomplished military scholars presents an unprecedented study of the land war in the North African and European theaters, as well as their chief commanders—three men who also happened to be the most compelling dramatis personae of World War II.
Beyond spellbinding depictions of pivotal confrontations at El Alamein, Monte Cassino, and the Ardennes forest, author-scholar Terry Brighton illuminates the personal motivations and historical events that propelled the three men's careers: how Patton's, Montgomery's, and Rommel's Great War experiences helped to mold their style of command—and how, exactly, they managed to apply their arguably megalomaniacal personalities (and hitherto unrecognized political acumen and tact) to advance their careers and strategic vision.
Opening new avenues of inquiry into the lives and careers of three men widely profiled by scholars and popular historians alike, Brighton definitively answers numerous lingering and controversial questions: Was Patton really as vainglorious in real life as he was portrayed to be on the silver screen?—and how did his tireless advocacy of "mechanized cavalry" forever change the face of war? Was Monty's dogged publicity-seeking driven by his own need for recognition or by his desire to claim for Britain a leadership role in postwar global order?—and how did this prickly "commoner" manage to earn affection and esteem from enlisted men and nobility alike? How might the war have ended if Rommel had had more tanks?—and what fundamental philosophical difference between him and Hitler made such an outcome virtually impossible?
Abetted by new primary source material and animated by Terry Brighton's incomparable storytelling gifts, Patton, Montgomery, Rommel offers critical new interpretations of the Second World War as it was experienced by its three most flamboyant, controversial, and influential commanders—and augments our understanding of each of their perceptions of war and leadership.
Read information about the authorEarly Years
I was born in Boston in the UK and during my teens the world changed: the Beatles, the bomb, and free love. At Lancaster University I pretended to study philosophy and politics while reading Sartre and Camus, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy - those guys made more sense than the professors. I was involved in anti-Vietnam War protests and as God was with the radicals back then, I studied theology at Birmingham University and was ordained an Anglican priest.
The Church / Priesthood
I became curate of St Martin's in Hereford, known as the SAS Church because of the nearby SAS camp, and assisted the army chaplain there. These were tough guys, but they would talk to a priest who drank with them, and I soon discovered that the truth about war was not reaching the history books. After more Chuch appointments I acknowledged that a man cannot live on his knees. God was not, after all, one of the guys.
The Museum / Regiment
Having taken leave of God, I became a curator in the 17th/21st Lancers Regimental Museum, located inside Belvoir Castle. The cap badge of the 17th/21st Lancers bears the regimental motto: Death Or Glory. In 1898 the 21st Lancers made the British Army's last cavalry charge at Omdurman, and this story became my first book: The Last Charge. The 17th Lancers rode in the front line of the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava, and I told of this most horrific ride in history in Hell Riders, making much use of survivors accounts.
We tell our lives by the places we have been and the work we have done, yet there's more significance in the women we have loved. After other loves, I married Linda in May 2009. We live in Lincolnshire in the UK, and in Los Gigantes in the Canary Isles.
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