Alamein: The Turning Point of World War Two

Alamein The Turning Point of World War Two Superb war novelist Iain Gale moves into the twentieth century and World War Two telling the story of the eleven days that would change the course of history There are some battles that change the

  • Title: Alamein: The Turning Point of World War Two
  • Author: Iain Gale
  • ISBN: 9780007278688
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • Superb war novelist, Iain Gale, moves into the twentieth century and World War Two, telling the story of the eleven days that would change the course of history.There are some battles that change the course of history Alamein is one of those.In October 1942, Britain and its allies were in trouble Germany and its Axis partners were winning ground in Europe, in Russia, inSuperb war novelist, Iain Gale, moves into the twentieth century and World War Two, telling the story of the eleven days that would change the course of history.There are some battles that change the course of history Alamein is one of those.In October 1942, Britain and its allies were in trouble Germany and its Axis partners were winning ground in Europe, in Russia, in the Atlantic and they were poised to take the Suez Canal But it was in this North Africa battle that the stand was made, that the tide of World War Two began to turn.It was a battle of strong characters Rommel and Montgomery lead their men through an extraordinary eleven day battle, in unforgiving terrain, amid the swirling sandstorms and the desert winds.Iain Gale, author of the outstanding historical novel Four Days in June, tells this dramatic story through seven dynamic characters, many of whom are based on real people Drawn from both sides of the conflict, they include a major from a Scottish brigade, a young lieutenant in the thick of the tank battle, an Australian sergeant and a charismatic Italian commander of a parachute battalion Through their eyes we see the battle unfold the strategy, the individual actions and skirmishes, the fear, the determination and the extraordinary courage on both sides.

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    1. Gale’s writing is excellent, especially on two scores: He is a good storyteller and he has great knowledge of his subject. Beyond that, he manages to provide an insight into the mindset of the British commander, Bernard Law Montgomery (without the reader needing a degree in psychoanalysis) and the torn allegiances of the German opponent, Erwin Rommel (by then entering a conspiracy to depose Hitler). Beyond Rommel’s mental conflict – he was suffering what we would now most likely term PTSD [...]

    2. This book is a fictional novel heavily based on the true story of the 2nd battle of El Alamein. The novel follows circa 6 point of view characters, one of them fictional, the rest of them very real people.The accounts of the war, the waiting, the terror, senseless destruction and the differences between the two sides is very well done and gives great historical info for history buffs. Its a great way to get a good feel for one of the turning points of the second world war.My only criticism is if [...]

    3. An enjoyable read with a good use of fiction to demonstrate factual events avoiding the trap of dry recounting of facts like a tick list and the book is a sensible length. Definitely worth the read.

    4. 3.75Really enjoyed reading this one. A well written, unbiased easy read. Beginning sets the scene and introduces the characters then all hell breaks lose so to speak. Pretty graphic scenes of battle and killing and I definitely did feel for the characters. Great novel based on fact.

    5. A lucid and even-handed fictionalised portrayal of one of the great turning point battles of World War Two. All the main combatants are vividly brought to life and it's welcoming to see the bravery of Italian troops recognised. A moving and telling insight into the chaos and horrors of combat.

    6. Listened to the audiobook. Well read and a good blend of fiction and fact.Stirring stuff and worth a listen.

    7. Disappointing. Lots of gore but didn't develop any sympathy for the characters and the retelling of the battle was confusing and I have studied it in the past! Would not recommend.

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