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In the second volume, Churchill replaces Sir Claude Auchinleck as commander-in-chief with Field Marshal Harold Alexander, and places Bernard Montgomery over the Eighth Army. Prior to the changes of command, Auchinleck stopped Rommel's Afrika Korps for the first time at the first battle of Alamein in July, 1942. Still, the Axis forces remained dangerous. The pair's new commIn the second volume, Churchill replaces Sir Claude Auchinleck as commander-in-chief with Field Marshal Harold Alexander, and places Bernard Montgomery over the Eighth Army. Prior to the changes of command, Auchinleck stopped Rommel's Afrika Korps for the first time at the first battle of Alamein in July, 1942. Still, the Axis forces remained dangerous. The pair's new commands coincided with the arrival of matériel sufficient to give the Allies overwhelming superiority in the field. Montgomery duly planned for a second battle at Alamein six months after the first. The eventual encounter gained a decisive second desert victory, the first since O'Connor's against the Italians nearly two years before. The victory signaled the beginning of the end of the Axis in North Africa....

Title : The Crucible of War: Auchinleck's Command: The Definitive History of the Desert War
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ISBN : 9780304359516
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 390 Pages
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  • Paul W
    2018-11-27 17:26

    When Churchill replaced Wavell with Auchinleck he was expecting someone who would be more compliant. But quickly discovered that changing the messenger did not change the underlying issues which were impacting the Allied forces.Pitt's second volume provides a detailed description of the battles, but also provides insights on Auchinleck's leadership style. Like Wavell, Auchinleck made poor decisions about subordinates, and did not act quickly enough to replace senior commanders who were not performing. He tolerated the behaviour of the South African Pienaar whose timidity and refusal to comply cost hundreds of Commonwealth lives.Barely a year after replacing Wavell, Churchill intervened again and replaced Auchinleck with Alexander.This well-written account combines detailed descriptions of events with insights on the impact on individuals and lessons on leadership.