By Ian Sumner
This booklet examines the main British commanders of global battle II (1939-1945) around the 3 branches of provider. in addition being supplied with biographical info for every of the 24 commanders chosen, we're given attention-grabbing insights into their personalities and their variety of command. exams in their strive against documents and performances stressed also are provided. modern photographs and luxurious color works of art offer info in their uniforms, gown and visual appeal in the course of wartime carrier. The commanders delivered to lifestyles by way of this publication contain Auchinleck, Alan Brooke, Cunnigham, Freyberg, Harris, Montgomery, Ramsay, Slessor, narrow, Tedder and Urquhart.
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Many c ontemporaries disliked seeing t heir best men siphoned off t o join his columns; they all suffered heavy casualties, and m any of the men who did return w ere unfit for further operations. How much the columns succeeded in their objective t o divert Japanese attentions f rom the front line is also open t o question. (IWM SE7904) Lieutenant-Colonel Simon, 17th Lord Lovat DSO, MC (1911-95) (right foreground , wearing the uniform of the Lovat Scouts, i ncluding a beret and trousers with a dark blue stripe).
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Wanklyn was awarded the VC for his exploits in HMS Upholder in 1941. He was lost when the Upholder failed to return In 1942. (IWM A 7295) 49 Montgomery is pictured here with the Supreme Commander, General Dwight Eisenhower, on the left, and the Deputy 50 Supreme Commander, Tedder, on the right. (IWM 85562) h r a y ar h wa p h an t d h m m :p t a m il nin Ai r Chief Marshal Joubert with hi s group commanders at Northwood, March 1942. E. H. M. Robb (15 Group), AVM A. P. R. Bromet (19 Group), A ir Commodore I.
British Commanders of World War II by Ian Sumner