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by Alan Moorehead

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Title:The Desert War Trilogy: The Classic Trilogy on the North African Campaign 1940-43
Authors:Alan Moorehead
Info:Aurum Press Ltd (2009), Paperback, 656 pages
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The African Trilogy by Alan Moorehead (1945)



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The cover of my edition of this book shows a photo of six single-engine fighters with USAAF markings -- evidently, though I am no expert, P-47 Thunderbirds. Wikipedia seems to confirm my suspicion that no such planes ever flew in combat in North Africa. This is irritating to a pedant such as myself. (Though less so than the cover of Connie Willis's Blackout, which implicitly depicts B-17s dropping bombs on London.)
  sonofcarc | Apr 6, 2015 |
Part of a quite good series of books by Alan Morehead, a war correspondent, written during and immediately following events of WW2 Not well documented or literary masterpieces but gritty recollections of someone who was there. A useful and personal analysis of the role of senior leadership during the first year of the Desert War is provided as a concluding chapter to a year of battle. An obscure arena in WW2 but the 25 + divisions (2/300,000) prime German soldiers captured here were removed from the board prior to invading Europe. These troops were willing to surrender and thus could not take part in the fanatical defense of the Reich that ended WW2 in Europe. ( )
  jamespurcell | Nov 15, 2014 |
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Alan Moorehead was sent to cover the North Africa campaign in 1940 by the Daily Express, and he followed its dramatic course all the way to 1943. The three books he subsequently wrote about the war were swiftly acclaimed as a classic account of the tussle between Montgomery's Eighth Army and Rommel's Afrika Corps. Originally published: London: Hami.… (more)

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