Before the Battle of El Alamein in 1942, the British had never won a major battle on land against the Germans; r indeed had anyone else. Drawing on a remarkable array of first-hand accounts, this book reveals the personal experiences of those on the frontline and provides fascinating details of how the war was actually fought. It also includes analysis of the strategic decisions made by the generals. El Alamein 1942 is the story of exactly how a seemingly beaten and demoralized army turned near-defeat into victory in a little over four months of protracted and bloody fighting in the harsh North African desert.
Bryn Hammond is a member of the British Commission for Military History and completed his doctoral thesis on tank warfare. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham, and the Western Front and Gallipoli Associations. His previous publication, Cambrai 1917 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2008), was extremely well received and he has written widely on a variety of military history subjects in a number of magazine publications. He currently works at the Imperial War Museum.