By Robin Neillands
8th military is a masterful epic of army background during which acclaimed historian Robin Neillands thrillingly chronicles the defeats and triumphs of the 8th military, thought of through many to be the main extraordinary battling strength of WWII. utilizing firsthand resource fabric together with own money owed and interviews with veterans, Neillands diags deep into the recommendations, conflicts, controversies, and politically stimulated judgements that plagued, stymied, and glavanized this striking workforce of fellows. within the determined days among June 1940 and October 1942, 8th Army--a British strength representing the loose global and comprising the various nice scuffling with divisions of the War--was the single Western military left to stand the becoming Axis powers. notwithstanding eventually victorious, those males confronted defeat. they'd to surmount out of date gear and detached command, in addition to the enemy--not forgetting their most deadly foe, Rommel, who met his fit in 8th Army's basic Sir Bernard Montgomery. From the battles fought at Sidi Rezegh, Alamein, Sicily, and Cassino--this riveting narrative reverberates with the unstoppable spirit of the boys whose energy carried them on a 3,000-mile march to victory.
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Once they began to win victories with him, one could see how important were the factors which made his men into good soldiers. C. " Page 1 1 Flying Start Favouritism is the secret of efficiency attr. Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher Early on 20 July 1917 General John J. Pershing, Commander-in-Chief American Expeditionary Force, accompanied by Colonel Harbord, his Adjutant-General, Colonel Alvord, his Chief of the General Staff, and his aide-de-camp Captain G. S. Patton Jr, left Paris and motored northward on the Route Nationale which leads to Beauvais, Montreuil and the English Channel.
The two soon became friends. On return to United States he was posted to the Mounted Service School at Fort Riley, Kansas and was soon selected for a second-year advanced equitation course. France and her Army's long history had caught Patton's imagination. The following summer he and his wife went back once more to the French Cavalry School at Saumur for further study at his own expense. From this visit dated the close friendship Page 6 with Lieutenant Houdemon (later General Houdemon) one of the instructors in equitation.
They were in a house. No sooner had Patton deployed his men than three horsemen appeared on the scene. They fired first. Patton promptly shot one out of the saddle and with a second shot brought the horse of another to the ground and, as this one was raising his pistol, shot him dead. By this time the first bandit had recovered. He held up his left hand in token of surrender, fired and missed. Patton promptly shot him too: it was 'General' Cardenas. A further bandit having been similarly eliminated, Patton drove back to the American camp with the bodies of the men he had shot tied to the running board to show to Pershing.