Author(s): Alan Moorehead
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 Desert War - later collected as his African Trilogy - were swiftly acclaimed as a classic account of the tussle between Montgomery's Eighth Army and Rommel's Afrika Corps, amidst the endless harsh wastes of the Western Desert.
It was Moorehead, indeed, who was responsible for the celebrated insight that tank battles in the desert are like battles at sea, the lumbering tanks like ships lost in a vast ocean of sand.
"The New Statesman" could not have put it better when it described his achievement in this riveting book: 'There is something of genius in the breadth and penetration of his vision which encompasses the whole panorama of war and then narrows it down to the particular: the soldier stubbing out his cigarette before going into action, the expression on a tank commander's face as he is hit...
The story of the African campaigns will go down in history as one of the great epics of mankind, largely thanks to Mr Moorehead's account.'
Now Aurum reissues in B-format paperback this classic of military history with a beautiful cover.
* 'A classic' Observer * 'One of the most remarkable books of this or any other modern war' New Statesman
Alan Moorehead's other classic books include Gallipolli (also published by Aurum), The White Nile, The Blue Nile, The Fatal Impact and Cooper's Creek. He covered World War II as a war correspondent for the Daily Express and was awarded he OBE. He died in 1983.