Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Second World War by Anthony Beevor
Reading Anthony Beevor's outstanding history The Second World War which gives a fascinating and masterly overview of this terrible conflict. He's perhaps a little harsh on Montgomery who he says was over-cautious and too conservative - probably true but anyone with experience of WW1 wanted to be very careful with his men. Solders trusted Monty to look after them and it may be better to have a small victory when you could have had a bigger one than to have risked a major defeat.
There are so many gems in this book that I can't quote them all. Getting an overview of the whole conflict is well worth the inevitable over-simplification.