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HOLLOW HEROES: An Unvarnished Look at the Wartime Careers:

MICHAEL ARNOLD    Book Number: 83247    Product format: Hardback

Churchill, Montgomery and Mountbatten were three military heroes synonymous with WWII, yet were not all they seemed, according to the author. Montgomery feared and was jealous of Patton. Churchill was disliked amongst his colleagues, he had an attitude of total indifference towards causalities and he pestered commanders in the field for information, even though he had no understanding of operational details. Field Marshals Wavel and Auchinleck were largely lost to Britain. In 1941 he was warned by General Sir John Gill that if they waited until an emergency arose in the Far East, they would be too late. Churchill hated that kind of advice, and his obsession with British control of India meant that he lost their support at a time when it was most needed. His 'black dogs' were legendary, 'Did it not occur to anyone that these mood swings were evidence of a mental disorder, or were they all thinking that this was merely Churchill being Churchill?' Mountbatten was inclined to recklessness and it seems that his rapid promotions were due to favouritism; for Churchill he could do no wrong. Second cousin to George VI, he was given command of HMS Kelly, making a basic navigational error that exposed her to unnecessary peril. Later, it seems that he disregarded cancellation of an operation at Dieppe, and, acting without authority, decided to go ahead with a raid, resulting in one of the greatest disasters of the war. His fumbling in India is realistically examined too. As for Montgomery, he never had to overcome handicaps; he was given command when the tide of war was turning inexorably in favour of the Allies. 'Greatness in the field is not a question of success following cautious planning when there is a huge advantage in numbers, supplies and logistics.' Many Americans were of the view that often officer promotion in Britain was based on social background rather than achievement; better to conform than perform. This book demonstrates how several far more-deserving men were overlooked or side-lined due to jealousy by men now regarded as primary military leaders. Includes the bizarre case of Major-General Dorman-Smith, an original thinker sacked by Churchill. He was the tactician who devised the first Battle of Alamein. 288pp, illus. Last sold at
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ISBN 9781612002736
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