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Monty's Army Commander : The Military Life and Times of General Sir Miles Dempsey - Peter Rostron

Monty's Army Commander

The Military Life and Times of General Sir Miles Dempsey

Hardcover Published: 30th April 2010
ISBN: 9781848842526
Number Of Pages: 240

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Miles Dempsey, Commander of the British Second Army in the invasion of Europe 1944-45, is almost unknown to the general public. Yet his part in Britain?s contribution to that campaign was second only to Montgomery?s importance. Dempsey survived two and half years of bitter fighting as an infantry officer on the Western Front before accompanying his beloved Royal Berkshire Regiment in the little-known North West Persia campaign of 1920-21. In six years he rose from Major to command over half a million men in the largest combined operation in history, and led them to victory a year later. Based on sources which include some of Dempsey?s previously unpublished work and the views of those who knew him, the book traces his career as a soldier of rare distinction, a talented sportsman and a man of huge charm and shrewd intellect, dedicated to his beloved regiment and ever mindful of the lives of his soldiers. It examines his methods of command and his relationships with Montgomery, his Corps commanders, the Americans and the RAF. It highlights his crucial role in the Dunkirk evacuation, the training of the Canadian Army, and the invasion of Sicily, Italy, and North West Europe. It analyses why his army performed so brilliantly on D Day, and examines his contribution to the campaign in Europe, focusing on the controversial operations of EPSOM, GOODWOOD, Arnhem and the Rhine Crossing. AUTHOR: Peter Rostron is a former soldier who served with the Gloucestershire Regiment. He is an International Fellow of the United States Army War College. SELLING POINTS: ?The first biography of the man who was Commander of the British Second Army at D-Day ?Major importance and contribution to the success of the Landings and the breakout ?Dempsey remarkably rose from Major to full General in five years. A rare achievement ?Of great interest and importance to military historians ILLUSTRATIONS 16 pages of b/w plates *

..".a useful biography of an important figure, and one that Dempsey would probably have approved of."--History of War

Prefacep. vi
Prologuep. xi
'School'p. 1
'Execute Orders Received'p. 6
'Orderly Room'p. 15
'Officers'p. 25
'Alarm (for Troops to Turn out under Arms)'p. 36
'Retire or Troops About Wheel'p. 43
'Draw Swords'p. 54
'Head of Column Change Direction Half Right'p. 69
'Front'p. 80
'Form Line'p. 95
'Charge'p. 112
'Pursue'p. 128
'Halt'p. 145
'Stand Fast/Cease Firing'p. 162
'Last Post'p. 173
'Sunset'p. 190
Epiloguep. 202
Notesp. 203
Select Bibliographyp. 208
Indexp. 210
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ISBN: 9781848842526
ISBN-10: 184884252X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 30th April 2010
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54