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A review of 'Strafer': The Desert General by N.S. Nash. General W.H.E. Gott knew how to beat Rommel – but he didn't live to prove it

1 March 2014

9:00 AM

1 March 2014

9:00 AM

‘Strafer’: The Desert General The Life and Killing of Lieutenant General W.H.E. Gott CB CBE DSO MC N.S. Nash

Pen and Sword, pp.250, £25, ISBN: 9781781590904

What an unedifying affair the war in the North African desert was, at least until November 1942 and the victory at El Alamein. As the author of this brisk study of one of its more admired practitioners writes:

In no particular order, the following were casualties [i.e. sacked]: Wavell, Cunningham, Auchinleck, Norrie, Ritchie, Lumsden, Gatehouse, Rees, Godwin-Austen, Beresford-Pierse, Dorman-Smith, Corbett, Hobart, O’Creagh, Ramsden and Messervy.

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