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by Peter Caddick-Adams

ISBN: 1590207254
ISBN13: 978-1590207253
Language: English
Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (February 16, 2012)
Pages: 480
Category: Historical
Subategory: Memoris

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Monty and Rommel book. Their lives paralleled each other in many ways Peter Caddick-Adams is a lecturer in military history and current defense issues at the UK Defence Academy.

Monty and Rommel book. Their lives paralleled each other in many ways. Peter Caddick-Adams is a lecturer in military history and current defense issues at the UK Defence Academy. He is the author of Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell and Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives. He holds the rank of major in the British Territorial Army and has served with . forces in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Caddick-Adams tracks and compares their military talents and personalities in battle. Rommel's breathtaking advance in May-June 1940 was nothing less than inspired. Books related to Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives. Each brought something special to their commands. Montgomery is a gift for leadership gurus in the way he took over a demoralised Eighth Army in August 1942 and led it to victory just two months later. This compelling work is both scholarly and entertaining and marks the debut of a major new talent in historical biography.

Peter Caddick-Adams's book brilliantly captures the lives and the personalities of these two extraordinary men. In short, Monty and Rommel is not only a first-class work of military history, but one of those books that makes you stop and think, and connect the dots from the past to th. . In short, Monty and Rommel is not only a first-class work of military history, but one of those books that makes you stop and think, and connect the dots from the past to the present. The author is masterful at bringing alive these two very different (and very difficult) personalities, and has scads of good stories about them.

by Peter Caddick-Adams. Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9781848091542.

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COMPARING military masterminds Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel this biography is one of a kind. By Charlotte Vowden and Sarah Fellows. PUBLISHED: 00:00, Fri, May 11, 2012. 0. Monty And Rommel: Parallel Lives by Peter Caddick-Adams. From their childhoods to facing each other across the battlefields of the First World War, North Africa and the Second World War, their lives, tactical talents, personalities and military careers are rivetingly compared and evaluated. Verdict 4/5. Arrow, £. 9.

This impressive book will undoubtedly prove one of the best military histories of the year". Intriguing study of General Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel. highly rewarding book. Distinguished military historian Caddick-Adams has achieved a first by entwining biographies of two WW2 adversaries, field marshals Montgomery and Rommel.

Peter Caddick-Adams writes with authority and a deep knowledge of both his subjects and the two world wars in which they fought. He has produced an utterly absorbing and hugely entertaining book that will provide a new benchmark on how we view these two divisive generals.

Two men came to personify British and German generalship in the Second World War: Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel. They fought a series of extraordinary duels across several theatres of war which established them as two of the greatest captains of their age. Our understanding of leadership in battle was altered for ever by their electrifying personal qualities. Ever since, historians have assessed their outstanding leadership, personalities and skill.

by Peter Caddick-Adams Both leaders were happiest on the front line. Age Range: 1887 - 1976. While heavy with military detail, Caddick-Adams’ dual biography manages to move fluidly between the events in the two great generals’ lives. Bernard Montgomery (1887–1976) and Erwin Rommel (1891–1944) both hailed from middle-class, nonmilitary families; received their baptism by fire during battle in World War I and were wounded; wrote tactical textbooks; and were instrumental in their respective countries’ battles during World War II in North Africa and Normandy. Both leaders were happiest on the front line.

Two men came to personify Allied and German generalship in the Second World War: Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel.

They fought a series of extraordinary battles across several theaters of war that established them as two of the greatest generals of their age. Born four years apart, their lives were remarkably similar--from their shared provincial upbringings to each nearly dying in but emerging from the first World War with glowing war records. They would begin to fight each other as divisional commanders in 1940 and as they came to prominence, first in North Africa, then at the Normandy D-Day allied invasion. Caddick-Adams tracks and compares their military talents and personalities in battle. Monty and Rommel explores how each general was raised to power by their war leaders, Churchill and Hitler, and how the innovative military strategy and thought of both permeate down to today's armies.
Comments:
Mora
I have always had an interest in World War II, all it's battles, weapons, generals etc. I was particularly fascinated by the North African campaign, the Desert War, and of course, the "Desert Fox" Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and his various opponents, including Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. This book seemed like a logical purchase to make and I am surprised that I haven't acquired it sooner than I did! The amazing thing about this book is this: these two men, at first glance, are drastically different from each other, but when you dig deeper, (courtesy of author Peter Caddick-Adams) you discover that they have a great deal in common. This realization, how their lives parallel, is what makes this book so rewarding! I knew Rommel (my favorite) pretty well having read just about everything ever written about him, but I knew next to nothing about "Monty" (he was always "a bad guy"). This book is very well-written and highly rewarding to read. I learned a lot about both men and I highly recommend this book for anyone's World War II library. I have a Listmania List devoted to Erwin Rommel titled "Books and DVDs about the Desert Fox Field Marshal Erwin Rommel" that can be accessed for further resources. I also have a Listmania List titled "World War Two North African Desert War" for focus on where Monty and Rommel battled! Peter Caddick-Adams also has written about the battle of Monte Cassino in the Italian Campaign: Monte Cassino: Ten Armies in Hell

Lucam
Well, most comparative biographies turn out to be a series of anecdotes and coincidences. Not this one! Caddick-Adams does an excellent job with each person here, demonstrating a mastery of the biographical material and providing solid analysis of the impacts of World War I and inter-war experiences on Rommel and Montgomery. This is a fair treatment of both general's strengths and weaknesses individually, as well as a solid comparison of how those experiences (e.g. Monty's staff training vs Rommel's lack of staff training) impacted their decisions. I've been reading about Rommel, in particular for more than 40 years (with 2 bookcases full of references on North Africa), and I learned a lot from this book (and the new sources cited in it.) I would have been interested in more analysis of the curriculum in the military schools both individuals attended, but that might just reflect my own parochial interests.

Strongly recommended!

By coincidence, I bought this at the same time, and read this immediately after Jean Smith's new biography of Eisenhower, which also provides an excellent study of Ike's inter-war years. These two books show there is still a lot to be understood about the human dimension of warfare and generalship. They also demonstrate the impact that mentors have on the careers of successful officers, and the value of the military academic experience (either as student or instructor.)

just one girl
Throughout military history, there are lists of good commanders and bad commanders; those that knew their craft and those that didn't. Among these lists is the list of World War II combat leaders and two of the best known and most studied, are Field Marshals Bernard Law Montgomery of England and Erwin Rommel of Germany.
Bringing two major personalities together in a comparative biography can have its pitfalls. Some turn out to be nothing more than a list of coincidences with very little depth or actual comparisons. That is not the case with Monty and Rommel. Carrick-Adams, himself a thirty-year veteran of the British Army, a historian and battlefield guide proves to be in complete control of the material, providing analysis and great depth of detail to his two subjects. This material is copious but so well presented as to be quite digestible.
The commonalities with these two soldiers are somewhat astonishing. Both came from the same type of family background, neither of which were military; both has similar experiences in the First World War (frontline duty and serious wounds); and both had divisional commands at the beginning of World War II. Even their personalities were similar. They shared an interest in their soldiers' welfare and both could be extremely difficult to deal with.
It is a rare occasion when a book successfully transcends one or more genres. Here we have a comparative historical biography that also serves as a first rate military history. The author also interweaves links with modern military doctrine, making Monty and Rommel a must have book for the professional as well as the interested reader.

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