Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives

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The first comparative biography of two of the most charismatic, and strategically important, military leaders of the Second World War.

This is the story of two men with electrifying personal qualities born around the same time, who between them altered our understanding of leadership in battle.

The book traces Montgomery and Rommel's lives from their provincial upbringing, through to facing each other across the trenches in the First World War, to North Africa and Europe in the second. Both were on the periphery of the military establishment. Both were in part creations of the propaganda of their own and that of their superiors. As this book will show, they were alike in many ways and they represent the first time military commanders proactively and systematically used (and were used by) the media as they came to prominence in the North Africa campaign.

Peter Caddick Adams explores and compares their tactical talents and their personalities in battle. They each brought something special to their respective commands. Rommel's performance with the 7th Panzer in 1940 was inspired. Montgomery is a gift for leadership gurus in the way he took over a demoralised Eighth Army in August 1942 and lead it to victory just two months later. As the author shows he brought with him an extraordinary personal charisma not just 300 new American Sherman tanks.

In this first comparative biography the author shows that both commanders also brought something entirely new of the business of modern command: they gave trusted subordiates room to use their initiative. And he explores their natural instinctive feel for combat -- the German term for this (there is no direct translation) is fingerspitengefuhl.

This ground-breaking work is both scholarly and entertaining and marks the debut of a major new talent in historical biography.
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PETER CADDICK ADAMS is a Lecturer at Cranfield Military Academy specialising in military history and media operations working alongside Richard Holmes. His special areas of interest are battlefield history and he researches in Military Doctrine and Leadership. He has led over 200 visits to more than 50 battlefields around the world. He joined the Territorial Army in1985 and currently serves as a military media advisor in the rank of major. Peter was educated at Shrewsbury School and Wolverhampton University, where he gained a First in War Studies.
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"A quite brilliant piece of writing. Here in a single volume we have a first-rate expose of two of the war's best known commanders... if Caddick-Adams were a landscape painter his book would be the equivalent of Monet, full of rich intriguing colours and patterns. The resultant effect is spectacular, and Caddick-Adams is to be congratulated on his achievement... a brilliant book written with passion and verve."
—Robert Lyman for BBC History Magazine Book of the Month
 
"Impressive... one of the best military histories of the year."
—Richard Holmes

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