Corps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, by Douglas E. Delaney

By Douglas E. Delaney

Corps Commanders examines how 5 strikingly distinctive British and Canadian generals fought battles and healthy into the British Empire armies of the second one global battle. the 3 Canadians managed British formations and served lower than British military commanders, and the 2 Britons labored for and led Canadians in addition. Such inter-army alterations have been rather easy simply because all Anglo-Canadian commanders and staffs spoke the army language of the Camberley andQuetta employees faculties. Gunners from Montreal understood guardsmen from London -- no small virtue whilst coordinating coalition battles related to millions of troops. Delaney's ebook deals useful perception into interoperability and the way males animate armies in battle.

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Horrocks was to play a crucial role in the first stage of Montgomery’s plan. His 13th Corps – consisting of the 2nd New Zealand, 44th (Home Counties), and 7th Armoured Divisions, plus an incomplete 10th Armoured Division – defended the southern half of the line in front of Rommel. Whereas William Ramsden’s 30th Corps in the north had a deep defensive position behind a deep minefield, Horrocks’s corps was actually “rather thin on the ground,” having eighteen miles of frontage and the task of holding the key terrain features of the Ruweisat and Alam Halfa Ridges against German attack.

Horrocks and Montgomery fought a very different battle from the one envisioned by Gott and Auchinleck. ”69 Gott had also designated the Alam Halfa Ridge as vital both to holding Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks 23 the current position and to preventing any enemy advance towards Alexandria. After Gott’s death in a plane crash on 7 August, the 13th Corps staff, and Gott’s temporary successor, Lieutenant-General Bernard Freyberg, refined this concept of operations over the course of two weeks.

Alam Halfa had been a good battle – for the Eighth Army, for the new army commander, and for Horrocks too. The army that had fought in the bits and pieces it called brigade group “boxes” only to be trounced by Rommel had finally stopped the unstoppable general. It was not that Montgomery had a material advantage on the battlefield; it was more a matter of using all of his arms intelligently and to their best advantage in a well-orchestrated army defensive battle. Montgomery certainly did not have an advantage in tanks.

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