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Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide by Jonathan Dimbleby

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– TWENTY –ENTER MONTGOMERY

‘If he is disagreeable to those about him he is also disagreeable to the enemy.’

Winston Churchill on Montgomery

In London, Churchill’s advisors had just put the finishing touches to a secret document – ‘Worst Possible Case’ – which explored the grim options were the Germans to occupy the Nile Delta. With Auchinleck’s failure to secure an outright victory over Rommel, the central question facing the War Cabinet – addressed to London from all three commanders-in-chief in the Middle East – was which was more important: the Nile Delta or the Persian Gulf? In this ‘worst case’, – with Rommel at the gates of Cairo – they judged that it would not be possible to secure both fronts. The military stalemate at El Alamein gave ...

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