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COVER STORY By-elections a trial run for next federal election

SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook bans reflect a lack of impartiality

CANBERRA OBSERVED The gloves are on for by-election proxy bouts

FEDERAL POLITICS Federal ALP platform reads like a radical on a soapbox

ENVIRONMENT 'Climate change' news is fake news

BRITISH HISTORY Abolition of the Corn Laws paved the way for cheap food

LIFE ISSUES A world of competing sorrows: Ireland's abortion referendum

CULTURE The wee folk and their cousins, up and down the scale

WESTERN CIVILISATION Three great anniversaries of the West

FICTION Autumn Alexei's Story

MUSIC ABBA; Unstoppable, ubiquitous

CINEMA Jurassic World: Fallen kingdom

BOOK REVIEW Vision for the future, if we want to claim it

BOOK REVIEW Taking to task failed privilege

BOOK REVIEW Where Tolkien and St Thomas agree

LETTERS

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Beijing goes 'boo', Qantas gets in a flap

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HOLLOW HEROES:
An Unvarnished Look at the Careers of Churchill, Montgomery and Mountbatten

Michael Arnold

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by Michael Arnold

(Havertown, Pennsilvania, Casemate, 2015)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN: 9781612002736
Price: AUD$65.00

 

Book description

The book reveals the truths behind the conventional images of three of Great Britain’s primary military leaders during and immediately after World War II. In each case there was a totally different side to each man, which demonstrates that a great deal of their reputation was built on contrived results, deception and dishonesty. It examines the influence and impediment of class on the performance of the British Army in World War II, and quotes the views of the Americans that far too often there was an unwillingness among the British to base officer promotion on effectiveness rather than on social background; conforming was more important than performing. At the same time, Montgomery feared and was jealous of Patton, whose rate of advance was nearly always twice that of Monty’s. The services of Field Marshals Wavell and Auchinleck, two of Britain’s finest commanders of the war, were largely lost to Britain because of Churchill’s consistent interfering in field matters and his need to contrive almost anything to remain in power after he had been responsible for the fall of Singapore.

This book includes the bizarre case of Major-General Dorman-Smith, one of Britain’s most brilliant original thinkers, who without reason was sacked by Churchill. Dorman-Smith was the tactician who had produced Britain’s victory over Rommel at the first battle of Alamein, but his crime seems have been overachievement; an unforgivable sin in some eyes.

 

About the author

Michael Arnold was born in England and worked in the insurance profession for over 50 years.

He is an avid researcher and amateur historian who specialises in cricket and military history. His first book, The Bodyline Hypocrisy, a revised look at the notorious cricket series between Australia and England in 1932–33, was published in 2009 and was an instant success, being classified as “essential reading” in the Cricketweb Book Review, and by Sportskeeda as “one of the best cricket books I have had the pleasure of reading”.

The Sacrifice of Singapore was the result of over five years of painstaking and exhaustive study, not only of previous accounts of events as they unfolded in Malaya and Singapore but through investigation of what was taking place elsewhere in the world prior to the Japanese attack. It became clear that Singapore was “sunk” well before the battle began. It is a fresh approach, but the facts were always there.

He now lives in Sydney, where he devotes his time to historical research and writing.


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