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The British Army and the Liberation of Europe

John Buckley

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Historian John Buckley offers a radical reappraisal of Great Britain’s fighting forces during World War Two, challenging the common belief that the British Army was no match for the forces of Hitler’s Germany. Following Britain’s military commanders and troops across the battlefields of Europe, from D-Day to VE-Day, from the Normandy beaches to Arnhem and the Rhine, and, ultimately, to the Baltic, Buckley’s provocative history demonstrates that the British Army was more than a match for the vaunted Nazi war machine.
This fascinating revisionist study of the campaign to liberate Northern Europe in the war’s final years features a large cast of colorful unknowns and grand historical personages alike, including Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery and the prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. By integrating detailed military history with personal accounts, it evokes the vivid reality of men at war while putting long-held misconceptions finally to rest.

John Buckley is professor of military history at the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom and the author and editor of six books on the military history of the Second World War.

‘His authority, blended with readability and a genuinely fresh, exciting and convincing thesis, makes this the finest account of D-Day and beyond for many, many a year.’    —James Holland, BBC History Magazine

“A valuable addition to our understanding of the role of British forces during the final stages of the conflict.”—Jonathan Eaton, Military History

‘Taking forward his excellent work on the Normandy campaign, John Buckley’s new book provides a well-grounded examination of the role of the British army in the defeat of Hitler, moving beyond earlier interpretations to offer an effective account of how the Germans were outfought. Ranging from soldiers to strategy, this is an exemplary study.’ – Jeremy Black, author of World War Two: A Military History
‘From June 1944 to May 1945 the British Army contributed significantly to defeating the most formidable land force fielded by any European power since Roman times. John Buckley cogently explains how it did so.  It is a telling example of coherent strategy and logistical capability more than compensating for operational limitations and tactical weaknesses which were themselves improved through organisational learning. This is a book not just for those with an interest in military history, but for anyone who wants to learn about strategy and organisational behaviour. It incidentally contains one of the best short accounts of Operation Market Garden ever written.’ - Stephen Bungay, author of The Most Dangerous Enemy: A History of the Battle of Britain
“I. . .enjoyed John Buckley’s Monty’s Men, a reappraisal of the British campaign in Europe, from D Day to VE day. It is refreshing to read a book that actually gives the British army credit for what it achieved and its respect for soldiers’ lives”.—Barney White-Spunner, Country Life
“It is a worthy and ultimately convincing argument.”—Alan Allport, Literary Review
“Buckley has taken an interesting approach to a familiar subject and he argues his case well.”—John Grehan, Britain at War Magazine

‘The book is a serious assessment. . .He argues convincingly that too many historians have focussed on the mistakes, such as the setbacks at Caen and Arnhem, rather than appreciating that Monty and his men were given a job to do and that they did it effectively.’
Good Book Guide

“A well-produced book with maps, plates, and 48 pages of citations and sources.”—J. R. Breihan, Choice
"This highly engrossing history is an outsatanding account of British actions in the post-D-day period.” —Library Journal

‘ A well-argued take on the role of the British army in the campaign in northwest Europe… a balanced study that stresses the British Army’s effectiveness, both in using the resources at its disposal appropriately and in developing skills that made a valuable contribution to Allied success.’—Diane Lees, The Times.
Winner of the Templer Medal, awarded by the Army Historical Research Society
Winner of the Society for Army Historical Research Templer Medal. The medal is awarded annually to the author of the book that has made the most significant contribution to the history of the British Army.
ISBN: 9780300205343
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
384 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
25 b/w illus.