MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN Field-Marshal the Viscount (1958.)


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Portrait frontispiece, numerous maps and illustrations. Second impression. 8vo., cloth, dust jacket. London, Collins.

Inscribed on the front free endpaper 'Inscribed for Mr. Hughes by Montgomery of Alamein October 1959', beneath which is inscribed 'Oliver Leese Lt General 30 Corps El Alamein October 23rd 1942'.

Leese, who served in both World Wars, had been instructed by Montomery at Staff College in the 1920s. In September 1942 he was sent at Montgomery's request to take command of the Eighth Army's 30 Corps, Montgomery saying in a signal to Alanbrooke that Leese was 'the best soldier out here'. Leese later succeeded Montgomery as Commander of the Eighth Army, leading them through the Italian Campaign, ending at the battle of Monte Cassino in 1944.

Pasted to the front pastedown a newspaper obituary of Sir Oliver Leese, above that is inscribed 'From Joanna to Maurice 1958' ('Joanna' in a different hand).

Front board spotted, spine creased, dust jacket nicked and worn on the top edge.

Stock Code: 221906

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