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The Crusading General-The life of Sir Bernard Paget, GCB, DSO, MC by Julian Paget

"Over sixty years on, there can be very few Second World War major military figures whose biographies have not been published, but General Sir Bernard Paget has been, until now, one of them. During the war against Hitler, Paget held key appointments of great importance. He proved himself a shrewd commander during the ill-fated Norway campaign and was appointed Commander-in-Chief Home Forces and later C-in-C 21st Army Group. In both positions he was responsible for building and preparing the Army for the opening of the Second Front. His gift as a superb trainer of troops was given full rein. He was also an early architect of the D-Day landing plans. Yet, as this perceptive work reveals, to his disappointment he was replaced by Montgomery fresh from his victories in North Africa and Italy. Instead Paget became C-in-C Middle East Forces, a huge command previously held by men such as Wavell and Jumbo Wilson. However, the focus of attention had switched to North West Europe and Paget's role has not received the attention it deserves. 

The Crusading General traces the full career of this almost forgotten man who wielded immense influence throughout the Second World War and whose contribution to the Allies' ultimate victory has been singularly overlooked. 

Written by his son, a distinguished military historian, it has the advantage of full access to all Paget's papers and photographs. It is essential reading for those who have more than a passing interest in the War and art of generalship."
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