Field Marshall Claude Auchinleck written by Evan McGilvray and published by Pen & Sword Books £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 256

Auchinleck was a remarkable man in many ways having helped transform the Indian army, British army and the Empire during his long military career. He also served with honour in Norway, India, Egypt, Pakistan, North Africa and Burma. He halted the trail of Rommel at El Alamein and then later oversaw the partition and withdrawal of India. Auchinleck was a man who did really well and a man of integrity and trust with him being to make his up the career to near the top. A fine man of leadership and quality.

One of the best things about reviewing books for Pen and Sword Books, is that you’re always learning something new. This is a fine book and interesting story about Field Marshall Claude Auchinleck. I would say he was a very underated figure who sadly fades into the background against other more prominent people due to circumstance. It was after I read this book that I saw a programme where he was featured during World War Two and he was a clearly a quiet man of substance who was strong enough and good enough halt Rommel at El Alamein. I would say from reading this book that he was clearly a man who could work well with other men and people without seeking attention to what he was doing. An excellent read about a man I hadn’t really heard about, but I am now glad that I have. The book is very well balanced and written by the author who obviously knows his stuff about this man. I would give this book a very good 4 star rating.

By Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.