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By Robert Crisp

"Unquestionably the best narrative of tank conflict to come back out of worldwide warfare II."—Los Angeles Times

A tank officer's tale of the wasteland warfare in North Africa, Brazen Chariots is without doubt one of the most generally praised battle books ever released. significant Robert Crisp recounts Operation Crusader, the nice tank conflict waged opposed to Rommel's Afrika Korps at the borders of Egypt.

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Montgomery's code of conduct is simple and strong: like all his statements of principle it looks jejune until you ask how you yourself would apply it. It is a throwback to Napoleon's declaration that he wanted lucky generals: implicit in which is the thought that a general who, granted luck, cannot exploit it is useless. The Montgomery doctrine reads: 'At certain moments in life an opportunity is presented to each one of us; some of us are not aware of the full significance of what has happened, and the moment is lost.

They spoke the same language. Under Hollond Montgomery learned the essential lesson in humility which he himself has defined: 'that the discipline demanded in the soldier must become loyalty in the officer'. Hollond appreciated Montgomery's capacity and gave him a very free hand. Alan Moorehead comments: 'While the General planned and encouraged, his Brigade-Major, Montgomery, jumped into the actual control as his executive officer. ' This was a marvellous practical preliminary to his years as an instructor at the Staff College.

The first distinction he provided for the Regiment was when it went to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914. In October of that year his battalion put in an attack on a German position. As a young officer Montgomery was in the lead, in an assault on a village called Meteren. During the advance he found himself confronted by an armed German. 'An immediate decision was clearly vital. I hurled myself through the air at the German and kicked him as hard as I could in the lower part of the stomach; the blow was well aimed at a tender spot.

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