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Posted on Friday 26th February
Richard Mead's Men Behind Monty and Paul Moorcraft's The Jihadist Threat have both been nominated by the British Army Military Book of the Year.
Men Behind Monty, released April 2015, examines the roles played by the staff in the victorious campaigns of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery. Whereas The Jihadist Threat, a timely and controversial book that was added to Pen & Sword’s ever-expanding catalogue of titles in October 2015, examines the international and domestic threats to the West from Jihadism.
In the 10th year of the award there are six titles in the running, with shortlisting determined by how well the books had been received and reviewed in newspapers and journals.
Paul Moorcraft said: “I have won awards for fiction, but it is great to be honoured by the top prize in military history. After Sandhurst and decades of travel, now I have the honour to come home and lecture at Aldershot's Prince Consort's Library, the central depository for the army's military history collection, as part of the selection process.
“The audience will be mainly army officers. So I shall try to be serious for a change. Friends warn me not to tell allegedly funny war stories like my mixing my toothpaste with a tube of Preparation H, when my head-torch ran out in Basra.
“I am not in the same league as previous winners such as Antony Beevor but I shall do my best to fly the flag for Pen and Sword.”
The Men Behind Monty(Hardback - 290 pages)
by Richard Mead
The Men Behind Monty examines the role played by the staff in the victorious campaigns of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, Britain's most successful field commander since the Duke of Wellington.
When Monty took command of Eighth Army in August 1942, he inherited the staff of his predecessor. He retained all the key members and most of them stayed with him not only from El Alamein to Tunis, but also in Sicily and… Read more...
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