A Tale of Two Battles: A Personal Memoir of Crete and the Western Desert, 1941 - Geoffrey CoxLondon: William Kimber, 1987, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top corner of the first blank clipped.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Appendix;
From the cover: “Sir Geoffrey Cox has depicted two key battles of the Second World War from two different perspectives — as they seemed at the time to someone caught up in them, and as they appear now that the full records, official and unofficial, are available.
The battle of Crete in May 1941 was the first airborne invasion in history. The battle of Sidi Rezegh, the forgotten battle of the Desert War, was the heart of the Crusader campaign of the autumn of 1941. It was a campaign won by a hair’s breadth by the newly designated Eighth Army. Had we lost it, we would have had to fight the battle of Alamein six months earlier, before we had the decisive weapon of the Sherman tank.
In both battles Geoffrey Cox served as an Intelligence Officer on the staff of the legendary New Zealand Commander, General Freyberg VC. From his own diary notes he has portrayed events as he experienced them. In particular he gives a vivid picture of General Freyberg and other commanders in the heat of battle. From the many documents, memoirs, and other evidence which has since become available, the author sets his personal experience against the background of these two crucial actions.”