By Keith Douglas
'This is the one booklet from the second one global battle similar with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves... while the conflict of El Alamein started, the poet Keith Douglas used to be in Cairo with Divisional HQ. keen to not pass over the motion, he took a truck and, opposed to orders, drove to re-join his regiment. He served as a tank commander in the course of the entire of the allied enhance throughout North Africa, and Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is his tale. Boyishness and inexperience supply it flash-bulb immediacy... Scenes of unforgettable pity and terror unfold... every little thing, from flora carpeting the barren region in iciness to vanquished enemies, is noticeable with a poet's eye and the generosity of youth.' John Carey, Guardian
This Faber unearths version of Keith Douglas's vintage paintings - initially released years after his dying in Normandy in 1944 - features a new preface by way of the novelist Richard Skinner.
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The feint was highly successful. Our projected counter-attack southward by a part of the 4th Indian Division from Benghazi, the Armoured Division, and the Guards Brigade from Charruba was hurriedly cancelled, Benghazi was evacuated, and the whole XIIIth Corps fell back to the line Gazala-Bir Hacheim. The loss of Benghazi soon emerged as the outstanding fact. General Auchinleck (Advanced Headquarters) to Prime Minister 27 Jan. 42 I also was much disturbed by reports of premature action at Benghazi.
When we remember the cost, time, and labour the creation of an entity like an armoured division, with all its experts and trained men, involves, the effort required to transport it round the Cape, the many preparations made to bring it into battle, it is indeed grievous to see the result squandered through such mismanagement. Still more are these The Hinge of Fate 56 reflections painful when our failure is contrasted with what the Germans accomplished, although over four hundred miles from their base at Tripoli.
I asked my colleagues to give me reasonable time. Unfortunately, General Auchinleck had underestimated his enemy’s power of recuperation. The Royal Air Force in Malta, which, under the determined leadership of Air ViceMarshal Lloyd, had contributed to the land victory by its autumn attacks on Italian ports and shipping, had been set upon in December by a powerful concentration of German air squadrons in Sicily and subdued. Our recent misfortunes at sea had so weakened Admiral Cunningham’s fleet that for a time it could not intervene effectively on the sea route to Tripoli.
Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas