Of a handful of leading military commanders of WWII, Brian Horrocks stood out & was compared to Rommel. This is more than a biography of a major military figure, but a life lesson – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Horrocks, The General Who Led From The Front FILE: R2677 AUTHOR: Philip Warner PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 195 PRICE: £12.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, World War 2, North Africa, WWI, Op Market Garden, Europe, German surrender, Black Rod, TV presenter, general ISBN: 1-52671-716-6 IMAGE: B2677.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/yd5pfcqn LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Of a handful of leading military commanders of WWII, Brian Horrocks stood out & was compared to Rommel. This is more than a biography of a major military figure, but a life lesson – Most Highly Recommended. Brian Horrocks describes his WWI entry into military action as 'a most undistinguished start' which is typical of a modest man who achieved greatness in his field. There are many types of commander, including the pounder who is happy to take high casualties, the cautious who misses opportunities, the timid who fails to exploit an advantage, and the charismatic leader who explains what will happen and leads from the front. Brian Horrocks was certainly charismatic and led from the front. He was also highly regarded and followed into action by a group of soldiers from many nationalities that would do anything for a commander who inspired loyalty and confidence. Horrocks has been compared very favourably with Rommel and many of Montgomery's triumphs relied on Horrocks tireless drive and brilliance. After a barnstorming performance in North Africa, Horrocks was seriously wounded and many thought his military career was over but he battled on with the same relentless courage and determination he had demonstrated in the field. Although not fully fit, he talked his way back into field command and led the Operation Market Garden to near total success. Had the British Airborne forces, who went into Arnheim, been better supported with communications equipment they would have held their bridge until Horrocks reached and relieved them. As it was they held on long past the expected period and Horrocks overcame considerable obstacles to reach them as they were forced to surrender or withdraw. General James Gavin commanding the 82nd (US) Airborne Division, which was part of Op Market Garden described Horrocks as “the finest general officer I met during the war”. The qualities that saw Horrocks achieve so much in war continued into peace. He became Black Rod, an important ceremonial and administrative role in the British Parliamentary system, and discharged his duties in good humour and efficiency. Some believed he should have continued in the Army and achieved the highest rank, but he himself believed that he had reached his plateau as a fighting general, leading men into battle and not as a political soldier as Chief of Staff or Field Marshal. He also reached a new and large audience. He was asked to present on television key parts of the war in Europe. His presentations were a triumph because he demonstrated the talent that had made him such an effective field commander. He was able to set out all of the salient details of complex battles in a manner that would satisfy professional soldiers, but was also embracing and instructive for those viewers who had no military experience. In history very few military commanders are as worthy and accomplished as Lt General Sir Brian Horrocks. The author has done a fine job of painting a faithful picture of the life and careers, including post war careers, of a thoroughly nice man who led by involving those under him in the objectives set them, encouraging and leading them to achievement.