The Commanders: The Leadership Journeys of George Patton

Commanders by Lloyd Clark

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‘Utterly fascinating.’ – James Holland

‘First-class… The intense rivalry of Monty and Patton is one of the great stories of the war, and has never been told better.’ – Andrew Roberts

Born in the two decades prior to World War I, George Patton, Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel became among the most recognized and successful military leaders of the twentieth century. However, as acclaimed military historian Lloyd Clark reveals in his penetrating and insightful chronicle of their lives, they charted very different, often interrupted, paths to their ultimate leadership positions commanding hundreds of thousands of troops during World War II.

Each faced battle for the first time in World War I, a searing experience that greatly influenced their future approach to war and leadership. When war broke out again in 1939, Montgomery and Rommel were immediately engaged, while Patton chafed until the US joined the Allies in 1942 and the three men, by then generals, collided in North Africa in 1943, and then again, climactically, in France after D-Day in 1944.

Weaving letters, diary extracts, official reports and other documents into his original narrative, recounting dramatic battles as they developed on the ground and at headquarters, Clark also explores the controversies that swirled around Patton, Montgomery and Rommel throughout their careers, sometimes threatening to derail them. Ultimately, however, their unique abilities to bridge the space between leader and led cemented their legendary reputations.

A fascinating biography of Patton, Montgomery and Rommel which reveals how these three unique personalities rose to the highest ranks.

About the Author: Lloyd Clark is founder and Director of Research of the Centre for Army Leadership based at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and Professorial Research Fellow in War Studies, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham. He is the author of: Anzio: The Friction of War (2006), Arnhem: Jumping the Rhine1944 and 1945 (2008); Kursk: The Greatest Battle – The Eastern Front 1943 (2011); and Blitzkrieg: Myth, Reality, and Hitler’s Lightning War: France 1940 (2015). He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast media and is in demand as a lecturer on leadership and military history around the world. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and has three grown up children and four working dogs.

05 Oct 2023

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Paperback / softback


Second World War

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)



Publication Date

05 Oct 2023

The Commanders: The Leadership Journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel by Lloyd Clark ISBN 9780857897305

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