Title: Forgotten Victor: General Sir Richard O'Connor, KT, GCB, DSO, MC. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Brassey's Inc,, London, &c : , 1989, ISBN:0080362699
Seller ID: 115490
BAYNES, John . The Forgotten Victor: General Sir Richard O'Connor, KT, GCB,DSO, MC. London, &c : Brassey's Inc, (1999). First Edition. Pp (4),v-xiv,1 -320,(2), frontispiece + 32 pp plates. Maps. 8vo, maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Lt-Col Sir John Christopher Malcolm Baynes, Bt (b. April 24 1928, Bath - d. January 22, 2005). "The Forgotten Victor is the story of a man whose unflinching courage, strong integrity, selfless devotion to duty, and profound dedication to his country placed him amongst the top ranking British generals of the Second World War. Victor of the great battles in theWestern Desert in 1940-41, in which his Western Desert Force utterly destr oyed the Italian 10th Army, many times its size, O'Connor suffered the cruel fate of being captured by a chance German patrol only two months later. Struggling with the humiliation of captivity, he finally succeeded in his effort to escape during the winter of 1943. Much of the story is reproduced here in his own words. Hardly had he returned to England than he found himself commanding VIII Corps and charged with its preparation for the invasion of Europe- just months later. Stories of the great battles of Normandy - Epsom, Goodwood, Bluecoat - are relived in accurate detail. During the bitterwinter of 1944, O'Connor led his forces with great skill and determination against the Germans and helped to secure the Allied advance towards the Rh ine. A clash with Montgomery, then his Commander-in-Chief, over the latter's treatment of an American general, caused O'Connor to request to be relieved of his command. There followed a highly successful period in India as anArmy Commander under Auchinleck. The war over, O'Connor became Adjutant Ge neral to the Forces. Once more in harness with Montgomery, another unpleasant clash occurred, leading to his retirement in circumstances which his ownletters show to have been little short of deplorable. Yet, he continued to dedicate his life to the service of his country, and was later recognised for his efforts by the Queen through his appointment as a Knight of the Thistle." (from the dj). Contents : 1. Childhood and Schools. 2. From Sandhursto the Regiment. 3. The First World War. 4. The Post-war Years-1919 to 193 5. 5. Commander, Peshawar Brigade, North-West Frontier, India. 6. Commander, 7th Division and Military Governor of Jerusalem. 7. Arrival in the Desertand First Actions Against the Italians. 8. Planning the Five Day Raid. 9. An Outline of Operation COMPASS. 10. General O'Connor's Conduct of the Campaign. 11. The End of the Campaign. 12. Capture. 13. The First Escape Attempts. 14. Escape after the Italian Armistice. 15. The Effects of Capture and the Years as a Prisoner of War. 16. Command of VIII Corps in Normandy. 17. Normandy to the River Maas. 18. Commands in India. 19. Adjutant General to the Forces. 20. The Last Years-1947 to 1981. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 20.00