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Rosenthal, Eric


his life and his battles

Published: Afrikaanse Pers, Johannesburg, 1943

Edition: First edition

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210 pages, [13] pages of plates: illustrations, portraits (1 as frontispiece). Paper covered boards with portrait laid down on upper board. New endpapers. Some staining to preliminary pages. Signed & dated inscription from Rosenthal to Mrs Dan Pienaar thanking her for her help in compiling the book on original endpaper.   

Major General Pienaar was arguably one of South Africa's most charismatic and popular military commanders. He refused to commit his men to battle unless he was certain that they could obtain their objective without excessive losses. From 1940 to 1941, during the East African Campaign, Pienaar commanded the 1st South African Infantry Brigade. He fought in the battles of El Wak, The Juba, Combolcia, and Amba Alagi. From 1941 to 1942, during the North Africa Campaign, Pienaar fought in the battles of Sidi Rezegh and Gazala. At Gazala, he was promoted to command the 1st South African Division, which he led in the Battle of Gazala, the retreat to Egypt, the defence of El Alamein, and the final battle of El Alamein. He was twice awarded the DSO and also mentioned twice in dispatches for his service in North Africa. Tragically, he was killed in an air crash in Kenya in 1942, on his way back to South Africa.

  • Jacket Condition: Very good
  • Binding Condition: Very good
  • Overall Condition: Very good
  • Size: 18,5 x 12,5 cm
  • Name: Select Books
  • Contact Person: David McLennan
  • Country: South Africa
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