Neal Dando studied history at Plymouth University and gained his first degree in 2002. He worked in the Heritage industry before returning to postgraduate studies. His recently completed thesis has argued the importance of terrain in military studies and his main research has focussed on British operations during the Second World War, but he has always maintained a strong interest in many aspects of land warfare from the Black Powder period through to the modern era. Neal has contributed a chapter to the forthcoming work on changes in British methods of warfare by Ross Mahoney, Stuart Mitchell and Michael LoCicero (eds.) "A Military Transformed? Transformation and Innovation in the British Military, 1972-1945" (Solihull: Helion). He has been an Associate Lecturer at Plymouth University since 2010. His current research interests include further analysis of subsequent British operations in the Mediterranean theatre and comparative studies of the effectiveness of British Army Divisions in combat.
It is clearly written and informative. * The Armourer *
It is interesting to note that for me and many people like me, our only knowledge of the war in North Africa so far has come from films such as Tobruk. I have never taken the trouble to seek out books that might give a different viewpoint and it is quite by chance that this particular book, which sets a number of records straight, has come into my possession now. Neil Dando's book is comprehensive and authoritative. * Books Monthly *
'A worthy study that sees the desert campaign from a genuinely fresh perspective' * History of War Magazine *