Glyn Harper is Professor of War Studies at Massey University in New Zealand, and Massey Project Manager of the New Zealand and the First World War Centenary History Project. He is author of many books, including Johnny Enzed, Images of War, Acts of Valour (with Colin Richardson) and Letters from the Battlefield.
'Time was, every New Zealander had heard of the Battle of El Alamein. Roads and some people were named after it, and the battle was boosted as the first major Allied victory of World War II. Then a reaction set in. New Zealand became less military-minded, the battle was forgotten and there was even a smug book written arguing that New Zealand should never have been involved in the war in the first place. Subtitled El Alamein and the Turning Point for World War II , The Battle for North Africa is a great antidote to such historical amnesia ... As a military historian, Professor Glyn Harper is non-partisan. He analyses the battle, move by move, like a great game of chess. He awards praise or blame, as it is deserved, to both Axis and Allied forces ... Harper is excellent at destroying long-held myths.' - Nicholas Reid, NZ Listener; 'The author has delved deeply to deliver up impressively detailed analysis of this decisive battle's ebb and flow' - Clark Isaacs, Otago Daily Times; 'With this book Glyn Harper has elevated the battle piece to a high level indeed. Every student of World War II should read it.' - Ralph M. Hitchens, The Journal of Military History