By William Mortimer Moore
Casemate Publishing, $32.95, 384 pages
Books about the key players in World War II come out all the time. New biographies of Eisenhower, Hitler and de Gaulle hit the book shelves every month. It gets to be too much and often times they get lost in the crowd. It is refreshing to finally get a book about a major player from World War II that we know little about in the United States and that is General Philippe Leclerc. Mr. William Moore brings to life one of de Gaulle’s greatest generals, a man who served Free France and who spent many years away from his wife and children. Leclerc was a traditional soldier, willing to serve his country overseas and to see the job through no matter how long it took. He was also responsible for some of the early victories for Free France in colonial Africa, which helped de Gaulle maintain his optimism. As the war moved to Europe, Leclerc was one of the first into Paris.
Mr. Moore has done an excellent job with this book. It is highly entertaining and helps bring to light a part of World War II that many readers know little about – French Africa. Well worth the time.