From the prison camps of the Kaiser's Germany and Revolutionary Russia to the office of Black Rod at Westminster; from the periods of Montgomery's Desert War to a hectic life as a successful businessman and as a T.V. presenter and journalist loved by millions - throughout an astonishingly eventful career Sir Brian Horrocks was always 'the General who led from the front'. Philip Warner presents a warm - and often humorous - portrait of this modest, likeable man whose legendary drive and courage earned him the title of 'Britain's answer to Rommel'. Devastated by typhus after World War I he recovered to compete in the Paris Olympics of 1924. Horribly wounded in North Africa during 1943, by the following year he was pushing across Europe with 200,000 men under his command. Ordinary soldiers loved and respected this daring general whose authority was so clearly earned the hard way and Montgomery's admiration for 'Jorrocks' was one of his few points of agreement with other allied commanders like Patton and Eisenhower.