I Confess is an intimate portrayal of command in the crucible of war. Murray commanded the Australian 20th Brigade during the siege of Tobruk. This is a portrait of the relationship he forges with his men through the long days of the siege against a relentless enemy as tempers fray and exhaustion threatens.
The torturous siege of Tobruk has been captured in this compelling memoir from Major General John Murray, commander of the Australian 20th Brigade – the Rats of Tobruk. His humorous and deprecating story is not one of raging battles, but of the essence of command as he reflects on its stresses, tragedies and its lifelong rewards.
Murray was a good story teller and in I Confess, he captures the essence of what our ‘ancestors’ experienced at war. His memoir is a portrait of the relationship he forges with his men through the long days of the siege against a relentless enemy as supplies dwindle, tempers fray and exhaustion threatens.
Written in April 1945 as the war entered its final phase Murray captures his story, not as war history, but as tales of men, their hardships, their relationships and their adventures. Incorporating maps, photographs and speeches, I Confess, is a wonderful tribute to not only a courageous and determined officer but also to those men he led through two world wars.
What Readers are saying..” General Murray’s diary entries during the siege of Tobruk and his life after provide a clear, thoughtful and very enlightening account of those fateful and grueling times. I felt like something of an insider walking around with him as he made his rounds to the various camps and was struck by the bravery of the soldiers and the cunning of the leaders taking messages into the enemy camp at night. As a history book it is well worth reading. As an account of human endurance, friendship, bravery, commitment and loss it is a “good read.” We thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to you.”