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Six of Monty's Men (ePub)

WWII Military Biography D-Day & Normandy

By Adrian Stewart
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 1.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781783031153
Published: 18th May 2011

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Field Marshal Montgomery showed great skill in choosing his subordinates, whether as staff officers or field commanders. To those he trusted he gave help and guidance as well as a kindness and concern for which he has rarely received credit. In return, they provided services of immense value not only in his own campaigns but in many others throughout the Second World War, to which they brought the knowledge and experience that they had acquired under his leadership.

This account follows the careers of six of these subordinates. Harding, the far-sighted staff officer who could take command of a famous armoured division with equal ability. Leese, ranked by Montgomery as his finest Corps Commander, but for whom successes and disappointments would be strangely intermingled. De Guingand, the invaluable Chief of Staff whose devotion to duty ruined his health and brought him to verge of a nervous breakdown. Horrocks, who had hated the thought of serving under Montgomery but did so for almost the whole of the war. Richardson, the versatile planner whose varied duties included co-ordinating the operations of Army and Air Force, anticipating future events, and deceiving the enemy as to his own commander's intentions. Roberts, the brilliant and charismatic armoured division commander who became the youngest major general in the British Army.

The varied careers and consequent outlooks of these officers serve to throw new light on events that are famous, on incidents that are surprising, unusual or unappreciated, and in particular on the complicated and controversial character of the man whom they all acknowledged to be their leader and their inspiration.

Six of Monty's Men tells of commanders including Harding, Leese, de Guingand, Horrocks, Richardson and Roberts and the book describes and analyses their parts in the battles of northern Africa, Italy and Normandy.

"This book is about six men and their experiences of the great British general and what they can teach us about the man himself.
The six all have different points of view and perspectives on events.
What I've discovered about their careers and contributions to victory throws new light on events that are famous, on incidents that are surprising, unusual or unprecedented and, in particular, on the complicated and controversial character of the man whom they acknowledged to be their leader and inspiration."

Rugby Advertiser, Pete Horton 23/06/2011

An account of British generalship during WWII following the careers of six of Monty's subordinates, throwing new light on famous incidents and on the character Monty himself.

Militarytimes

Field Marshal Montgomery showed great skill in choosing his subordinates, whether as staff officers or field commanders. This books examines the careers of six of these subordinates: Harding, the far-sighted staff officer; Leese, ranked by Montgomery as his finest Corps Commander; de Guingand, the invaluable Chief of Staff; Horrocks, who had hated the thought of serving under Montgomery; and Richardson, the versatile planner.

Britain at War Magazine

This book takes an unusual approach to the Allied campaigns in North Africa, Italy and Normandy, examining them from the point of view of six of Field Marshal Montgomery's keys subordinates. The author's study of the wartime careers of Harding, Leese, de Guingand, Horrocks, Richardson and Roberts has been carefully constructed to also provide a coherent account of Montgomery's main campaigns, from the first days in North Africa to the final German surrender.

Steward has chosen a varied group of men. De Guingand was Montgomery's chief of staff, a very capable organiser and later an essential diplomat, smoothing relations between Montgomery and his American allies and commander. Richardson was a planner, responsible in part for the deception plans that helped the Allied cause. The remaining four officers commandeered divisions or corps, although Harding was also a capable staff officer.

This is an interesting approach to the subject, and if handled badly could have resulted in confusion or repetition. Happily Steward has avoided both of those pitfalls and has produced a coherent piece of work that provides an interesting view of Montgomery as a commander, and of the battles that he fought.

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