Monty's Men: The British Army and the Liberation of Europe

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Yale University Press, Nov 26, 2013 - History - 384 pages
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Historian John Buckley offers a radical reappraisal of Great Britainís fighting forces during World War Two, challenging the common belief that the British Army was no match for the forces of Hitlerís Germany. Following Britainís military commanders and troops across the battlefields of Europe, from D-Day to VE-Day, from the Normandy beaches to Arnhem and the Rhine, and, ultimately, to the Baltic, Buckleyís provocative history demonstrates that the British Army was more than a match for the vaunted Nazi war machine.†This fascinating revisionist study of the campaign to liberate Northern Europe in the warís final years features a large cast of colorful unknowns and grand historical personages alike, including Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery and the prime minister, Sir Winston Churchill. By integrating detailed military history with personal accounts, it evokes the vivid reality of men at war while putting long-held misconceptions finally to rest.
  

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An attempt to rescue the British Army's sorry reputation in world war 2. Some of it is persuasive, but not persuasive enough to completely overturn that perception. Still, a good read that will be ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction The Test of Time
1
Preparation The Road to DDay
19
Bridgehead The First Step to Liberation
47
Caen The Cauldron
72
Stalemate? Frustration in Normandy
113
Breakout Victory in Normandy
146
Pursuit The Race to the Frontier
184
Arnhem Conceptual Failure
208
Notes
304
Bibliography
338
Index vi
353
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47
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72
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Winter Frustration and Anxiety
232
Victory The Rhine to the Baltic
265
Retrospective
296

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About the author (2013)

John Buckley is professor of military history at the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom and the author and editor of six books on the military history of the Second World War.

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