Montgomery: D-Day Commander

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 143 pages
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This fascinating study of military leadership follows British general Bernard Law Montgomery's military career from his cadet days and service in World War I to his great victories of World War II, including his defeat of the great German panzer commander, Erwin Rommel, at Alamein.

Nigel Hamilton presents a brilliant, arrogant Montgomery, who refused to bow to authority and skated on the edge of dismissal like his American counterpart, George S. Patton. Though very different in their command styles, Montgomery and Patton became the two most successful Allied field generals in World War II. From North Africa through the invasion of Sicily, they routed the Germans in battle, with Patton as a thrusting cavalryman and Montgomery as an infantry commander devoted to applying massive force at a vital point. The author contends that Montgomery's planning and leadership transformed Operation Overlord from a Second Front project doomed to fail into a successful Allied invasion plan.

Allied operations after Normandy foundered in bitter arguments and failure, for Montgomery at Arnhem and Patton at Metz. Had Montgomery and Patton been ordered to fight in the same direction after Normandy, argues Professor Hamilton, the Allies might have ended the war in Europe in 1944. As it was, Montgomery and Patton had to save the Allies from sensational defeat in the Battle of the Bulge in what was to be their last battle together. The war ended for Monty on May 4, 1945, when he accepted the surrender of all German forces in the north.
 

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A Potomac book has done it again with “Montgomery” by Nigel Hamilton, a seemingly Lilliputian but superb military history for the dramatic and dynamic Bernard Montgomery. Before reading this extended ... Read full review

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When at the local bookshop I noticed a group of four Potomac Military Profile books I grabbed them rather quickly. The first I've read is this one on Montgomery by Nigel Hamilton. While a little too ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
Chronology
1Soldier of a Waning Empire
2Dunkirk
3Alamein
4Monty and Patton
5Overlord
6DDay
7The Bridge Too Far
8The Battle of the Bulge
9Postwar
Notes
Bibliographic Note
Index
About the Author
Copyright

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Nigel Hamilton is a bestselling and award-winning biographer of President John F. Kennedy, General Bernard "Monty" Montgomery, and President Bill Clinton, among other subjects. He is a Senior Fellow in the McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts-Boston, and first president of the Biographers International Organization (BIO).

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