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Monty: Master of the Battlefield, 1942-44 v. 2: Life of Montgomery of Alamein [Hardcover]

Nigel Hamilton
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24 Oct 1983
Based on Nigel Hamilton's definitive 3-volume life of General Montgomery, this account of the most professional Allied Field Commander in World War II evokes and commemorates Monty's contribution to the subjugation of Nazi Germany. With access to the Field Marshal's private papers, including his letters, diaries and military records, Nigel Hamilton has delved into the heart and soul of the man who, though vain and difficult, was driven by a determination to spare men's lives by insisting on proper planning and rehearsal.
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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd; First Edition edition (24 Oct 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241111048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241111048
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17 x 6.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Eminent historian, biographer and author Nigel Hamilton has produced a series of three books which trace Montgomery's entire life. They are; Monty - The Making of a General (1887-1942), Monty - Master of the Battlefield (1942-1944) and Monty - The Field Marshall (1944-1976). Confusingly, my original review for the first of these titles, however, also appeared against others! That review is now revised to include all three books and I hope the reader finds this useful.

No detail has been spared in providing as complete a picture as possible of this great man - with each volume being in the order of 400-500,000 words and standing pre-eminent because of previously unpublished supporting photographs and other material. With access to his private letters, diaries and other papers, in "The Making of a General" he takes the reader from the birth of Montgomery in 1887 to his promotion to Lt General and command the Eighth Army in 1942. This is a fine account of the years in question. Pictures of Montgomery as a child, boy, young officer, family man, and in every rank up to Lt General are an important part of the history of this man. As an example, of the many thousands of officers and soldiers present, how ironic that a "Lt Colonel" Montgomery should be photographed standing in front of Winston Churchill during a Victory Parade in 1918. Elsewhere, the numerous other historic photographs include a young Major A. E. Percival (who as Lt General Percival surrendered Singapore to inferior Japanese forces in 1942!) to name but one.

In "Master of the Battlefield," the depth of research and revelation continues as Hamilton provides a truly extraordinary analysis of Montgomery's time at the forefront of WW2 in Europe and the Mediterranean.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of facts but very dry and stale 8 Jun 2005
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This book is super if you are looking for a COMPLETE and incredibly detailed account of Montgomery. There is masses of dry facts- but very little else. If pure facts are what you are looking for- buy it. If not, steer clear
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monty, return to honour 3 Oct 2005
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A great book that show all sides of Monty's command. The book gives a view of Monty by the people around him through interviews and stories. If you want a view of Monty's fighting style and his contribution to the campaigns in N.Africa Italy and Normandy, this is the book. The combination of Monty's own writings and stories and letters from his comrades give a balanced and at times humorous view. Hamilton has made a good book that can be read by anyone interested in Britains champion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the military historian 27 Aug 2010
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An indepth account of not just Montgomery but all the key personalities that shaped the course of the allies return from defeat to victories. A Gripping, factual and intelligent read and a departure in style from the first book, 'The full Monty',of the trilogy. The book generally describes the bigger picture behind the battles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest possible appraisal of a great soldier. 2 Aug 2007
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Eminent historian, biographer and author Nigel Hamilton has produced a series of three books which trace Montgomery's entire life. They are; Monty - The Making of a General (1887-1942), Monty - Master of the Battlefield (1942-1944) and Monty - The Field Marshal (1944-1976). Confusingly, some of my reviews for these titles have also appeared against the wrong book! I have, therefore, revised my review to include all three books and I hope the reader finds this useful.

No detail has been spared in providing as complete a picture as possible of this great man - with each volume being in the order of 400-500,000 words and standing pre-eminent because of previously unpublished supporting photographs and other material. With access to his private letters, diaries and other papers, in "The Making of a General" he takes the reader from the birth of Montgomery in 1887 to his promotion to Lt General and command the Eighth Army in 1942. This is a fine account of the years in question. Pictures of Montgomery as a child, boy, young officer, family man, and in every rank up to Lt General are an important part of the history of this man. As an example, of the many thousands of officers and soldiers present, how ironic that a "Lt Colonel" Montgomery should be photographed standing in front of Winston Churchill during a Victory Parade in 1918. Elsewhere, the numerous other historic photographs include a young Major A. E. Percival (who as Lt General Percival surrendered Singapore to inferior Japanese forces in 1942!) to name but one.

In "Master of the Battlefield," the depth of research and revelation continues as Hamilton provides a truly extraordinary analysis of Montgomery's time at the forefront of WW2 in Europe and the Mediterranean. From his time as Army Commander in charge of some 180,000 soldiers through to his responsibility for the planning of D-Day - which time he commanded over 2 million Allied Troops. As Hamilton freely admits; this story reveals "the true torment, frustration, misunderstanding and dissatisfactions that are the hand-maidens of those who make history." For me, the work is also an exceedingly fine account of what was easily Montgomery's most difficult, yet worthwhile, years on earth.

In the third and final part of the trilogy (Monty - the Field Marshal) we have the difficult years of Montgomery having to live with his achievements - from the closing stages of WW2 right up to his death in 1976. Montgomery was promoted Field Marshal on 1 September 1944 - in time to take command of the liberation of Europe. Nothing is overlooked in this exposé which provides an understanding of why there were the bitter disagreements with other senior Allied commanders. His time as Military Governor of post-war Germany, his appointment as Chief of the Imperial General Staff (Head of the British Army), his attempts to provide the British Labour government obsessed with retreat from the country's Imperialist past with a clear plan for the defence of the Realm, his battles with that government, his role as architect and founder of NATO and, above all, his continued propensity for antagonising both his Allies and his superiors.

Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery was finally transferred to the inactive list (British 5 star officers never retire!) in 1958 as he approached his 71st birthday. This milestone, however, heralds yet another chapter in the life of a busy man which, in this work, was revealed for the very first time.

Hindsight is, of course, a fine science, and there are many interesting events which the historian (and even the amateur psychologist!) might now regard as the reason why Montgomery became what he became and did what he did. There was his strict upbringing as the son of a Reverend (later Bishop) both at home and abroad, public school, formative years in an army of Empire and the events of World War 1 which almost claimed his life. In 1936 there was the tragic death of his wife. In this series of three books, Hamilton reveals the very best that Montgomery ever was whilst also providing the reader with an understanding of his difficult side. Commendably, he has not allowed his personal friendship for his much older subject to blur his objectivity and thus provides a full and fine account of a great man. In so doing, these 3 books have become an important contribution to both British history and the history of the Second World War. More importantly for some, they are also an excellent read.

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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monty - Master of the Battlefield and the back room 26 Jan 2004
By Laurence Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
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This book makes such a strong case for Monty's military genius one might suspect partisanship (and the author acknowledges a warm personal friendship with him), yet it also seems unflinching in its depiction of his flaws (abrasiveness, egotism, and great coldness in dealing with certain family members). Its depiction of some of the brightest stars in the American military pantheon (at least those that Monty had to deal with) is extremely unflattering. Eisenhower in particular is depicted as completely removed from the realities of command in the field, and whose meddling interference in Monty's D-Day masterplan could well have cost the allies the war. The book is quick to concede Eisenhower's talents as an administrator and as a tactful coalition maintainer, but argues that he had little grasp of the battlefield, and that little grasp proved to be a dangerous thing. Patton and Bradley fare somewhat better.
I was very skeptical when I approached this book, since it challenged every preconception I ever had of Monty, that of the overcautious, slow, egocentric pedant who only cramped the styles of the Pattons of this world. This book changed my views. While in no way glossing over the Montgomery ego, time and again it cited examples of Montgomery putting the objective first, of repeatedly assuming the role of play-maker for Bradley and Patton in Normandy and Sicily, because that was what made the most military sense at the time.
Somehow, Hamilton succeeds in reconciling his depiction of the abrasive, egotistical, pompous, Montgomery with the military visionary who never lost sight of the ultimate end nor of the sacrifices that had to be made to attain it. The picture is of someone with all the elan of Patton yet a far greater feel for the individual soldier. Initially I was very uncomfortable with his depiction, yet at the end of the day one has to admit, Monty was at the helm when the allied armies won two of their most spectacular victories in the west, El Alamein and Normandy. What's more, the adversary Monty defeated there, Rommel, was by no means the 3rd Reich's "B-team". Hamilton argues those victories were the result of careful planning combined with a keen grasp of battlefield realities.
The book is well-argued. The author has clearly paid close attention to his source materials, noting that one military aide to Eisenhower even falsified a key diary entry that casts Montgomery in a somewhat more negative light. That pretty well destroyed the credibility of that aide for me, whose diary is relied upon unquestioningly by many other noted historians of the war.
The book is lively and well-written, with an occasional touch of humour to enliven what is a massive torrent of military information. It begins in the aftermath of El Alamein (November 5, 1942) and runs to the autumn of 1944, including the rest of the African campaign, the invasion of Sicily and Italy proper, and the Normandy campaign.
The book also conveys a keen appreciation of the personalities involved in the Allied Supreme Command. The intrigues carried on there, particularly by the Supreme Air Commander, another bigwig with little grasp of the situation on the ground, were another serious threat to Monty's plans, the plans which ultimately won the battle of Normandy. It demonstrates that mastering the battlefield was small cheese for Monty compared to the challenge of persevering in the face of all the scheming back room boys who wanted to bring him down, and nearly succeeded.
At the end of the book one is left wondering, how did we ever win?
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