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One of the best books on the campaign,
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This review is from: Decision in Normandy: The Real Story of Montgomery and the Allied Campaign (Paperback)
An excellent book on the Normandy Campaign. The old US vs Brits/Canadians argument will probably never go away - judging by the tone of some other comments here. D'Este's point is not so much against the performance of individual British or Canadian units - who as others rightly note - did have the majority of elite SS and Panzer divisions ranged against them - but more Montgomery's handling of his part of the battle at the time - and his subsequent re-writing of history afterwards.
For all its undoubted bravery and dogged determination, the Anglo-Canadian 21st Army group was not as good in the exploitation phase of the battle as the US armies. This is not being anti-British or revisionist, but merely a recognition that for all their faults - US commanders were able to better integrate and utilise their troops and resources.
Montgomery would have been better served by being more honest in the run-up to D-Day - promising to take Caen so soon was hopelessly optimistic - and should have been more honest in his dealings with Ike and Brad during the campaign. But I also agree that he was acutely aware that he had the only British army there was - and it was going to get smaller - as Britain was running short of avaialble manpower - something US commanders did not have to worry about.