The Memoirs of Field Marshal Montgomery Paperback – 30 Nov 2005
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Though it obviously needs to be treated as a primary source rather than history per se, this book is essential to comprehension of those events - especially as it reproduces many of the original memos, orders etc of the time. The picture that emerges is of a High Command crippled by political sensibilities; unable or unwilling to control headstrong generals; lacking strategic sense; and refusing to look beyond Germany's defeat to the problem posed by Russia. The cost in life and in the western powers' post-war position was immense.
In fact, though Montgomery says lots of warm and apparently genuine things about him, it's hard to escape the conclusion that Eisenhower (however good a politician) was a military incompetent.
The book also deals with the earlier war years, though not in great detail: several times Monty refers the reader to his previous publication on those campaigns, 'El Alamein to the River Sangro'. In fact the emphasis all round is on what happened in meetings and conferences rather than on the battlefield.
It is not an indulgent read; the style is as clipped and military as you would expect, though surprisingly engaging if you buy into the 'Monty' persona. Anyone who doesn't might find this as irritating as crumbs in bed. And it ends with his rather chilling vision of the future, and the need to allow ourselves to be annihilated, if necessary, to preserve our cherished British way of life.
I now have a much better understanding of him and indeed his genius-for that is what he was. Slandered by a heavily biased American view of WW2 in fact he was probably the best British/American senior commander who was very clear minded in his thinking and strategy and knew what needed to be done to defeat his german opponents. Most brilliantly he recognised the limitations of the forces at his disposal and adapted his tactics and strategy accordingly whilst working tirelessly to improve the morale and fighting quality of his forces. Appalled by the lack of engagement of the WW1 generals-he never once saw one as a junior infantry officer- and the very heavy casulties he was determined that his men-and the country-should know him and what he expected of them-which was to win and to go home with the lowest possible casulties. The only divisional commander to come back from Dunkirk with his men and their equipment he counselled against the Dieppe raid on the grounds that a previous cancellation had inevitably meant the loss of surprise. He commanded all allies forces on D-day and the breakout from Normandy-critically deliberately placing the British/Canadian forces opposed to the main bulk of the german armour which allowed the Americans (as he planned) to breakout to the west of them.Read more ›
He is remarkably honest about his interactions with other members of the military organisations that he worked for and alongside, especially Sir Winston Churchill and President Eisenhower.
I found it a very entertaining and informative book, especially towards the end when he looks at NATO and how the European countries interact with each other. It seems that things have changed little in the last fifty years.
The only downside was the price, i do feel that for a kindle edition it was quite expensive.
Born in Britain in 1887, Montgomery spent his early years in Tasmania, where his father, an Anglican priest, worked for a time. While Montgomery considered his father one of the prime influences in his life (along with his wife, Winston Churchill, and Dwight Eisenhower), he makes clear that there was no love lost between him and his mother, who showed him little care and affection as a child. Indeed, she would more often give him a hard time than not.
While Montgomery mainly speaks about his military career and the people who played key roles in said career, he speaks (albeit briefly) with deep love of his wife and son David.
All in all, an interesting memoir.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most historians believe Monty was a brilliant General - he agrees with them. Worth reading Patton's opinion.Published 12 months ago by 'T J Jackson'
Absolutely brilliant. A snap shot in time for any WW2 enthusiasts.Published 14 months ago by Adrian James Murdoch
Great price and honest description of the book. I am delighted !Published 15 months ago by Mark McDonald
Excellent book by a remarkable man and true hero of this country:-) One of the best military commanders the world has ever seenPublished 23 months ago by YorkshiremanDan
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