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setting the record straight
on 12 January 2010
I totally agree with all the other reviews that this is a great book, whether or not you agree with what is written about the English contribution to the campaign.
A couple of years ago I had the honour and pleasure of meeting "Babe" Heffron at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg where General Patton is buried. He was over with a tour group from the US, following the route of the Band of Brothers across Europe (and doing pretty well considering his age!).We had quite a chat, as I am an accredited Luxembourg tour guide who also gets to show a lot of groups the cemetery and have reasonable knowledge of the Battle of the Bulge.When he realised I was English he said that he and the other guys were very pleased to have had the "Brits" alongside,they were great soldiers, but if there was one "Brit" they would have loved to put up against a wall and shoot it was that "b.....d Monty!
We all know that mistakes (some disastrous) were made by senior officers, Monty and Patton to name just two (and they, to put it as mildly as possible, hated each others guts, but generally the soldiers lower down the chain of command had respect and a feeling of comradeship for the other nationalities fighting alongside, even if sometimes, especially when things went wrong, they vented their feelings with a few good cusses.
Going to start reading the book again as soon as I post this review.