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Montgomery's life was full of hard tragedies and harder achievements Tom Carver knew that coping with it made him who he was.
on 22 January 2016
Chock full of tales and it was a good read some people thought that being Montgomery's stepson was like drawing a short straw but Tom Carver had a lot of love and respect for his stepdad and it showed . Montgomery's reputation was systematically destroyed by the Americans who never gave a sucker and even chance and to add a little vitriol to the mix the Yanks also nursed the biggest inferiority complex since the time of Brutus and Julius Caesar. Montgomery's private life was full of tragedies and achievements coping with it made him who he was.
Tom Carver had it hard sometimes he got captured in the Western Desert and then he endured the variable attentions of the Italians in prisoncamps in Italy to eventually escape and then spend a frustrating and paralous interlude unable to break through the German Lines to freedom along the way Tom Carver and his friend met a poor Italian peasant Family who adopted them and and thanks to this poor Italian family they survived and eventually reached the Allied Lines Tom Carver went to see his stepfather and typically Montgomery burst out "Where the Hell have You Been" just like my dad did when I got lost on the beach at bridlington in the fifties. The book then goes to the time after the Second World Ware when Tom Carver took his wife and sons to italy to try to find the family which had saved his life for him - the story goes on and they meet eventually... read the rest to findout.
He was made out of steel he was a tough guy case hardened by his terrible upbringing as a child by his prison chaplain father and ramrod strict Mother serving up Jesus Christ knows what in a prison in Hobart Australia Then he was literally shot peened by serving in the trenches during The First World War just a few years after the War he had married a widow with two boys he lost his wife suddenly and tragically to an insect bite in bournemouth and then Montgomery had a ready made family to support alone.. Bernard Law Montgomery then determined to spend the rest of his life as a professional soldier but he cared about his stepsons and he always did his best for them. This book tells us that he succeeded in both roles admirably Bernard Law Montgomery was cast into a role by the hard hand of a hard fate due to this few men could be as he was fate decreed that he was who he had been made to be and thanks to his professionalism we owe him so much.