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A valuable Corrective.,
This review is from: Monty's Men: The British Army and the Liberation of Europe (Hardcover)
American historians and some British ones have long peddled a view which denigrates Monty as a General and indeed denigrates the entire performance of the British Army in the European campaign of 1944-45.Popular culture has also picked this up .In "Saving Private Ryan",the character played by Ted Danson says of Montgomery "If you ask me that guys over-rated."
This book provdes a valuable corrective to this view.The style is a little dry and academic but after about 100 pages it begins to grip you.Buckley de-constructs the myth of the British armys failure.You can also see that although Monty was not the great captain of history ,that in his vanity after the war he claimed to be, he was ,along with Slim(a nicer and more modest man) the best British general of the war and better than many of the Americanns ,including Ike, Bradley and Patton.
This book at last does justice to both Monty and his veterans!