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On War and Leadership by Owen Connelly

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XI

Bernard Law Montgomery

(1887–1976)

FIELD MARSHAL Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (“Monty”) was one of the more famous—some would say successful—army and army group commanders of World War II, and a favorite of British troops. His campaign against Rommel in North Africa was a sensation in its time, even to those aware of his advantages in men, tanks, airpower, supplies, and intelligence (details below). His performance in Italy cannot be faulted. In Europe, he was considered too cautious by many American generals,1 and his record was sullied by his “Bridge Too Far” maneuver (September 1944), which ended with eighty percent of the British airborne force killed or captured. He outraged Americans by seeming to take untoward credit for the victory ...

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