By Tim Moreman
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Field Marshal Bernard legislation Montgomery is the best-known and so much debatable British basic of global struggle II, who maintains to impress powerful critiques this present day. identified for his not easy criteria and prickly character, he however possessed a present for struggle, best 8th military to victory over Rommel in North Africa and masterminding Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy. Montgomery's vanity and absence of social grace, although, have been his maximum weaknesses, and he could often try the endurance of different senior Allied officials. right here, Tim Moreman examines the lifestyles and profession of this terrific yet deeply fallacious guy, supplying insights into the brain of 1 of worldwide struggle II's so much enigmatic and compelling personalities.
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Extra info for Bernard Montgomery: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History
With dogged persistence Montgomery returned again and again to the attack, and the argument dragged on until well past the Battle of the Bulge, demonstrating Montgomery's political naivete and failure to accept that political considerations outweighed military ones. It had a serious effect on personal relations between key Allied commanders and on inter-Allied relations in general, with Monty failing to accept that his idea was dead both politically and militarily. He failed to understand the key facts: the political impossibility of placing a British general in charge of numerically preponderant US troops, the increasing reticence of senior US officers to serve under British command and the inherent dangers of mounting a single offensive into Germany.
A series of large- and small-scale realistic exercises were also held across the UK, practising combined-arms training, amphibious landings and other operations of war. Normandy landings on D-Day, 6 June 1944 The Normandy campaign The D-Day landings on 6 June 1944 - arguably the greatest set-piece battle of Montgomery's career - proved resoundingly successful, with large numbers of Allied troops ashore by the end of the day. It was not, however, without its setbacks. The heavy casualties suffered by US troops at Omaha Beach initially gave serious cause for concern, while later that day Anglo-Canadian troops failed to secure the full planned extent of the bridgehead and fierce counter-attacks by 21.
A brilliant 2,250km-long fighting withdrawal was conducted by Rommel along the Mediterranean coast into Tunisia early in 1943, closely pursued by Eighth Army, despite his continued poor health. Y v V * -1 The over-extended US and French forces in Tunisia provided Rommel with an opportunity to demonstrate his tactical virtuosity while the Eighth Army slowly closed up to the Mareth Line. On 20 February Rommel inflicted a sharp rebuff on US forces at the Kasserine Pass, although this ultimately proved little more than a local success before he returned with his troops to Montgomery congratulates some of the men who successfully outflanked the Mareth Line in Tunisia.