1st ed., 1994. Xxvii + 381 pp., 34 photo-plates + 5 maps + e.p., maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. General Montgomery led the Eighth Army to victory at El Alamein in 1942. Chief of Land Forces in the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944, he received Germany’s surrender in 1945. Concentrating on the momentous events of Operation Overlord from June 1944, this book follows Monty’s leadership of the Allied offensive to Luneburg Heath the following May and provides a provocative reinterpretation of the final phase of war in Europe. Montgomery is a figure renowned for his military professionalism and this biography, in association with his son and containing much hitherto unpublished material, also looks at the more personal aspects of his life. It considers his style of command and the influence of his character on the course of battle and details the tactics and politics (not least in Monty’s controversial dealings with General Eisenhower) of the period.