Horne, Alistair. With Montgomery, David.


1st ed., 1994. Xxvii + 381 pp., 34 photo-plates, e.p., maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Nr.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. Montgomery is a figure renowned for his military professionalism and this new biography by the acclaimed historian in association with Monty's only son also looks at the more personal aspects of Monty's life. The authors consider his style of command and the influence of his character on the course of battle, presenting the human face of a man generally regarded as a rather Cromwellian military figure; they also discuss in detail the tactics and politics (not least in Monty's controversial dealings with General Eisenhower - of the period. This book contains much hitherto unpublished material provided by Monty's son to give a full picture of the historical leader, as well as a provocative reinterpretation of the final phase of the war in Europe.

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