Montgomery, Field-Marshal The Viscount Of Alamein.


N.d., (1st ed., Thus, 1946). Xiii + 226 pp., cold., frontis., map + 46 cold., maps in front & rear pockets + 3 diagrams (mainly all fldg.) D.j., 22 x 14cm. Damp marks to cloth covers concealed by d.j.; small crack to top of front hinge; small chips to d.j., o/w V.G. Originally published for Private Circulation in the British Army of the Rhine, this book was an attempt to present a factual account of the part played by 21 Army Group in the conquest of Germany during the campaign in North-West Europe from June 1944 to May 1945, whilst events were still fresh in the author's authoritative mind. The subject matter is based on Montgomery’s personal papers as he relates dispassionately and impartially the changing circumstances of the campaign, and describes the factors affecting the major plans and decisions which directed it. The book contains the full authoritative account of the operations from the time when Field-Marshal Montgomery was first appointed to command 21 Army Group, through the development of the plan for the invasion of France, the design for the battle of Normandy, which has often been misunderstood, the vital deliberations concerning the development of Allied Strategy north of the River Seine, the Battle of Arnhem which is shown in its relation to the development of the campaign, through to the crossing of the Rhine and the advance to the Baltic, and the story concludes with the completion of the task of our armies when the German commanders surrendered on Luneberg Heath. The result is a valuable record of events, superbly written and supported by a total of three diagrams and forty-seven maps, many of which are partly coloured and folding. {The companion volume to this book is available below and covers Montgomery's earlier time in the war when he commanded the Eighth Army in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Together these two volumes provide the complete story of Montgomery's victorious campaigns and give every detail of his masterly strategy.

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