Churchill and Monty

A bit OTT from the actors, the uniform is wrong but never mind – the general idea was right with Monty in most cases, Patton supporters would beg to disagree.

3 comments for “Churchill and Monty

  1. dearieme
    June 2, 2020 at 16:57

    Ike wouldn’t trust Patton for the Normandy invasion. The reason was presumably that Ike thought him a bit of a charlatan, and preferred steadier characters for planning and executing the riskiest bit of the operation i.e. getting on and off the beaches.

    After steadier men had managed the hard slog he did lead a fine cavalry charge across France. But it was largely unopposed. When he came up against opposition near the German border there was no sign that he was unusually gifted.

    There might also have been the consideration that Patton would have chafed under the Commander in Chief of Ground Forces.

    Was Patton quite sane? Come to that, was MacArthur sane? He certainly seemed to sacrifice an awful lot of American lives to feed his vanity.

    My father’s experience in The War was that the intelligent and competent officers he dealt with were almost all from the territorials or from civvie-street. The full time professionals were pretty unimpressive. I believe that phenomenon is commonly seen in peace-time armies.

  2. Mudplugger
    June 2, 2020 at 20:45

    My father was one of Montgomery’s Eighth Army ‘Desert Rats’, first helping him to oust Rommel from North Africa, then invading Sicily & Italy, then across to Normandy with D-Day and all the way through to Germany.

    Before Montgomery, it was all chaos, confusion and incompetence – Montgomery would never set out on any venture until he had all the ducks lined up. That simple management tactic bred unshakable confidence throughout the ranks: my father would have followed Monty to Hell and back, and he often did. The fact that my father came back is in no uncertain measure down to Montgomery, which is the only reason I am now here to commend him.

    • June 2, 2020 at 21:37

      Ditto with my father. I saw the albums of sepiatoned photos with the curious handwritten captions. One was of a sign warning of Germans ahead.

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