Monty’s Men

By John Buckley

Montgomery. Total tyrant, or tied-in to a cunning plan? Buckley takes off our rose-tinted glasses. He’s blunt about our military weaknesses – Operation GOODWOOD is a ‘humiliating failure’; MARKET GARDEN, ‘badly botched’ – but he also stresses the strengths of Monty’s Men as they plan, engineer, and organise their actions. Reappraising the record, Buckley challenges the belief we were led by an unimaginative and plodding force. From D-Day to VE Day, he offers convincing arguments about the fulsome merits of Britain’s doctrine, strategy, and the men who made it.

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