The Men Behind Monty

Richard Mead

Date Published :
August 2015
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 pages black and white plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473827165
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The Men Behind Monty examines the role played by the personal staff in the victorious campaigns of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery, Britain’s most successful field commander since the Duke of Wellington.

When Monty took command of Eighth Army in August 1942, he inherited the staff of his predecessor. He retained all the key members and most of them stayed with him not only from El Alamein to Tunis, but also in Sicily and Italy. When he took command of 21st Army Group in January 1944, many accompanied him to take up the most prominent positions on the HQ staff and the majority remained until the German surrender in May 1945.

This fascinating work focuses not only on the senior officers responsible for the various staff branches, and notably on Monty’s outstanding Chief of Staff, Freddie de Guingand, but also on his personal staff, the ADCs and personal liaison officers.

The book sheds light on the work of the staff generally, and on their direct contribution to Monty’s decisions, his sometimes difficult and controversial relationships with his superiors and allies.

About The Author

Richard Mead was educated at Marlborough College and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He has written 'General ‘Boy’: The Life of Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Browning' and 'The Last Great Cavalryman: The Life of General Sir Richard McCreery', 'Commander Eighty Army', 'The Men Behind Monty' and 'Commando General – The Life of Sir Robert Laycock', all in print with Pen and Sword Military.

Richard and his wife live in Gloucestershire and he has two grown-up sons.

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