Bernard Law MONTGOMERY, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, DL

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Bernard Montgomery Memorial
    Whitehall,London
     

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  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Clive..

    The Boss…! both hated and loved….but he never lost a battle..no matter what his detractors ever said about him….yes at times he was slow - to save his men's lives...

    Cheers
     
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  3. bexley84

    bexley84 Well-Known Member

    No doubt, thousands had the same experience, but my Dad remembers seeing Monty, around 70 years ago to the very day..

    “The next day, I went to Bttn HQ and met RSM Billy Girvin outside. As we were talking, a large staff car drew up. The little general at the back responded to our salutes and called us over. It was Monty again and he handed over a large parcel. ‘Share these among the chaps,’ he said. Billy threw up a cracking salute as Monty drove off. We discovered that the parcel contained 5,000 Gallaher’s Blue Label cigarettes which would give the men in forward positions an extra day’s ration of seven cigarettes.

    I used to boast: ‘The last time I spoke to Monty, he gave me 5,000 cigarettes.’ Montgomery’s presence presaged an imminent fresh attack...
     
  4. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

    My Dad had a great respect of Montgomery as he served under him at Dunkirk. He had this to say on their return from Dunkirk.

    "At Semley in Somerset Montgomery came to address us in response to our reaction to his ban on leave. He explained that we might have to return to France, but he did give us a 72 hour pass. He stood on the back of a lorry."

    Cheers
    Paul
     
  5. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Some of the earlier pictures of Montgomery...

    FIELD MARSHAL THE VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN KG GCB DSO 1887-1976

    DESCRIPTION
    Object description
    Military Service 1914 - 1939: Captain Bernard Montgomery DSO with a fellow officer of 104 Infantry Brigade, 35 Division, with which he served from January 1915 until early 1917. He was awarded the DSO for conspicuous gallantry on 13 October 1914 during the Battle of the Aisne in which he was wounded.


    FIELD MARSHAL THE VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN KG GCB DSO 1887-1976

    DESCRIPTION
    Object description
    Military Service 1914 - 1939: Lieutenant-Colonel Montgomery, Commanding Officer of the 17th (Empire) Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, with his officers outside a Bierstube in Durren during the occupation of the Ruhr.
     
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  6. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    One wonders whether any of his fellow officers in that picture made it to high command.

    And how many survived the first war.
     

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