Now I'm very much pro-Monty, but to suggest he didn't have one of the most substantial egos of the entire war, and afterwards, is avoiding a simple fact. Read any of his own books for a solid overview of just how ego-centric the great man was. As a certain WS Churchill (no mean ego himself) said of Montgomery: "in defeat indomitable; in victory unbearable." I believe (far from controversially), it's this substantial ego that contributed more to Monty's 'mixed' reputation than any military factor. As for Patton's ego; more so... but in a similar mould. Cheers, Adam.