I'm reading a book written to dispel the superiority of "Blitzkreig" as theory of war. I am at the part of the book where the author is discussing the North Africa campaign. He is mostly complimentary of Montgomery but made the comments that before his appointment to command the 8th Army "his only achievements had been as a trainer, if one discounts incurring life-long enmity among his superiors and his peers. Quite possibly Bernard Montgomery was, in August 1942, the most disliked general officer in the British Army." Later he comments "By all accounts Montgomery was an exasperating fellow and in many respects a most unpleasant one: a supremely irritating subordinate, a treacherous friend, and ungrateful child, and a pyschologically abusive parent. The author then spends the next 10 pages or so complimenting Montgomery in his handling of the North Africa, while excoriating Rommel. If the negative comments on his prior experience and personality are accurate, what prompted Churchill to send Montgomery to North Africa after Gott was killed? Please, before you respond, this is not a question on his abilities, succeses or over-all "greatness," you can discuss that elsewhere. I simply want to know if anyone has any insight into why the Prime Minister made the choice he made?