Before I go on I know that this thread is about Montgomery and that this is lightly off-topic but it addresses a wider issue which is touched upon in this thread. Owen made a comment earlier about Market Garden threads descending into a blame game. With most general discussion about Operation Market Garden, just like discussions about the closing of the Falaise Gap, they descend into inter-Allied squabbling about "who didnt do what",. And its a pity because there are lads on this board who do sterling work researching and discussing elements of Operation Market Garden. It must drive them absolutely bonkers to see threads with good posts getting lost amongst the accusations that the British "Stopped for Tea" or the Americans "couldnt take Nijmegen quick enough". Or whatever! Certainly I felt the same when Threads on the Eastern Front used to descend into stereotypical rants about how the determined, steely eyed Landsers fighitng bravely to stop the Red Army hordes from overrunning the West. It was almost as if these people wanted the Wehrmacht to win. Because their uniforms looked nice and the tanks seemed sexy. The Eastern Front area is quieter now and you dont seem to get as much of that anymore. But yet bring up Falaise or Market Garden and suddenly the "Allies" start picking on each other!! Its like mentioning the "M" and "P" words that are guaranteed to bring froth to the mouths of otherwise rational members of History Boards, "M" being Montgomery and "P" being Patton. Americans and British can both hold their heads high with the contributions their country made to the defeat of the Axis Forces. Most of us are regular posters here, we know that Hollywood provides a skewed portait of history. We also know that decisions were made by one Allied Army which impinged upon the other and not always for the best. we also know that there were inidividual leaders who had failings and some who were biased about their own and their nations contributions towards final victory. But the one thing I find most telling of all, no Allied Army got it right all the time. So please remember that when criticising the other guys in the Alliance.