1100 Miles with Monty: Security and Intelligence at Tac HQ

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From 1943 to 1946, Norman Kirby was in charge of intelligence and security at General Montgomery's Tactical HQ, 21st Army Group. It was a charge which carried with it the burden of Monty's personal safety and placed Sergeant Kirby in a privileged position at many key events of the war. As a linguist, Kirby acted as Monty's interpreter and link with the local people, and his work brought him into contact with a wide spectrum of the population as the Allied advance pushed on from the beaches of Normandy through ...
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From 1943 to 1946, Norman Kirby was in charge of intelligence and security at General Montgomery's Tactical HQ, 21st Army Group. It was a charge which carried with it the burden of Monty's personal safety and placed Sergeant Kirby in a privileged position at many key events of the war. As a linguist, Kirby acted as Monty's interpreter and link with the local people, and his work brought him into contact with a wide spectrum of the population as the Allied advance pushed on from the beaches of Normandy through Europe. Here are all the ingredients for a compelling adventure set in the last years of the Second World War. A world full of intrigue and the utmost danger, populated not only by the war-weary citizens of France, Belgium and Holland, but the sinister figures of spies and agents provocateurs and by shadowy members of the Resistance. Norman Kirby's acute powers of observation provide the reader with a previously unknown view of Europe immediately after the liberation. Norman Kirby had a unique job -- General Montgomery's head of security and intelligence. He was also his official interpreter which often presented difficulties as he dealt with allies and enemies alike. His was the task of telling an irate trio of Eisenhower, de Gaulle and Churchill they could not visit Monty's Tac HQ without proper security passes. His anecdotes are all captured here.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750934282
  • Publisher: History Press Limited, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Preface ix
1 Prologue 1
2 D-Day 8
3 Camping in Normandy 36
4 Impressions and Opinions in Normandy 49
5 Pigeons and Parachutes 63
6 Trauma at Falaise 67
7 Memories of Men of Letters 73
8 Welcome to Belgium 81
9 Hunger in Holland 94
10 Back in Belgium 106
11 On Leave 118
12 The German Collapse 121
13 Love From Russia 133
14 Tac in Danger 144
15 Surrender 149
16 Life in Post-war Germany 180
17 Non-Fraternisation 192
18 Tac HQ in Peacetime 198
19 Demobilisation 206
20 Epilogue 209
Index 224
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