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1100 Miles with Monty: Security and Intelligence at Tac HQ
     

1100 Miles with Monty: Security and Intelligence at Tac HQ

by Norman Kirby
 
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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750934282
Publisher:
History Press Limited, The
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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