Eisenhower Versus Montgomery

Overview

This book examines the postwar memoir fight over the broad front versus the single thrust strategy, the Allied advance on the Rhine, and the British call for a ground-forces commander other than General Eisenhower. It traces the argument in the postwar memoirs from 1946 through 1968 as well as the official histories of the United States, Britain, and Canada to see what the documents really said. What were men willing to say, what did they feel that they had to cover up? Field Marshal Montgomery was deeply ...

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Overview

This book examines the postwar memoir fight over the broad front versus the single thrust strategy, the Allied advance on the Rhine, and the British call for a ground-forces commander other than General Eisenhower. It traces the argument in the postwar memoirs from 1946 through 1968 as well as the official histories of the United States, Britain, and Canada to see what the documents really said. What were men willing to say, what did they feel that they had to cover up? Field Marshal Montgomery was deeply chagrined that he had only one army group to command when he thought himself the most professional commander in Northwest Europe. Montgomery had little grasp of the intricacies of politics and could not understand that American public opinion made it impossible for Eisenhower to name him ground-forces commander. During the Battle of the Bulge the U.S. President and Chief of Staff settled the issue in Eisenhower's favor.

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Examines the Anglo-American debate over strategy and command in northwest Europe, 1944-45, and details the conflict between General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery, drawing on postwar memoirs as primary sources. Compares memoirs by British and American military and government leaders and journalists to key official histories and to the contemporary record as detailed in official documents and headquarters diaries of 1944-45. Includes b&w photos and maps. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275947958
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1996
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

G. E. PATRICK MURRAY is Professor of History at Valley Forge Military College.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Journalists Fire First: Butcher, Moorehead, and Ingersoll 9
2 The Dichotomy of Postwar Memoirs: Patton, Allen, Smith, de Guingand, Montgomery, and Summersby 31
3 Eisenhower's Crusade in Europe and The Sunday Times 51
4 Bradley Takes Command and Wilmot States Strategy 71
5 Antwerp and Berlin, A Tale of Two Cities: Churchill's Triumph and Tragedy and Pogue's The Supreme Command 93
6 The British Field Marshals Counterattack: Montgomery and Alanbrooke 115
7 The Official Historians Weigh In with Ismay and Tedder 141
8 The Continuing Debate 161
Abbreviations and Acronyms 179
Selected Bibliography 181
Index 189
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