Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1887-1976: A Selected Bibliography

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In the desperate summer of 1942, Hitler seemed to be on the verge of victory in Russia and the Middle East. With Rommel nearing Cairo, a little known lieutenant-general, Bernard Montgomery, took charge of what Churchill called a baffled and bewildered British 8th Army. Assuming command, Montgomery issued his famous order, Here we will stand and fight;…If we can't stay here alive, then let us stay here dead, and led the Army to one of the Allies' greatest victories—El Alamein. Monty became an instantly ...

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In the desperate summer of 1942, Hitler seemed to be on the verge of victory in Russia and the Middle East. With Rommel nearing Cairo, a little known lieutenant-general, Bernard Montgomery, took charge of what Churchill called a baffled and bewildered British 8th Army. Assuming command, Montgomery issued his famous order, Here we will stand and fight;…If we can't stay here alive, then let us stay here dead, and led the Army to one of the Allies' greatest victories—El Alamein. Monty became an instantly recognizable Allied leader, but as a man with strong views, unbending principles, and outspoken frankness, he was both loved and disliked, praised and criticized. This bibliography presents and evaluates the extensive body of literature that has grown up around the controversial Field Marshal.

Any serious study of World War II military campaigns must confront Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, an individualist with both admirers and detractors. This book provides an extensive historiographical overview of the literature in Part I and a bibliography of significant works in Part II. It is a basic reference and research guide for the student, scholar, and general reader.

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A reference and research guide to the best known and most controversial British military commander in World War II. Baxter (history, East Tennessee State U.) first provides a historiographical narrative that evaluates and critically reviews the considerable literature on Monty. Then he lists without annotation an extensive selection of 413 works, cross-referenced to and from the narrative. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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COLIN F. BAXTER is Professor of History at East Tennessee State University.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Preface xi
Part I Narrative and Historiographical Survey 1
1. Historical Background 3
2. Chronology 11
3. Sources for Research on Field Marshal Montgomery 15
Principal Research Collections 15
Bibliographies and Guides 17
Biographical Dictionaries 18
Encyclopedias and Collections 19
Memorabilia 20
4. The Making of a General 21
Family Background 21
World War I 23
Between the Wars 25
Hitler's War Begins 27
Dunkirk 29
The Dieppe Raid 32
5. El Alamein to Tunis 37
The Montgomery-Auchinleck Controversy 37
Alam Halfa 41
The Battle of El Alamein (October 23-November 4, 1942) 42
Pursuit 45
On to Tripoli 45
Desert Victory 46
The End in North Africa 46
The Flying Fortress Affair 48
6. Sicily to the Sangro 49
Return to England 49
The Invasion of Sicily 50
"I Should Run Husky." 52
The Battle for Sicily 52
Patton and the "Race" to Messina 55
Evacuation 56
The Canadians 58
The Italian Campaign 58
Salerno 59
7. The Normandy Campaign 63
Preparations 63
The Battle of Normandy 69
The Battle of the Books 70
Operation Goodwood 74
Official Histories 77
The Ongoing Debate over Normandy 77
A "Flawed Instrument"? 79
Nigel Hamilton 80
Carlo D'Este 81
Monty and the Air Marshals 82
The Falaise Gap 85
8. From the Seine to the Baltic 89
Single-thrust versus Broad-front strategy 89
Montgomery's Proposal 89
Eisenhower's strategy 93
The Historical Debate 96
Operation Market-Garden 100
Prelude to the Ardennes 106
The Battle of the Bulge 108
The Command Issue 111
The Press Conference 113
The Final Wartime Controversies 114
9. The Post-War Years 119
The Occupation of Germany 119
Lucien Trueb 121
Chief of the Imperial General Staff 122
Emanuel Shinwell 123
Isington Mill 124
Overseas Tours 125
International Soldier 125
The Memoirs 126
The Last Years 127
Part II Bibliography 131
Index 161
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