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Bernard Montgomery
Montgomery
Historical Figure
Nationality: United Kingdom
Date of Birth: 1887
Date of Death: 1976
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: British Army
Turtledove Appearances:
Days of Infamy
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
Appearance(s): End of the Beginning
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Two Fronts
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Birth: 1887
Date of Death: 1943
Cause of Death: Air crash
Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, (17 November 1887 – 24 March 1976), often referred to as "Monty", was a British Army officer. He first saw action during World War I. He survived a sniper shot through the lung in October, 1914. He returned to the front in 1917 as a general staff officer.

During World War II, he successfully commanded Allied forces at the Battle of El Alamein, a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign during World War II, and troops under his command played a major role in the expulsion of Axis forces from North Africa. He was later a prominent commander in Italy and North-West Europe, where he was in command of all Allied ground forces during Operation Overlord until after the Battle of Normandy. He then continued in command of the 21st Army Group for the rest of the campaign in North West Europe. As such he was the principal field commander for the failed airborne attempt to bridge the Rhine at Arnhem and the Allied Rhine crossing. On 4 May 1945 he took the German surrender at Lüneburg Heath in northern Germany. After the war he became Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) in Germany and then Chief of the Imperial General Staff.

While certainly a talented commander, Montgomery's ego and lack of tact in interpersonal relations did him no favors among his foreign allies and in the British Army.

Bernard Montgomery in Days of InfamyEdit

News of Bernard Montgomery's defeat of Erwin Rommel at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942 made its way into Japanese-occupied Hawaii, despite their efforts to restrict all news of Allied victories.[1]

Bernard Montgomery in The War That Came EarlyEdit

General Bernard Montgomery (1887-1943) was the overall commander of the North African theater of the Second World War until his plane was shot down by a German fighter in the Spring of 1943. He was succeeded by Claude Auchinleck.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. End of the Beginning, pgs. 92-93, 138.
  2. Two Fronts, pg. 364.
Military offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke
Chief of the Imperial General Staff
1946–1948
Succeeded by
William Slim, 1st Viscount Slim

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