The Montgomery Legend
This book, first published in 1967, examines the foundations and the substance of the Montgomery Legend. His appearance upon the scene in the Western Desert coincided with a change in warfare as ‘ironmongery replaced generalship’, as General Fuller observed, and with Montgomery’s victories came a British need for a Champion for all to see. The public needed a Hero as Britain’s time on the ropes ended, and it was also politically necessary, lest Britain be swamped by the power of its allies.
Part 1. The Inheritance 1. Churchill’s Agony 2. Redemption 3. Catharsis Part 2. The Inheritors 4. The General 5. Alam Halfa: the General and the Battle 6. The 15th September Part 3. Anatomy of a Legend 7. 2nd Alamein 8. 2nd Alamein II 9. The Triumphal March 10. On to Tunis! Part 4. Under Two Flags 11. The Allied Command 12. ‘Husky’ 13. Fortress Europe 14. A Soldier’s Farewell