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Bernard Montgomery. Brilliant General. Otherwise, Quite Difficult.

by Daniel Russ on February 4, 2020

From Rick Atkinson’s brilliant An Army at Dawn.

 

“Sparks flew up around Montgomery. He was puerile, petty, and egocentric, bereft of irony, humility, and a sense of proportion. It would not suffice for him to succeed. You have to fail. ‘If he admitted to an error, it was always minor, and served , like a touch of black in a color scheme, to throw up his general infallibility,’ historian Correlli Barnet wrote.

 

Like so many successful people, he curated chaos.

Bernard Montgomery, British Field Marshall. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

 

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