Masters of Battle – Terry Brighton Kindle, PDF
Masters of Battle – Terry Brighton
Prologue: The Ego at War
In the Second World War, Great Britain, the US and Germany each produced one land‐force commander who stood out from the rest: Bernard Montgomery, George Patton and Erwin Rommel. These three armour‐plated egos were, in their own opinion but also in the judgement of their contemporaries,amazon kindle the greatest generals of the war.
All three were arrogant, publicity‐seeking and personally flawed, but with a genius for the command of men and an unrivalled enthusiasm for combat. All had spectacular success on the battlefield.Masters Each understood the war in terms of his own ambitions and the attempts of the other two to thwart them. Rommel became the only German general known by name in Britain and America before most had even heard of Montgomery and Patton. They had to compete with him as larger‐than‐life personalities in whom their armies could believe before they could beat him on the battlefield. Yet as they fought for the headlines the hostility expressed by the two allies was directed not at their mutual enemy but at one another. Rommel,Masters of Battle Terry Brighton aware that the men and armour under their command outnumbered his own, remained confident that his superior tactical skills could defeat both of them.
It was a very personal contest: the clash of mighty armies perceived as a bout between three men. In Masters of Battle, for the first time in the literature of the Second World War, all three are ‘put in the same ring’ and allowed to ‘go at it’ against a backdrop of the great tank battles of North Africa, the invasions of Sicily and Italy, the Normandy landings and the push through Masters France and Belgium into Germany.
Montgomery, Patton and Rommel were all born in November,Epub but in different years, between 1885 and 1891, and under the same astrological sign: Scorpio, from the scorpion, known for its venomous sting. Each of the three was to live up to that.
Montgomery was a small man with a shrill voice, but his appearance belied the size of his ego. Convinced that only he knew how to conduct the war he treated his superiors with contempt and snubbed even Churchill. His victory at El Alamein against the previously invincible Rommel inspired the British press to compare him with Wellington, a sentiment he heartily endorsed. King George VI, Masters of Battle Terry Brighton visiting him in North Africa, said he was delighted to discover that Monty was not after his job.Kindle Montgomery led British forces in the invasion of Sicily, and rewrote the plan for the D‐Day invasion, during which he commanded all Allied ground troops and attempted once more to outsmart Rommel, who commanded the coastal defences.
Patton was nicknamed ‘Old Blood and Guts’ because of his enthusiasm for battle, and General Eisenhower joked that he probably wore his combat helmet in bed. He certainly wore an ivory‐handled Colt revolver everywhere and put on what he called his ‘warrior face’ to deliver obscene and profane speeches to the troops. Brighton of Battle Terry Brighton He led American troops to their first victory in North Africa and commanded US forces in the invasion of Sicily. After D‐Day he led the breakout from Normandy,Masters the only Allied commander to emulate Rommel’s blitzkrieg (lightning war). As his armoured columns raced towards the Rhine he boasted that he would be first into Berlin and ‘personally shoot that son‐of‐a‐bitch Adolf Hitler’.
Rommel’s firm‐set face and goggled cap became an icon of the desert war after Hitler personally gave him command of the Deutsches Afrika Korps. He pressed the British back to El Alamein, defeated the Americans at Kasserine, and was nicknamed Wüsten‐fuchs (Desert Fox) for the uncanny brilliance of his battle tactics. General Auchinleck found it necessary to tell his beaten British army that ‘Rommel is not superhuman… it would be undesirable to attribute supernatural powers to him.’ After his defeat and pursuit across North Africa by Montgomery, Rommel was put in charge of defending the French coast. There, he planned to beat back the Allied invasion and win the war for Germany.
Both Montgomery and Patton described their battle with Rommel as a personal contest. Monty chose a metaphor from the tennis court: ‘I feel that I have won the first game when it was Rommel’s service. Next time it will be my service, the score being one–love.’ Patton likened it to a medieval joust mounted on tanks: ‘The two armies could watch. I would shoot at Rommel. He would shoot at me. If I killed him, I’d be the champ. America would win the war.’ Both men had the greatest respect for their enemy.pdf Monty kept a portrait of the German in his command caravan while Patton studied Rommel’s book on tactics. Rommel returned the compliment: ‘Montgomery never made a serious strategic mistake… [and] in the Patton Army we saw the most astonishing achievement in mobile warfare.’
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