woensdag 31 augustus 2016
dinsdag 30 augustus 2016
The Commander of 21st Army Group, General Sir Bernard Montgomery, during his first press conference for Allied war correspondents after the Allied invasion of Normandy, 11 June 1944.
Those who misjudged him on the basis of first impressions were soon disabused of their lapse. Montgomery’s most striking feature was his penetrating grey-blue eyes, which literally flashed with authority and determination and exuded the air of authority characteristic of all great commanders. Correspondent John Gunther thought he possessed, "the most piercing and luminous blue eyes I have ever seen." (www.armchairgeneral.com)
Montgomery served as an Infantry officer during the First World War and as Staff Officer was a member of the British General Staff between the wars.
In 1942, he won a decisive victory over Rommel’s Afrika Korps at El Alamein. He then conducted the Tunisian campaign and commanded the British army in Italy.
Building on his great expertise and under the supreme command of Eisenhower, he directed the combined operations of the landings in Normandy.
His leadership was highly criticised by others of the Allied military command, who could not understand the stagnation of British troops in the Caen area. Montgomery took the liberty of modifying plans fixed in London on 15th May 1944. Some, like Arthur Tedder, Chief of the Allied Air Forces, proposed his recall, but British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was inflexible in his defence.
Bernard Montgomery was raised to the rank of Field Marshal on 1st September 1944. (www.bayeuxmuseum.com)
(Photo source - US Army Signal Corps)
(Colourised by Gabriel Bîrsanu from Romania)
donderdag 25 augustus 2016
General George S. Patton in his Dodge command vehicle acknowledging the cheers of the welcoming crowds on S Broadway and West 6th St. Downtown Los Angeles, CA., during his visit on June 9, 1945.
In June 1945, he came home a hero. Soon after Nazi Germany surrendered, an estimated 1 million fans crowded the streets of downtown L.A. to catch a glimpse of the charismatic warrior.
The adulation was cut short; Patton broke his neck in a car accident that December and died 12 days later.
His famous bull terrier, 'Willie', was sent home from Germany to live out his days with the general’s wife and daughters.