Monty and the Canadian Army: A Military Triumph

By John A. English

© 2021

General Bernard Law Montgomery, affectionately known as "Monty," exerted a more lasting military influence on the Canadian Army than any other Second World War commander. In 1942 he assumed responsibility for the exercise and training of Canadian formations in England, and by the end of the war Canada’s field army was second to none in the practical exercise of combined arms.

In Monty and the Canadian Army, John A. English analyses the way Montgomery’s operational influence continued to permeate the Canadian Army. For years, the Canadian Army remained a highly professional force largely because it was commanded by "Monty men," found at almost every lower level of army command, who were steeped in the Montgomery method. The era of the Canadian Army headed by such men ceased with the integration and unification of Canada’s armed forces in 1964.

The embrace of Montgomery by Canadian soldiers stands in marked contrast to negative perceptions by Americans, only a few of whom have viewed him in a favourable light. Monty and the Canadian Army aims to correct such perceptions, which are mostly superficial and more often than not wrong, and addresses the anomaly of how this gifted general, one of the greatest field commanders of World War Two, managed to win over other North American troops.

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  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Illustrations: 55
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Monty and the Canadian Army details the lasting influence of General B.L. Montgomery, whose military competence shaped the Canadian Army in the Second World War.

Monty and the Canadian Army: A Military Triumph

By John A. English

© 2021

General Bernard Law Montgomery, affectionately known as "Monty," exerted a more lasting military influence on the Canadian Army than any other Second World War commander. In 1942 he assumed responsibility for the exercise and training of Canadian formations in England, and by the end of the war Canada’s field army was second to none in the practical exercise of combined arms.

In Monty and the Canadian Army, John A. English analyses the way Montgomery’s operational influence continued to permeate the Canadian Army. For years, the Canadian Army remained a highly professional force largely because it was commanded by "Monty men," found at almost every lower level of army command, who were steeped in the Montgomery method. The era of the Canadian Army headed by such men ceased with the integration and unification of Canada’s armed forces in 1964.

The embrace of Montgomery by Canadian soldiers stands in marked contrast to negative perceptions by Americans, only a few of whom have viewed him in a favourable light. Monty and the Canadian Army aims to correct such perceptions, which are mostly superficial and more often than not wrong, and addresses the anomaly of how this gifted general, one of the greatest field commanders of World War Two, managed to win over other North American troops.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Illustrations: 55
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Lt. Col.-Dr. John A. English is a Canadian Army veteran and past professor of Strategy at the U.S. Naval War College.
  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Introduction

    1. The Germination of Generalship
    2. Canadian Corps Legacy and Loss of Professionalism
    3. Montgomery in Command of British Formations
    4. Canada’s Erratic March to War
    5. Dagger Pointed at the Heart of Berlin
    6. Inspecting the Canadian Corps
    7. Military Godfather of the Canadian Army
    8. Montgomery and Dieppe
    9. Monty’s Eighth Army and Canadians
    10. Handling Canadians in Normandy
    11. Cracking German Lines
    12. First Canadian Army’s Greatest Contribution to Allied Victory
    13. Canadian Army Triumph
    14. Canadian Army Monty Men

    Epilogue: The Montgomery Touch

    Conclusion

    Appendix: What to Look for When Visiting a Unit

    Bibliography
    Index

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