What was Operation Market Garden?

Introduction Operation Market Garden was a failed World War II military operation fought in the Netherlands from 17 to 25 September 1944. It was the brainchild of Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery and strongly supported by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. The airborne part of the operation was undertaken by the First Allied Airborne… Read More

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The Battle for Hearts…

“The first thing a young officer must do when he joins the Army is to fight a battle, and that battle is for the hearts of his men. If he wins that battle and subsequent similar ones, his men will follow him anywhere; if he loses it, he will never do any real good.” Field… Read More

The Beginning of Leadership…

“The beginning of leadership – is a battle for the hearts and minds of men.” Field Marshal Montgomery (1887 to 1976) Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery, in full Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, of Hindhead byname Monty, was a British Field Marshal and one of the outstanding Allied commanders in World… Read More

A General Menace…

“Determined leadership is vital throughout all echelons of command. Nowhere is it more important than in the higher ranks. Generals who become depressed when things are not going well, who lack the “drive” to get things done, and who lack the resolution, the robust mentality and the moral courage to see their plan through to… Read More

The First Thing…

“The first thing a young officer must do when he joins the Army is to fight a battle, and that battle is for the hearts of his men. If he wins that battle and subsequent similar ones, his men will follow him anywhere; if he loses it, he will never do any real good.” Field… Read More

Fail in his duty…

“On learning of the mutiny (Salerno, 1943), Field‐Marshal Montgomery said that although the Mutineers’ actions were quite inexcusable and could not be condoned in any way, ‘where soldiers get into trouble of this nature, it is nearly always the fault of some officer who has failed in his duty.’” J.M. Bereton, The British Soldier; A… Read More

Morale is…

“The morale of the soldier is the single greatest factor in war.” Field Marshal Montgomery (1887 to 1976) Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery, in full Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, of Hindhead byname Monty, was a British Field Marshal and one of the outstanding Allied commanders in World War II.