Bernard Montgomery Research Paper

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Bernard Montgomery was one of the most successful British generals of the twentieth century and one of the most important participants of World War 2. He commanded British and Commonwealth troops in one of the decisive battles of the war at El Alamein in Libya and afterwards wrote several incisive and clear books about military leadership. In my opinion, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery displays many aspects of a leader. He displays the leadership aspects of being: Courage, Confident, Resilient, Risk Taker, and Tactically and technically proficient. Bernard Montgomery had a very complex and militaristic background that, combined, made him the brilliant general/strategist he was. “Bernard and his brother Harold were educated for a term at the King's School, Canterbury. Montgomery was born in Kennington, London, in 1887, the fourth child of nine, to an Anglo-Irish Church of Ireland minister, the Reverend Henry Montgomery, and his wife, Maud.”(Hamilton 324). Bernard Montgomery throughout…show more content…
In August, 1914 World War One began, Bernard Montgomery was sent with his Regiment to France that month. “He saw action at the Battle of Le Cateau that month and during the retreat from Mons. At Méteren, near the Belgian border at Bailleul on 13 October 1914, during an Allied counter-offensive, he was shot through the right lung by a sniper. Montgomery was hit once more, in the knee”(Heathcote 213). In my opinion, this action demonstrated great courage and resilience to continue fighting while injured. Bernard Montgomery was awarded the “Distinguished Service Order for gallant leadership: the citation for this award, published in the London Gazette in December 1914 reads: Conspicuous gallant leading on 13th October, when he turned the enemy out of their trenches with the bayonet. He was severely wounded” (The London Gazette no.28892). By the end of the war, Bernard Montgomery had reached the rank of Lieutenant

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