Field Marshal Montgomery query

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Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by PF » 03 Mar 2015 14:22

In the 1970 movie Patton there is a newsreel clip showing Montgomery wearing an Australian Bush hat with the cap badges of all the units he commands!
Did Montgomery consider himself colonel-in-chief of every unit under his command? :thumbsup: :welcome:

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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by Gooner1 » 03 Mar 2015 16:38

Monty would have been wearing his beret when he met Patton.

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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by Aber » 03 Mar 2015 22:04

PF wrote:In the 1970 movie Patton there is a newsreel clip showing Montgomery wearing an Australian Bush hat with the cap badges of all the units he commands!
Did Montgomery consider himself colonel-in-chief of every unit under his command? :
This was something he did in the early days of his command of the 8th Army. He probably thought of himself as more important than a colonel- in- chief. :wink:

He soon switched to a black tank corps beret; IIRC because when travelling in his command tank, the bush hat kept being blown off by the wind and recovered by his staff.

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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by Sheldrake » 04 Mar 2015 21:52

It wasn't his staff which had to recover his hat but his driver, who presented him with a tank corps beret accompanied by a suggestion that he should wear it.

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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by gambadier » 08 Mar 2015 02:43

How do you know it was Australian? They were standard issue to British units in India.

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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by Sheldrake » 09 Mar 2015 09:25

gambadier wrote:How do you know it was Australian? They were standard issue to British units in India.
Because Montgomery was presented it by an Australian unit and the hat itself is in the Australian War Memorial. https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RELAWM30701/. Mr Google is your friend ;)

You can see (and hear) Montgomery around 16.26 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJL7Ny2VXM0 You can see his driver "Bill" the scot with the RTR tie.

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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by gambadier » 09 Mar 2015 11:53

At least Slim had the real thing!

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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by PF » 09 Mar 2015 14:31

His rivalty with Patton....both came from Scottish clans
Montgomery Clan Motto: Garde bien (Watch well)
Patton- a sect of Clan MacLean Motto: Virture Mine Honor

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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by Steen Ammentorp » 09 Mar 2015 14:51

PF wrote:His rivalty with Patton....
Actually - this would be Patton's rivalry with Montgomery. Montgomery never expressed any rivalry with Patton.
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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery query

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 22 Mar 2021 03:20

Steen Ammentorp wrote:
09 Mar 2015 14:51
PF wrote:His rivalty with Patton....
Actually - this would be Patton's rivalry with Montgomery. Montgomery never expressed any rivalry with Patton.
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