MONTGOMERY of ALAMEIN - Photograph Signed 1944 during the Battle of the Ardennes
Bernard Law MONTGOMERY, Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887-1976)
Photograph Signed (“B.L. Montgomery Field-Marshal”), an official War Office photograph, annotated on the back in another hand “the morning of Thursday 28 Dec 44 / Conference at Tac H.Q. 21 Army Group. / Zonhoven / M.C.D. – Second Army / Hodges – First Army / Montgomery / Simpson – Ninth Army / Crerar – Canadian Army / During the “Ardennes” operations”.
9½ x 14¼ cms, Zonhoven, 28 December 1944.
Montgomery established his tactical headquarters at Zonhoven for the duration of the Ardennes operations. The battle of the Ardennes, known as the battle of the Bulge to the Americans, lasted for a month, from 16 December 1944 until January the following year, and proved especially harsh. Both sides were hampered by the heavy snowstorms and icy weather. Bodies lay unburied, as the ground was frozen and digging of graves impossible.
Eisenhower had placed Montgomery in command of the US Second and Ninth Armies. After the campaign, Montgomery made a speech praising the American troops. However, he relates in his Memoirs that the speech was later reported with substantial omissions, leaving the impression that he had played down the contribution of the American generals. He came to the conclusion that “I should . . . have said nothing.”
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