leandros wrote:What Monty also did, as soon as he took over the 8th army, was to establish a proper armoured striking force, much like Rommel had had for a long time.
...except that his "corps de chasse" never got off the ground. Not exactly his fault, and he has been amply excused for failing to pick the right subordinate for that key assignment, but if that subordinate command was so important then Montgomery's failure to make it perform the way he wanted to must be added to his score.
Actually, Montgomery's initial plan failed pretty much completely. What he is usually credited for is not giving up but trying something else, i.e. devising a Plan B on the move instead of writing the whole thing off as yet another German tactical victory.leandros wrote:He made a proper plan - and stuck to it! The new, major item, was that instead of wasting his armour on the German defenses - he let the Germans waste theirs.
I'm no sure that letting the Germans waste their armor was part of the original plan, as opposed to how things turned out. Theoretically, X Corps should have moved more quickly and engaged the German armored reserves. X Corps didn't get a move on, and German armor impaled itself on entrenched British infantry (though eventually eradicating the salient they were attacking, something that Montgomery's account carefully ignores). Saying that it was part of the plan all along is doing the same kind of rewriting of history that Montgomery himself was so fond of.