Monty's Iron Sides: From the Normandy Beaches to Bremen with the 3rd Division - Patrick DelaforceStroud: Alan Sutton, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little faded at the spine of the dust wrapper.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps; Appendix;
From the cover: “Britain’s most legendary general of the twentieth century, Major-General Bernard Montgomery, commanded the British 3rd Division in the Low Countries with great skill and determination during the opening stages of the Second World War, culminating in the Allied evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940. The 3rd Division, which subsequently became known throughout the British Army as Monty’s ‘Iron Sides’, included in its ranks the general’s beloved Royal Warwickshire Regiment of which he had been commanding officer.
Four years later on 6 June 1944, Monty chose his Iron Sides to spearhead the Allied attack on the Normandy beaches on D-Day. As the only division in the British Liberation Army to participate in the savage fighting from D-Day all the way through to VE-Day, the indomitable Iron Sides were frequently in the thick of the action, led by the popular ex-Desert Rat GOC ‘Bob’ Whistler.
Monty’s Iron Sides fought in the tough battle to take Caen, in Operation ‘Goodwood’ at Troarn and Operation ‘Bluecoat’ to take Vire. They helped force a crossing of the Escaut canal and participated in Operation ‘Aintree’ to free the Dutch towns of Overloon and Venraij. Operation ‘Heather’ saw them drive through the Siegfried Line, before finally ‘cracking around’ in northern Germany in the hard fighting that ultimately led to VE-Day. Monty’s Iron Sides’ contribution to victory in Europe was immense and won for them two Victoria Crosses, but the price in lives was high. The division suffered 15,000 casualties including 2,586 killed in action.
Following the successful formula adopted for his other divisional histories, Patrick Delaforce draws on contributions from the dozen fighting regiments of the 3rd Division who proudly wore the sign of the black and red triangles, designed by Monty himself. They came from every corner of Great Britain — Norfolk, Suffolk, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Lincolnshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, the Scottish Borders and Ulster. With machine gunners from Middlesex and field gunners from the Scottish Highlands it was probably the most British of the Army divisions fighting in North West Europe in 1944-5. In Monty’s Iron Sides, privates, NCOs and young officers alike relate the stories of their battles in their own words — the words of the soldiers who fought at the sharp end of war.”