Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery – the hero of the Battle of El-Alamein and the most senior British Army commander at the end of World War II…

Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery – the hero of the Battle of El-Alamein and the most senior British Army commander at the end of World War II – was a bit right wing. He publicly supported apartheid after a visit to South Africa in 1962 and after a visit to China declared himself impressed by the Chinese leadership. He spoke out against the legalisation of homos*xuality, arguing that the S*xual Offences Act 1967 was a “charter for b*ggery” and that “this sort of thing may be tolerated by the French, but we’re British – thank God.” One biographer has suggested Montgomery may have been a repressed homos*xual; in the late 1940s Montgomery maintained an affectionate friendship with a 12-year-old Swiss boy. One biographer called the friendship “bizarre”, although not “improper”, and a sign of “pitiful loneliness.” 

He came to the conclusion that the Irish Civil War could not be won without harsh measures; in 1923, he wrote: “It never bothered me a bit how many houses were burnt. I think I regarded all civilians as Shinners (Sinn Fein members). My own view is that to win a war of this sort, you must be ruthless. Oliver Cromwell or the Germans would have settled it in a very short time.”

 

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