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Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
(1945?)

Monty admits he has memoirs,   pp. 46-47 PDF (474.9 KB)


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dence, telling the men that they were not going to be killed, im.
pressing my -men with what they knew, namely that I would not
waste men in an engagement. My men know I will not fight until
it is good business. Men must have the gleam of battle in their
eyes. Generals do not win battles unless they meticulously plan
their campaign and subsequently follow through. I always plan
a major campaign for three months.
"In the Normandy campaign I laid down the plan last March. I
planned the feint on Caen using British troops to suck in German
reserves and especially their motorized strength. With this having
been done, the Americans could hit the Germans on the right
flank and encircle them.
"I now am the Field Marshal of the British Armies. I have
charge of air, sea and land. I am now engaged in finance, agri.
culture and business-all are things I know very little about."
Monty Admits He has Memoirs
Monty went on to say that the Ruhr is a war machine. The
German people can never use all the civilian goods that they pro.
duce from the Ruhr. The factories that made guns can produce
millions of bicycles, refrigerators, etc.
Again he stressed that America and England must import
against future exports. He further said that it gets very cold here
in winter with 12 feet of snow, and again stressed that this would
be the battleground of the winter, as there was no coal.
I told the Field Marshal that his was a wonderful story and
that he should record it immediately. He admitted that he had
kept a diary. He said, "If I published it, it would start another
war. You cannot deal with five nations and not have disagree-
ments, and you cannot tell about these disagreements publicly. I
think it is wonderful that we have agreed on as much as we have.
Potsdam has been very successful."
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