Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Montgomery on battle of El Alamein, pp. 45-46 PDF (467.4 KB)
"An Army usually loots for 2 or 3 days after conquering a ter- ritory-Russia has been systematically looting Germany for 3 months. "The Axis made two maj or mistakes: 1) The Germans invading Russia, 2) The Japanese war on your country. "The Germans subsequently made three great battle mistakes: 1) After we landed in France, they should not have defended Normandy but should have dropped back behind the Seine, 2) They never should have created an offense at the Bastogne bulge, 3) They should not have defended the west bank of the Rhine but rather should have dropped back to its east bank and made their stand there." Montgomery on Battle of El Alamein We asked him to tell us about the African battle of El Alamein. He said that all of the writers of books and all of the so-called reportorial strategists had never given the true facts of this battle, that he alone had all of the facts. "The German line," he went on, "had integrated companies or divisions of Germans and Italians side by side. The Italians are notably bad fighters. Rommel was expecting an attack from his flank on the sea and this attack would have been tough on him. I hit him on his right, or sea flank. He pulled all of his good German fighters from out of his integrated line to his sea flank, then I gave him a left hook and ran around to the left. Rommel was not as good a General as von Runstedt, who is the best General I ever fought against. "Generals must practice morale building. Before the invasion of France, everyone knew there was going to be an invasion, as it had been in the newspapers for three months. I rode on the hood of a jeep throughout England talking to troops, building confi- 45
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