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1100 Miles With Monty

By: Norman Kirby (583/35766)
Publisher: Alan Sutton

From 1943 to 1946 Norman Kirby was in charge of Intelligence and Security at General Montgomery's Tactical HQ, 21st Army Group. It was a charge which carried with it the burden of Monty's personal safety and placed Sergeant Kirby in a privileged position at many key events of the war. Security passes issued by Kirby alone would allow such imposing figures as General Bradley, General Eisenhower and General de Gaulle access to Montgomery - only King George VI passed unchallenged.

As a linguist, Kirby acted as Monty's interpreter and link with the local people, and his work brought him into contact with a wide spectrum of the population as the Allied advance pushed on from the beaches of Normandy through Europe.

Here are all the ingredients for a compelling adventure set in the last years of the Second World War. A world full of intrigue and the upmost danger, populated not only by the war-weary citizens of France, Belgium and Holland, but the sinister figures of spies and agents provocateurs, by the shadowy members of the Resistance and by those driven by want or greed or desperation to collaborate with Nazi Germany.

Always responsive both to the human frailties and courage around him, Norman Kirby's acute powers of observation provide the reader with a previously unknown view of Europe immediately after the Liberation illustrated with Kirby's own photographs and unique contemporary documents, 1100 miles with Monty will be of interest to both the general reader and the historian alike.

March 2008

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