Quotes by Bernard Law Montgomery

Bernard Law Montgomery

British general

Alive from: 1887-1976

Category: Politics

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    Air power is indivisible. If you split it up into compartments, you merely pull it to pieces and destroy its greatest asset, its flexibility.
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    With stout hearts, and with enthusiasm for the contest, let us go forward to victory.
    Source: Said to his troops on the eve of D-Day
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    Decisions! And a general, a commander in chief who has not got the quality of decision, then he is no good.
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    Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear.
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    Every soldier must know, before he goes into battle, how the little battle he is to fight fits into the larger picture, and how the success of his fighting will influence the battle as a whole.
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    I have heard some say... that such [homosexual] practices are allowed in France and in other NATO countries. We are not French, and we are not other nationals. We are British, thank God!
    Source: Speech in House of Lords, 24 May 1965
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    I want to impose on everyone that the bad times are over, they are finished! Our mandate from the Prime Minister is to destroy the Axis forces in North Africa...It can be done, and it will be done!
    Source: Said to his troops in North Africa, promising the swift defeat of Rommel
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    Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: 'Do not march on Moscow'... [Rule 2] is: 'Do not go fighting with your land armies in China.
    Source: Speech in House of Lords, 30 May 1962
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    The frightful casualties appalled me. The so-called good fighting generals of the war appeared to me to be those who had a complete disregard for human life. There were of course exceptions and I suppose one was Plumer; I had only once seen him and I had never spoken to him.
    Source: Regarding the generals of the First World War. 1
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    The US has broken the second rule of war. That is, don't go fighting with your land army on the mainland of Asia. Rule One is don't march on Moscow. I developed these two rules myself.
    Source: In the House of Lords on American policy in Vietnam, 1962.
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