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Field Marshall Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG GCB DSO PC, (17th November 1887 - 24th March 1976), nicknamed "Monty", was a British Army officer. He saw action in the First World War and was seriously wounded. In the Second World War he commanded the Eighth Army from August 1942 in the Western Desert until the final Allied victory in Tunisia. This command included the Battle of El Alamein the turning point in the Western Desert Campaign. He then commanded the Eighth Army in Sicily and Italy before being given responsibility for planning the D-Day invasion in Normandy. He was in command of all Allied ground forces during Operation Overlord until after the Battle of Normandy. He then continued in command of the 21st Army Group for the rest of the campaign in North West Europe. On 4th May 1945 he took the German surrender at Luneburg Heath in northern Germany. After the war he became Commander-in-Chief of the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) in Germany and then Chief of the Imperial Staff.

See comments re previous photo of "Monty" at Southsea.

This museum was opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1984. It tells the story of Operation Overlord during the Normandy D-Day landings.

The Portsmouth skyline taken from near the D-Day Museum on Clarence Esplanade.

This statue stands outside the D-Day Museum in Southsea on Clarence Esplanade and was unveiled in 1997. The Grizzly was a Canadian-built M4A1 Sherman tank with some modifications. It had thicker, more sloping armour, had a longer range and notably was fitted with Canadian Dry Pin tracks (CDP) which did not require rubber, a scarce wartime material. It was used by the Canadian Army in WW2 from 1943-1945 and later by Portugal.

Brittany Ferry from Caen to Portsmouth from here.

This was a heavy British infantry tank used in WW2.

Built in 1544 this castle was part of a series of fortifications built around England's coast by Henry VIII to protect the country against invaders. No sooner had it been completed than Henry VIIIs flagship the Mary Rose sank near to the castle. Nearly a century later, during the English Civil War, the castle was captured for the only time by the Parliamentarians.

Another view of the Castle & Lighthouse.

See previous pic.


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