Bernard Montgomery

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

Profession: British WWII Field Marshal

United Kingdom

Why Famous: Monty was appointed to lead the British 8th Army in North Africa in 1942 and won the pivotal Battle of El Alamein.

He subsequently commanded the 8th Army in Sicily and Italy before assisting in the planning for the D-Day invasion in Normandy.

He was in command of all Allied ground forces during Operation Overlord from the initial landings until after the Battle of Normandy. He also commanded the failed Allied airborne assault into the Netherlands, codenamed Operation Market Garden, and accepted the surrender of German forces in Northern Europe at Luneburg Heath.

Born: November 17, 1887
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: March 24, 1976 (aged 88)

Married Life

  • 1927-07-27 British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (39) weds Elizabeth Carver in Chiswick, England

Historical Events in the Life of Bernard Montgomery

  • 1939-08-28 Gen Bernard Montgomery ("Monty") becomes commander of 3rd "Iron" Infantry division
  • 1940-05-31 Major General Bernard Montgomery leaves Dunkirk
  • 1940-06-01 Major General Bernard Montgomery returns to London
  • 1940-07-02 British PM Churchill meets Major General Bernard Montgomery
  • 1942-08-10 General Bernard Montgomery appointed commander British 8th Army in North Africa
  • 1942-08-12 Lt General Bernard Montgomery arrives in Cairo
  • 1943-12-23 Gen Bernard Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day
  • 1945-05-04 German forces in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands surrender unconditionally to British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery at Luneburg Heath
  • 1946-05-01 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander