Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery

The Anniversary of Montgomery's death

24th March 2017

Montgomery 24th marchOn this day in 1976 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery died, aged 88.

Although a controversial figure amongst some historians and not always well regarded by his fellow commanders, Montgomery was generally popular with the troops under his command. His focus on training and fitness, and their victories under his command, gave them confidence in his leadership and raised their morale.

‘Monty’ was commissioned into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1908 and served in the Army for 50 years.  He was severely wounded in France in October 1914. Between the wars Montgomery saw service in Germany, Ireland, India, the UK and Palestine. 

During the Second World War he fought in France in 1940, commanded the 8th Army in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, commanded the forces involved in the invasion of Normandy and led 21st Army Group to victory over Germany. After the war he was Chief of the Imperial General Staff and then NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. 

In addition to his many honours and awards Montgomery was Colonel Commandant of the Royal Tank Regiment between 1945 and 1957.

The famous black RTR beret Montgomery is wearing in this photograph was given to him by the driver of his command tank in North Africa, Corporal Jim Fraser of 6th RTR. It is now on display at The Tank Museum.