- Nov 2019
- United States
What absolute balderdash. Monty didn't leave his command of Eighth Army in Italy until 12/23/1943. By which time planning for Normandy was already months advanced, and who was that overall commander? Eisenhower. At each step, Eisenhower had ultimate authority.Eisenhower did not involve command of Normandy Land Campaign except giving "Go" order on 5th June 1944 and vague directives after landings suceeded , his job was coordinating and managing heads of various services from Royal Navy , US Navy , RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force , RAF Strategic Bomber Command , US Army , US Army Air Force , British Army , US Army 8th Tactical Force , Allied Supply Admin etc , making their resources available for entire Normandy Campaign and managing diplomatic political aspects of SHEAF. Allied Land Command was totally given Montgomery on 12th January 1944 who revised the existing plan and enlarged the planned beachead from three beaches to all the way to Cotentin to Orne River and added airborne element. Strategic master plan was implemented according to Montgomery's 18th May 1944 briefing at St. Paul's where he opened up strategic idea and vision of landings and how things proceed from Allied perspective afterwards to Allied Chiefs of State and service commanders and once landings started Montgomery commanded it with support of other services and Eisenhower's backing...It was Eisenhower and US commanders who reaped political benefits of that (D-Day) after the war by entering in US politics and presenting himself conquerer of Germany on US electorete.