Page 3, 7th November 1958

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By Sir DESMOND MORTON

dared purpose has been fully achieved.

The hook is entitled " Memoirs ". which may differentiate it from a biography. It would be an unusal biography that devoted only 32 pages to the first 51 years of the subject's life, while using over 450 pages to cover the next nine years.

Nor is it made sufficient clear why his early life had taught him to " become self-sufficient, intolerant of authority and steeled to take punishment ", whether these principles arc recommended, and whether the Field Marshal really feels that to be "intolerant of authority " is a principle to be observed by everyone at all times.

Interest and value

TWO chapters are headed respectively "My doctrine of command" and "Some occasions when it is a positive virtue to he reticent in dispensing truth of this type, especially when giving opinions about others.

The difference between an honest opinion and objective truth may be considerable.

Normandy landing

THE chapters dealing with victory

in Africa and the landings in Sicily and Italy make grand reading, even if we have beard most of it before. What follows, after the landing in Normandy up to the German capitulation. does throw some additional light on certain controversies which arose from time to time during that period.

Fortunately for all of us, the tolerance of higher authority was great enough to handle possible manifestations of intolerance of




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