Letter by General Bernard Montgomery, Commander of Eighth Army W.W.II
Tac 21 Army Group
8-6-44 My dear Simbo, You may like the following news of our battle. 1. There is no doubt that the Germans were surprised, and we got on shore before they had recovered. The speed, power, and violence of the assault carried all before it. 2. Generally, the beach obstacles presented no difficulty, where they were troublesome it was become of the rough weather – and on some beaches it was pretty rough. 3. DD Tanks
a) Used successfully on UTAH beaches.
(b) Failed to reach the shore on OMAHA beaches and all sank – too rough.
(c) Were not launched on 50 DIV front or it was too rough, were landed “dry” behind the leading flights, casualties to AVRE sappers high or a result, and to leading us faulty. (d) Handed “dry” on Canadian front. (e) Used successfully on 3 DIV front. Generally it can be said that the DD tanks proved their value, and casualties were high when they could not be used. 4. As a guess prisoners about 6000 so far. They consist of Germans, Russians, Poles, Japanese, and two Turks. 5. Britich Casualties about 1000 per assault Division. Americans casualties not known. High proportion of officers casualties, due to sniping behind our front. Two my. Bde. Conds wounded: Cunningham 9 Bde. Senior 151 Bde. Good many my c.o.’s hilled, including HERDON, o.c. 2 Warwichs. No general officers are casualties. 6. The Germans are fighting well, Russians, Poles, Japanese, and Turks, run away, and if unable to do so, surrender. 7. Our Initial attack was on a wide front, and there were gaps between landings, The impetus of the assault carried us some way inland and many defended localities were by-passed, these proved very troublesome later. In one case a complete German Bm, with artillery, was found inside 50 DIV area, it gave some troubles but was eventually collected in (about 500 men). There is still one holding out – the radar station west of DOUVRES, it is very strong and if held by stout-hearted Germans. 8. Sniping in back areas has been very troublesome, as a result of para 7. The roads have been far from safe and we have lost several good officers. I have been all night myself, though I have toured the area all day. There have been woman snipers, presumably wives of German soldiers, the Canadians shot 4 women snipers. 9. The Germans are doing everything they can to hold on to CAEN. I have decided not to have a lot of casualties by butting up against the place, so I have ordered second Army to keep up a good pressure at CAEN, and to make its main effort towards VILLERS BOCAGE and EVRECY and there S.E. towards FALAISE. 10. First US Army had a very sticky party at )MAHA, and its progress at UTAH has not been rapid. I have therefore ordered it to join up its two lodgment areas and to secure CARENTAN and ISIGNY. It will then thrust towards LA HAYE DU PUITS and cat off the Cherbourg peninsula. 11. The two armies have now joined hands east of BAYEUX. No time for more. Yrs. ever
B. L. Montgomery
Like many Beebe residents, I find unacceptable that Desjardins has closed down both the human services and the automated services from the Beebe point of service. Has Desjardins ever realized that, in this sector, many people don’t have vehicles? Will these persons have to spend more or less $20 for cab fare to get to the last and only point of service remaining in the three villages?
I tried to obtain explanations from one Stanstead employee, and I was simply told it was a matter of saving money, what I understand to mean an insatiable thirst for more and more profit by cutting in essential services. I tried to find out at what level of the Desjardins hierarchy this decision was made, but no one could answer that simple question. The director of the Stanstead Caisse, Mr. Jean-Luc Basté, did not answer the voice mail message I left in his box early Monday.
I invite everyone who, like me, thinks it is an unacceptable situation to call the following toll-free number to complain about this unfair decision: 1 888 556-7212 Jean Custeau
Beebe p.s. The country here is very nice, green fields, very good crops, plenty of vegetables, cows and cattle, chickens, ducks, etc. The few civilians there are appear will fed, the children look healthy, the people have good boots, and clothing. The locals did not believe British would ever invade France or some over the channel, they say that the German officers and men thought this also – which may account got the tactical surprise we got.
9 June p.s. I enclosed a copy of a letter sent today to my chief of staff. This will give you my situation and my future intentions. It is of course very secret by wireless – of m 500
Bernard Montgomery, Commander of Eighth Army W.W.II.