Caen, Cobra and Confusion – Montgomery and the Normandy Conundrum

Tuesday 28 November 2023


Andrew Harrison

“I Corps will capture Caen.” Of all the operations connecting the overall Normandy Campaign, none has generated more comment by historians and those who oversaw the various Allied formations involved, either directly or indirectly. What was it that made him insist both during and after the campaign that the operation went according to plan? If Monty was right, then who was wrong and what is it that keeps the Monty myth of inflexibility alive?

Cover image attribution: A meeting of Allied commanders, Maastricht, 7 December 1944, National Army Museum, NAM. 1985-10-134-19.