Monty’s Farewell


(NA 10334) : At 8th Army HQ a Guard of Honour of the London Irish Rifles, ‘Present Arms’ as General Montgomery emerges from his quarters. Copyright: © IWM.

(NA 10335) : Before leaving for the Garrison Theatre, General Montgomery chats with General Freyburg, VC., centre and General F.W. de Guingand, Chief of Staff to General Montgomery. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10336) : Before leaving for the Garrison Theatre, General Montgomery chats with General Freyburg, VC., centre and General F.W. de Guingand, Chief of Staff to General Montgomery. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10338) : General Sir Bernard Montgomery with his senior officers at Eighth Army Headquarters at Vasto, shortly before handing over command of the Eighth Army to General Sir Oliver Leese and leaving Italy to prepare for the Normandy invasion in England. Left to right: Major General F de Guingand, Air Vice Marshal H Broadhurst, General Montgomery, General B Freyberg VC, Lieutenant General Allfrey and General… Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10339) : General Montgomery arrives at the Garrison Theatre to make his farewell address to officers and men of 8th Army HQ staff. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10340) : General Montgomery enters his car after addressing troops in the theatre. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10341) : General Montgomery salutes as his car draws away from the theatre. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10342): Officers and men of the HQ staff listening to the General’s address. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10343) : General Montgomery addressing officers and men from the stage of the Garrison Theatre. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10344): General Montgomery addressing officers and men from the stage of the Garrison Theatre. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10346) : General Montgomery addressing officers and men of the Eighth Army HQ Staff from the stage of the Garrison Theatre, Vasto. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10347) : General Montgomery addressing officers and men of the Eighth Army HQ Staff from the stage of the Garrison Theatre, Vasto. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10348) : General Montgomery reads his last Order of the Day to men of the 8th Army, which was issued on the day following this ceremony – 31st December. Copyright: © IWM. 

(NA 10349) : The General addressing the War Correspondents from the steps of his caravan HQ. Copyright: © IWM.