Sunday, September 9, 2012




Montgomery prepares for the big assault

Men of the 51st Highland Division (known as "The Ladies from Hell") charging with fixed bayonets during a training exercise in the desert, 23 September 1942.
Scottish regiments had stopped wearing kilts in action after the campaign in France in 1940, however their First world War nickname stuck.

I had told Alexander privately that, in view of my promise to the soldiers, I refused to attack before October; if a September attack was ordered by Whitehall, they would have to get someone else to do it. My stock was rather high after Alam Halfa! We heard no more about a September attack.