Montgomery’s rules of war

1.  Don’t march on Moscow.

2.  Don’t go fighting with your land army on the mainland of Asia.

General Bernard Montgomery commanded the British Eighth Army in World War Two during its victory at El Alamein over the Germans under General Erwin Rommel, and held many other important commands during the war.

His biographer quoted him, in regard to the U.S. approach in Vietnam, as follows: “The U.S. has broken the second rule of war. That is, don’t go fighting with your land army on the mainland of Asia. Rule One is don’t march on Moscow. I developed these two rules myself.”

Click on Bernard Montgomery wiki for his Wikipedia biography.

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