Troop Inspection
Chilton Foliat, England
January 18, 1944

photo from LTC Trevor J. Bredenkamp
(A Co, 1st BN, Commander and Unit Historian, ROK, 1998-1999)
Monty and General Lee

(L-R): BG Don F. Pratt, (Assistant Commanding General, 101st Airborne Division, Aug 42-Jun 44; KIA D-Day)
MG Levin C. Allen
; General Bernard Law Montgomery (Commanding General of the 21st Army Group);
and MG William C. Lee (Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, Aug 42-Feb 44)

It was a raw, rain-swept day, and two regiments of the 101st Airborne Division (including the 506th PIR) were assembled at Chilton Foliat to see and hear General Montgomery, Commanding General of the 21st Army Group.

The 101st Airborne Division had recently been attached to the 21st Army Group in preparation for the Invasion of France, and Montgomery wanted to take a look at his new men. It was mutual. The men wanted to take a look at Montgomery.

The slight, spry, blue-eyed Montgomery arrived, liberally flanked, preceeded, and followed by MP's, and he lost no time in giving everyone on the field a thorough scrutinizing. He reviewed the regimental staffs, walked around the two regiments, moved through the ranks, talked to many men, and saw them all. He missed nothing.

Through with his inspection of the troops, he told the men to break ranks and rally around his car. He climbed up on the hood, and in a short talk, he told the men that the Germans were going to be smashed hard and soon. The Invasion could not fail. He knew it could not fail, and after seeing the troops, he pitied the enemy who would have to meet them. He was happy to have them in his command.

After seeing and hearing General Montgomery, the Currahees were happy to be in his command.

Text adapted from the Currahee Scrapbook, 506th PIR 20 July 1942 - 4 July 1945

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