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First World War

Sir John Monash

The most famous British General in the Second World War, Montgomery, wrote of John Monash (Australia's most famous commander in the First World War):

I would name Sir John Monash as the best general on the Western Front in Europe; he possessed real creative originality, and the war might well have been over sooner, and certainly with fewer casualties, had Haig been relieved of his command and Monash appointed to command the British armies in his place.

(P. A. Pedersen: Some Thoughts on the Prewar Military Career of John Monash. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, Vol. 67 1981, p212. Sydney)

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