Man OF THE Moment

VISCOUNT ALANBROOKE

Given his position and access to the prime minister, Field Marshal Brooke was a lead player in vital operational decisions in World War Two. Dr Andrew Sangster explores his most critical strategies

As Chief of the Imperial General Staff (CIGS), Brooke was in almost daily contact with Churchill, whom he liked and respected as his political boss – but this did not guarantee he would accept his views, which led to contention. Brooke was a military man, and insisted the military knew better than government even considering Churchill’s experience as a soldier and officer. Though when he did believe Churchill was right, he used his considerable authority to back the premier to the hilt.

However, one of Churchill’s errant obsessions was his desire to attack Hitler through occupied Norway. A few historians have since felt that Churchill was correct in this approach, but Brooke was unflinching and considered the Norway option unnecessary.

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