Field Marshal Montgomery may have had Asperger’s Syndrome

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A historian believes that the eccentric behavior of one of Britain’s best known generals from World War II may be attributed to Asperger’s Syndrome— a developmental condition that a handful are now convinced Field Marshal Montgomery may have had, which they believe could explain his erratic behavior.

The famous field marshal was loathed by the Americans for his arrogance and eccentric behavior, and historian Antony Beevor believes it could be Asperger’s that may have caused him to behave that way.

Montgomery’s name went down on history as the man who commanded the British Eighth Army in 1942, and was responsible for the troop’s victory in El Alamein against the German Nazis in the same year.

In a book entitled “Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble”, author Beevor describes how he thinks Montgomery might have had Asperger’s.

“During the German advance Eisenhower realized Bradley was completely cut off in Luxembourg from his troops and he had no alternative but to put Montgomery in command. He regretted it. Montgomery turned up and pointed out to the Americans they had done everything wrong. It was disastrous to Anglo-American relations. The way he treated Eisenhower was high handed.”

Beevor continues to say that the Americans “absolutely loathed him.”

Montgomery’s step-grandson, Tom Carver, who knew him very well, are one of those who are inclined to believe that the famous British general may have had Asperger’s, which, he’s convinced, explains Montgomery’s out-of-the-ordinary behavior. In an interview with BBC Radio’s Today, Carver told:

“It certainly resonates. There was a duality in the strange way he dealt with people.”

Source: Nicola Harley on The Telegraph:Did Field Marshal Montgomery have Asperger’s Syndrome?

Contributed by Althea Estrella Violeta