From 1943 to 1946, Norman Kirby was in charge of intelligence and security at General Montgomery's Tactical HQ, 21st Army Group. It was a charge which carried with it the burden of Monty's personal safety and placed Sergeant Kirby in a privileged position at many key events of the war. As a linguist, Kirby acted as Monty's interpreter and link with the local people, and his work brought him into contact with a wide spectrum of the population as the Allied advance pushed on from the beaches of Normandy through Europe. Here, Kirby paints a world full of intrigue and the utmost danger, populated not only by the war-weary citizens of France, Belgium and Holland, but the sinister figures of spies and agents provocateurs and by shadowy members of the Resistance.
Norman Kirby had a unique job in WW2 - he was Field Marshall Montgomery's head of securirt and intelligence. He was also his official interpreter which as can be imagined often presented difficulties as he selected a less inflammatory vocabulary as he dealt with allies and enemies alike. His was the task of telling an irate trio of Eisenhower, deGaulle and Churchill they could not visit Monty's.