Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976) was a British Field Marshall during ww2. He commanded the British Eighth Army in North Africa and defeated Erwin Rommel at the 2nd Battle of El Alamein. He later went on to participate in the invasion of Italy, the Battle of Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge. For a long time I pictured Monty as an old man so I was caught off guard when I found this picture when I wanted to find out more about him in ww1.
Not only did he look hot, but younger Monty has an interesting story. Having a rough childhood where him and his siblings were abused by the mother, Monty always found comfort in the military and went into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. When ww1 broke out, he was shot through the lung at the First Battle of Ypres and his grave was dug thinking that he wouldn’t be able to recover. Eventually he did recover and Monty returned as a general staff officer in 1917. There is a picture of Winston Churchill at a military parade in Lille in 1918, and in the bottom left stands a stern looking Montgomery, not well known at that time but will make a large effect on history.