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The generals mentioned are:

Field Marshal William Slim, commander of the 14th Army in WW2 (known as "the forgotten army" it beat the Japanese in Burma; Slim has a good claim to be the best general of WW2).

Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, know as "Monty" commanded British Forces at El Alamein and in the Normandy campaign. He was once described to me by Field Marshal Michael Carver as "a shit".

Field Marshal Alan Brooke (Viscount Alanbrooke) was Chief of the Imperial General Staff during WW2, making him Churchill's chief military advisor. He was highly critical of Churchill in his post-war memoirs.

Field Marshal Douglas Haig commanded the British Expeditionary Force from 1915 to 1918. A controversial figure, many (including Churchill and Lloyd George) blamed him for unimaginative strategy and excessively bloody campaigns, with Passchendaele and the Somme being criticised in particular. There's been an attempt by revisionist historians to rehabilitate his reputation in recent years.

Statues of Generals

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse29 Jan 2014

Journey through
The subconscious
Of men who
Commission statues,

Turn your back
On the glories
Of Trafalgar, and
Walk down Whitehall:

Slim stares all
The way to Burma
Without the need
Of binoculars;

Montgomery scowls
At Downing Street
As Alanbrooke
Averts his gaze;

Haig is on a horse,
Its foot raised,