Rule 1, on page 1 of the book of war, is: “Do not march on Moscow”. Various people have tried it, Napoleon and Hitler, and it is no good. That is the first rule. I do not know whether your Lordships will know Rule 2 of war. It is: “Do not go fighting with your land armies in China”. It is a vast country, with no clearly defined objectives.
— In the House of Lords, 30 May 1962
The United States has broken the second rule of war. That is: don’t go fighting with your land army on the mainland in Asia. Rule One is, don’t march on Moscow. I developed those two rules myself.
— Interview, 2 July, 1968; quoted in New York Times, 3 July, 1968, p. 6.1
- Map based on Star-Shaped Map of the Earth with Polar Projection, 1898
- Quotes of Bernard Montgomery from Wikiquote: Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein