In August, 1942, despite having defeated Rommel @ the 1st Battle of El Alamein, British 8th Army Commander Claude Auchinleck was summarily relieved of his command by Churchill. He was replaced by the commander of the 13th Corps, General "Strafer" Gott. He was a veteran of the North Africa theater, having been fighting in the desert since the start of the campaign in 1940. He thus seemed well-qualified for his new position. But he never lived to take it. En route to Cairo, the plane Gott was on was shot down, & he was killed. The replacement was himself replaced by a Lieutenant General named Bernard Montgomery. What, though, if Gott had lived? How would that have changed the future course of the war in North Africa? And later, the future course of the war in Europe? Most importantly, would Gott's survival have butterflied away the career Montgomery had IOTL? If no Montgomery @ all(or @ least if he had not played the prominent role he actually did)how is the war in Europe changed? Seems to me I feel the wind of many butterflies! But what does everyone else think?