Best General of World War Two?

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  1. Bungee

    Bungee Discharged

    Hey everyone,

    This is my first post with WW2Talk! Just wanted to throw it out there, who do you think was the best general of WW2 and why? I've got a soft spot for a few (I'm thinking Rommel, Patton, or Zhukov) but want to see what you think.

    In addition, I don't want to spam the forum but I've recently set up a site where you can get some cool World War Two related stuff, ie posters, shirts, etc. If you have a few minutes please take a look and let me know what you think!

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  2. hutchie

    hutchie Dont tell him Pike!!

    Welcome :) nice site by the way, wish you best of luck with it :)

    Personally, Montgomery or Rommel for there actions in the desert
    Patton for battle of the bulge
  3. Thunderbox

    Thunderbox Member

    "Best general" is completely open to interpretation. Some generals were brilliant tacticians but poor leaders, some were good battlefield commanders but poor politicians, some were just plain lucky in being in the right place at the right time, some did a brilliant job in hopeless circumstances, whilst others gained glory on the back of overwhelming force against a depleted enemy.

    Do you have a narrower definition in mind?
  4. Five-Five

    Five-Five Senior Member

    Welcome aboard.

    I agree, 'best general' is rather a wide field, but for tactical ability and leadership of men I'd have to say Bernard Law Montgomery. A common choice I know, but I do believe it.

    A prime example of Montgomery's way with the men under his command is his addressing 231st Inf Bde in 1943. He told the brigade how much he valued their achievements and that he wished to take them with him wherever he was to go - this, apparently, caused a great muttering of disappointment amoungst the ranks.

    Montgomery's response to this was to add, with a grin; "Of course, I may go to England...."

    According to the account, a great cheer erupted from the ranks!

    Alternatively, possibly Brian Horrocks. But then, I suppose I am a little biased in XXX Corps' favour...

  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Best General of World War Two?

    I thought progressed beyond these types of questions years ago.

    I don't want to spam the forum
    But you did.
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