|View single post by Texas Defender|
|Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2010 01:47 am||
| While the analogy isn't perfect, I would compare General Patton to General Sherman, at least when it came to military operations.
For one thing, both generals were considered eccentric, if not crazy, by some of their contemporaries.
Both generals had a sense of history and both were knowledgeable about military history. They were students of the military art.
Both generals made great plans based on great ideas, and both were convinced that their great ideas (Unlike those of others) would succeed. They were not conventional types for their day.
Both generals believed in mobile operations, and static line operations were anathemas to them. Both believed in deep penetrations of enemy territory to create panic in his rear. Both believed in the value of demoralizing the enemy.
Both generals would accept taking casualties to accomplish the mission, but not in simply wasting their mens lives in never ending battles of attrition. They believed in decisive strokes against the enemy.
So there you have some perhaps questionable analysis of two generals by someone who wasn't trusted to be made one.