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Old 01-10-2015, 09:30 AM
Location: Proxima Centauri
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Originally Posted by PeaceAndLove42 View Post
These are two generals that are quite controversial, from what I have heard MacArthur was all about using nukes against China during the Korean War which is why he was dismissed and Patton treated his troops very badly, beating them and constantly treating them as if they were trash.
MacArthur was a good general. His tactic of choking the Japanese off in their southern bases was brilliant. His invasion of Inchon was daring and indicative of his excellent understanding of exposed flanks and supply lines. His ego however got him fired. He didn't understand the big picture when he insisted on bringing the war into China. Russia had the bomb and was itching for an excuse to take all of Berlin if we were were bogged down in China. He called Eisenhauer the best aid that he ever had. MacArthur went after the WW1 veterans with the flat of his sword when the Bonus Army occupied Washington.

To look at Patton we must look at the trio of Ike, Bradley and Patton and how they drove the Germans back into Germany. In the Battle of the Bulge, (Germany's last gasp on the western front), Patton relieved Bastogne. Bastogne was strategically important and it's capture may have put the port of Antwerp in range of the Germans. Patton was not political. He made careless remarks and what is worse is that the American press could have lost us a great general. Rommel was a great general too. Patton was lucky to some extent that the Bohemian Corporal was running the western front.

To the PO: I am afraid that in warfare the end justifies the means. Men like this win wars. Warfare is not for the mediocre.
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Old 01-10-2015, 11:39 AM
Location: The South
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I am sure General MacArthur had his faults, but he sure did draw a nice crowd upon his return from Korea.
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