Andy H wrote:Consider this. The 'millions saved' is not a wild exaggeration. Just one example makes the case. How many lives would have been saved without the Dresden fire bombing had the war ended in 1944?
Maybe I'm mising your point but what has this to do with Montgomery. Are you suggesting that Montgomery had the power to end the war by the end of 1944?
Yes, Monty was the CO at those critical and decisive junctures. These include: 1- North Africa after El Alamien. 2- Normandy, early on when Caen should have been captured and was not. 3- Normandy, not closing the Falaise, noose 4- Market Garden. Strategic blunder where Ike is culpible and Monty for strategy through command. Important but less decisive was the Antwerp & the Scheldt estuary fiasco.The comparision of Patton's attacks at the West Wall to Monty's monumental failures is laughable, in the big picture. The Germans lucky enough to get out of Falaise would agree
The reason for this tentative anology was to show that all 'great' Generals have there Arnhem's so to speak. Everyone remembers Pattons dramatic dash across France, the drive to Bastogne etc but they 'forget' his plodding and inept campaign in the Lorriane area which cost thousands of US soldiers lives.True to form, he plodded in Africa and failed to press forward for the complete victory, the total destruction of the German African Army, immediately after El Alamien.
Unless I'm mistaken the Allies did win a complete victory in North Africa. Are you assuming that if Montgomery had been more aggressive the campaign in North Africa would have been over earlier. If so where's your proof?.
No proof exists. Informed opinions abound on both sides of this matter. Off the cuff, good reads about Montgomery's generalship include:
Desert Generals Barnett
Decision in Normandy DEste
Citizen Soldiers Ambrose
I know some of the German generals had some things to say about Monty and will take a look see at those books when time allows.