Wilfried Abenaschon wrote: ↑
08 Jul 2002 21:56
Starinov wrote:In his memoirs from March/April 1945, Gobbels writes that Stalin has even better generals than Hitler and should be proud of them...
Poor Göbbels ; the truth is that the Russians had better spies ! The Germans had probably the best generals of all time (as a whole)... At least on a tactic grounds ; but in matter of organisation, the Americans and the British were probably better. Hard to tell...
Though this thread is 20 years old, I saw a passage from page 4 of the book Stalin's Generals
that should be of relevance to Goebbels' assessment of Stalin's top generals:
At Potsdam in 1945, [Stalin] told Churchill's interpreter, 'We have good generals in the Soviet Army, but so have you and the Americans. Only ours lack breeding and their manners are bad. Our people have a long way to go!'
Given that Stalin told an interpreter for Churchill that the US and UK had generals about as good as Stalin's top generals (e.g. Georgy Zhukov), the hint by Goebbels about the quality of Soviet military officers compared to that of Hitler's top generals raises questions about whether any German generals who were captured before or after V-E Day ever came to admit that American, British, and Soviet generals were much better than those of Nazi Germany's top generals, considering that General George Patton was feared by the Germans more than any other Allied general of World War II.