Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tankers Tuesday: Patton - Rommel, You Magnificent Bastard

A critically acclaimed film that won a total of eight Academy Awards® (Including Best Picture), Patton is a riveting portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest military geniuses. George Patton was the only allied general truly feared by the Nazis. Charismatic and flamboyant, Patton designed his own uniforms, sported ivory-handled six-shooters, and believed he was a warrior in past lives. He out-maneuvered Rommel in Africa, and after D-Day led his troops in an unstoppable campaign across Europe.


Archduke Piccolo said...

Rommel's defeat in North Africa was not down to George Patton. True, Patton was a vast improvement over Lt-General Fredendall as commander of US 2nd Corps, but that didn't happen until March 1943. By that time Rommel's counter-offensive in Tunisia had been contained, and the German line pulled back whence the offensive had started.

Patton replaced Fredendall the day Rommel launch his counter-offensive against 8th Army in south Tunisia. Alerted well ahead of time by Ultra, Montgomery was able to set up what amounted to an ambush that cost the Axis 55 tanks.

Thereafter, with the failure of Ochsenkopf, it was all downhill for the Axis. Patton played a significant role in this, attacking in the north to capture Bizerta the same day the British V Corps took Tunis. By this time, Rommel had long since departed the African theatre for good.

Don M said...

All true points, and was even pointed out by one of Patton's aids in the film....