Patton was probably the 'fightingest' general on the Allied side in WW2
- a Phil Sheridan type - he drove his Army hard and kept them sharp.
He also made the remark,after he was given the green light to break-out, something to the effect
'that he would move so fast, eastwards and then northwards, that the British would be driven
into the sea for a second Dunkirk' this was all tongues in the cheeks stuff
and had to do with projecting an image.
Patton was assigned to the 15th Army - Fifteenth was an army in name only,
a paper outfit with no troops, no equipment and no mission -
was because he retained Nazi Germans in office to run local authorities, 'because they were the only ones who had the experience'
and he went on to compare the Nazi thing as like 'a Democratic and Republican election fight'.
He is buried in Luxembourg and it said that on the third day many gathered by his graveside....
The Red Army (surely the mightiest Army in history?) with its superior armour
- probably only the British 'Centurion' just going into production would have matched the T-34;
with swarms of Yak 3's and Yak 9's to win air superiority - the same planes flew rings around the 109 et 190 opposition;
with its manpower - nearly all of a Soviet division's 'slice' were fighting men;
intelligence services which knew the cards the Allies held and how they would play them.
My forecast: the Red Army to reach the Atlantic in 7-10 days.
Stalin had been kept fully briefed on atomic weapons research and was intelligent enough to know that he no longer held the ace of trumps.
A Warsaw Pact war plan for 1964 and declassified by the Czech government shows that it was estimated,
on the Czech Army front facing US 7th Army and a German Corps, that they would reach Lyons on D+8.