posted on Oct, 10 2011 @ 08:32 AM
Both were damn the flanks, full speed ahead. Patton started in cavalry , and Rommel in infantry and both had to learn armored tactics on the fly. If
you were to give the same logistics, and not have a idiot dictator for a leader, Rommel wins hands down.
He had the benefit of not being on the Western Front in WW1, so his mindset was already set on Blitzkrieg tactics.
Patton read Rommel's book "Infantry Attacks". 7th Panzer Division didn't earn the nickname "Ghost Division" in France for nothing.
Rommel's men loved him. (even the SS trooper that was driving when Rommel had to commit suicide wept when he saw the body). A lot of Patton's men
didn't care for him, "Our blood, his guts". (but they still respected him).
One book I recommend is "Inside The Nazi War Machine", by Bevin Alexander, it tells how much of visionaries that Von Manstein, Guderian, and Rommel
were. The Afrika Korps was also never brought up for any war crimes.
A side note from that, in North Africa , the British and Germans had a cease-fire agreement (between the commanders) for 5 or 6 PM, after that time
they would radio each other and make sure they had everyone, inform
who they captured, and who was missing. (sometimes trade goods under the table).
So, yes, Rommel hands down.
Thanks for reading. All comments/criticism appreciated.