General Sir Brian Horrocks....




 
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August 17th, 2004  
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Topic: General Sir Brian Horrocks....


What is the board opinion of the leadership qualities of General Sir Brian Horrocks?? and if he wasn't the best English commander(overall) in WW2 then opine on who was.
August 17th, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
this man, it would appear, is the english equivelant of the american general omar bradly...he could be the equivelant of the british soldiers general. one with a very fine war record but possibly the real genius behind montgomery. I like him....
August 18th, 2004  
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I too , could find no major flaws in his direction Mark , and believe that would likely be the consensus(although it would appear to be a rather small sampling of you and I ). I am wondering though , how many would tab him as the best overall that England had.....perhaps Alexander??
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August 18th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
Quote:
"I have always regarded the forward edge of battle as the most exclusive club in the world."
-Lt.Gen Sir Brian Gwynne Horrocks (1895-1995)
("A Full Life" 1960)
http://www.military-quotes.com/database/h.htm
It's a verified quote, I got it from some personal friends of him..
August 18th, 2004  
gjc
 
Interesting post on a much overlooked British General. However, the question was asked if he was the greatest British General of WWII and in my most humble opinion, he was not. That honour most go the FM Slim, commander of the 14th Army in Burma who, to quote the title of his autobiography, took an Army from defeat to victory. If anyone is unfamiliar with Slim I suggest you read Defeat to Victory. I dare you not to be impressed!
August 19th, 2004  
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Redleg ,

Thank you for the quote.....haven't seen that one before.
August 19th, 2004  
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Thank you for opining GJC
August 19th, 2004  
David Hurlbert
 
As for General Horrocks, in my opinion he should be noted and discussed under a separate forum topic for Great Britain like the

Who was the worst American general or battlefield tactician?

He made blunder after blunder and cost the lives of a good many American airborne warriors and British soldiers. Well, for those of you who are visual, I suggest you see the movie, The Bridge Too Far, there you will at least get an idea of the leadership skills of General Horrocks. Despite my negative bias and dislike for his military operations, I still think General Douglas MacArthur was still far worse.
August 19th, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
david: i really have to call you on that one.

In all the searching i have done for this particular General, no where was there any mention of the fiasco scenarios you mentioned in your post, especially market garden that are directly attribitable to general Horricks tactical or leadership skills.

Can you at least post a link or a reference to back up what you have said about this general? Because in truth, like i said, i havent found anything in the references backing your claim.

not trying to start a flame war...just interested as this is very counter to what i have seen...
August 20th, 2004  
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I have to agree with Mark here , there is no indication that Horrocks was in any way culpable for the Arnem scenario , nor was it an indication of Horrocks ability or lack thereof....and BTW David , I re-enact WW2 British airborne , so I have seen my Market Garden DVD enough to where I can recite the lines before the actors do