Genesis of the Field Artillery - Page 2




 
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Boots
 
January 2nd, 2004  
GuyontheRight
 
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They are the ones that cut his supplies and killed a bunch of his men when they got stuck with nowhere to retreat to.
But think back to that time, was it really practical to give his army all the supplies and send him blindly into the Ruhr? After all, their were still Germans all over Europe that needed to be mobbed up, and as long as the Germans were contained, which they were. And who could have predicted the cold war then? yes I know Patton is said to have been skeptical of the Russians, but I think that was more him not liking communism then anything else. I agree with you, politics can get in the way, bu I think it's essential to understand why decisions are made. After all, it's not like Ike, Monty and the crew wanted the allies to lose.
January 4th, 2004  
diplomatic_means
 
Patton wouldn't have went blindly into the Ruhr because he had the best intelligence officers in the war under his command. If he had taken out Berlin the German army wouldn't have anyone to command troops because unlike our American officers the Germans weren't ever with their men at the front lines. Without the officers the Germans would be forced to surrender no matter where they were because back then people were civilized enough to not mess with guerilla warfare. Ike knew or should have known Patton would have taken Berlin if given the supplies because Patton always did what he said he was going to do. He never let Ike down and Ike was the only one who had enough faith in him to bring him back into the war after Sicily. Ike should have known better and given him the supplies if he really wanted the war over with fast.
January 5th, 2004  
GuyontheRight
 
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Without the officers the Germans would be forced to surrender no matter where they were because back then people were civilized enough to not mess with guerilla warfa
By that time Himmler was already setting up the first German geurilla units, who would fight for nearly a year after the war was over. Most of these men were Hitler Youth and the like, so there zeal was unmatched. They were also properly trained. Yes, I conceed Patton could have probobly taken the Rurh, but if he rushed into Berlin without the Russian front at what cost would it be to him?
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Boots
January 19th, 2007  
Sevens
 
 
Pretty good.
January 19th, 2007  
tomtom22
 
 


January 21st, 2007  
Team Infidel
 
 
I had to read this at a Saint Barbaras night.. i love it..