Germany's Greatest General

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Who Is Germany's Greatest General?

  1. Rommel, Field Marshal Erwin

    67 vote(s)
    56.3%
  2. Guderian, Colonel-General Heinz

    25 vote(s)
    21.0%
  3. Kesselring, General Albert

    7 vote(s)
    5.9%
  4. von Manstein, Field Marshal Erich

    26 vote(s)
    21.8%
  5. von Rundstedt, Field Marshal Gerd

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  6. von Kluge, Field Marshal G√ľnther Hans

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Keitel, Field Marshal Wilhelm

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  8. Fromm, Colonel-General Friedrich

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  9. Jodl, Colonel-General Alfred

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  10. von Manteuffel, General of Panzer Troops Hasso

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Paulus, Field Marshal Friedrich

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  12. Other

    6 vote(s)
    5.0%
  1. Njaco

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    Who was Germany's Greatest General during WWII? I've listed a few below and in my opinion I would take Rommel. But was there some one better? For an insight of their careers check this site:

    Generals from Germany
     
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    I voted Rommel for obvious reasons.
     
  4. Njaco

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    Thanks for adding the others. Didn't know exactly who to add! :)
     
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    I only added a few more that were prominant people. I am not saying they are the best or not. Some were even tried and put to death in Nurnberg.
     
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    No prob - agreed.

    I picked Rommel because he seemed to have a very good grasp of not only tank tactics but warfare in general. And most of his downfalls - if you will - were caused by lack of supplies or cooperation with his superiors. From North Africa to Normandy he fought a battle against his boss on the right course of action which in the end he was justified.
     
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    Rommel here too, with Guderian right under him.
     
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    Actually those were my top 3 - Rommel, Guderian and Kesselring. The first two are obvious but Kesselring I thought fought a good fight in Italy.
     
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    I went for Rommel. I don't know enough about Kesselring or Guderian to have an opinion on them.
     
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    Yes he did Njaco. Actually, I'd completely agree with your top three......in that order.
     
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    Rommel, then Guderian with Kesselring in third.
     
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    Definitely Rommel and second Guderian as for third I don't have one...
     
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    Going with Manstien. Nothing against Rommel, but he famous in the west where Manstien was more of an eastern general. Did a great job too.

    Second, I would go with Guderian. In the same run as other Tank generals. Wrote the book on it.
     
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    Rommel, Guderian and Smiling Albert. Albert did a good job in Italy, especially for a LW general.
     
  16. Njaco

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    ok, so I gotta come up with a better poll and not something so obvious! :)
     
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    Karl Doenitz is worth mentioning eh?
     
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    He was an Admiral...

    But considering that Kesselring was only a Luftwaffe guy he did pretty damn good with defensive ground troops.
     
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    I would accept Doenitz as he was head of his department. Wasn't Raeder better?
     
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    Rommel, definitely. He was a true general, his head wasn't addled with ideaologies and he wasn't hellbent on persecuting those who didn't fit in.
    Guderian was also a great general, he led the way in tank warfare theory and practice in my view
     
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