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Who would win in an equal fight?

  1. Patton (71 votes [37.17%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 37.17%

  2. Rommel (120 votes [62.83%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 62.83%

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WaggishKnave1 #1 Posted 12 September 2014 - 06:56 PM

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I bet Rommel. Don't get my wrong, Patton was a great general, but I don't think he could hold off hundreds of British tanks in only 50 or so Pz. 3s and early Pz. 4s at el alamein. Who do you think would win? P.S. please post your reasoning in the comments.

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fat vs thin #2 Posted 12 September 2014 - 07:41 PM

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I chose Rommel, why, he had a much better understanding of how to conduct tank warfare before the USA entered the war which put Patton behind in progress. Don't get me wrong, Patton was a really good commander but he had many tanks at his call and many more on the way. Rommel did what he could with the few tanks he had and used them effectively. Patton beat the german tank force by the end of the war because of the sheer number of tanks that the USA could produce within a short time where as the Germans were struggling to get out a few tanks because of the diminishing German resources by the end of the war.

 


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View Postfat vs thin, on 12 September 2014 - 03:41 PM, said:

I chose Rommel, why, he had a much better understanding of how to conduct tank warfare before the USA entered the war which put Patton behind in progress. Don't get me wrong, Patton was a really good commander but he had many tanks at his call and many more on the way. Rommel did what he could with the few tanks he had and used them effectively. Patton beat the german tank force by the end of the war because of the sheer number of tanks that the USA could produce within a short time where as the Germans were struggling to get out a few tanks because of the diminishing German resources by the end of the war.

 

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I know rommel would win easily, but in a bar fight, my money is on patton.

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View PostXxDAFFYxxDUCKxX, on 12 September 2014 - 08:54 PM, said:

I know rommel would win easily, but in a bar fight, my money is on patton.

 

Yes I would probably put a bet on Patton in a bar fight between the 2.

 


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View PostXxDAFFYxxDUCKxX, on 12 September 2014 - 08:54 PM, said:

I know rommel would win easily, but in a bar fight, my money is on patton.

 

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Patton would win in a bar fight. Rommel might win in a strategic tank battle. Both were excellent tank strategist. 

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FatAngrySmurf #8 Posted 18 September 2014 - 12:42 AM

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 I feel that Patton had a better feel for armoured tactics then Rommel did, but I feel that Rommel had a better overall strategic overview of situations then Patton

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View PostXxDAFFYxxDUCKxX, on 12 September 2014 - 02:54 PM, said:

I know rommel would win easily, but in a bar fight, my money is on patton.

 

please OP add that as a new question to the poll.....

 

rommel was the better, but with Hitler being a crab a$$ and his fewer tanks, there was only so much he could do, especially with the pz 3 and early pz 4 being far inferior to the sherman


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View PostCount De Beer, on 17 September 2014 - 07:42 PM, said:

 I feel that Patton had a better feel for armoured tactics then Rommel did, but I feel that Rommel had a better overall strategic overview of situations then Patton

 

i would agree

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I wonder if the OP has noticed that it's possible to vote for both...

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Patton is my choice, he was ruthless and a tough commander. The only reason he was pulled from Africa was because he was suspended for slapping and threatening to kill soldiers with shell shock, Rommel is the greatest armor commander of our time still, the dessert fox was the best but he was the nicer of the two. When war comes down to it, I think Patton would of won
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I think Wellington would have won with a better mastery of heavy cavalry. Oops, wrong century lol...

Corporal Upham #14 Posted 18 September 2014 - 09:04 PM

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The one with the better supply lines would win.

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It depends on the period of WW2 they have to face each other as field commander. In the Desert War era, Rommel had the technical advantage because German armors were better than what US and British has. German already deploying the 8.8cm AT/AA gun in the Desert War era.

 

Rommel was no longer in the field comes 1944 during the Normandy campaign. Even if he was out in Normandy, there were little he could have done to get the suitable units to face the Allied Force. Hitler had the ultimate control by then and nobody can move nothing until he gave the permission. He was sleeping and by the time he woke up, it was too late. Also it would have to be bad weather so the Allied air covers could not fly before the Germans would have a chance, Rommel or another commanding officer.


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Patton beat Rommel in North Africa.  It happened.  So what is the point of the question?  Both were incredible generals.

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View Postdjschaaf62, on 19 September 2014 - 02:20 PM, said:

Patton beat Rommel in North Africa.  It happened.  So what is the point of the question?  Both were incredible generals.

 

Hmmm........Patton "helped" to beat a resource starved, heavily depleted Afrika Korp.

 

I think the question was "Who would win in an equal fight?"

 

My take on that would be similar numbers of equal tanks with equal supplies. I would go with Rommel personally, very astute tactician in armoured warfare.

 

Also I may be incorrect, but I was led to believe Patton had been taught tank warfare based on WW1 principles/experiences, & sped his learning curve on tank warfare by reading books written by Rommel pre WW2.

 

That being said, he was a quick learner & also proved to be a great tank general by wars end. Had a lot of foresight too with what was to unfold in Eastern Europe post war.



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It really depends upon the situation. I'm not convinced Patton could defend effectively simply because he was always looking to attack. I'm also not sure, if things were equal, that Rommel could really hold off a Patton offensive without preparation well in advance because Patton was so aggressive in pushing an advantage. Yes that is something that can be taken advantage of but not without a proper set up. Rommel was always given time in Africa. In the end this will always be an unknown.

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View Postdcr66, on 18 September 2014 - 07:42 PM, said:

It depends on the period of WW2 they have to face each other as field commander. In the Desert War era, Rommel had the technical advantage because German armors were better than what US and British has. German already deploying the 8.8cm AT/AA gun in the Desert War era.

 

Rommel was no longer in the field comes 1944 during the Normandy campaign. Even if he was out in Normandy, there were little he could have done to get the suitable units to face the Allied Force. Hitler had the ultimate control by then and nobody can move nothing until he gave the permission. He was sleeping and by the time he woke up, it was too late. Also it would have to be bad weather so the Allied air covers could not fly before the Germans would have a chance, Rommel or another commanding officer.

 

Rommel suggested to hitler to move the panzer divisions that were in central france to normandy cause he thought thats where the allies would attack

 

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Rommel

 

I would bet on Rommel if he was up against Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, or Darth Vader (assuming he commanded armies from the relevant era)

 

 






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