I remember that Churchill had a military advisor who he described as a hard headed Ulsterman. Churchill often disagreed with him but still valued his advice.
I know Eisenhower was a career Army man but he had no combat experience. He was a good administrator but I wonder if he had an advisor.
IKEA’s greatest mistake was allowing Monty to execute Market Garden, instead of directing him to seize the Scheldt Estuary. IMHO, if Antwerp had been opened, the European war would have ended in 1944.
After reading Rick Atkinson's trilogy about the US Army in WW2, about the only guy I came away with a heightened impression of was Eisenhower. There's nobody else who could have done the diplomatic dance of keeping the US and Britain cooperating effectively with each other, and dealing with all the prima donna generals in both armies. At the end of the war, Montgomery actually came to him and apologized for being such a pain in the ass.
> I know Eisenhower was a career Army man but he had no combat experience. He was a good administrator but I wonder if he had an advisor. <
Ike spent some time working as an aide to Douglas MacArthur. Neither man liked the other much.
MacArthur once referred to Eisenhower as the best clerk he ever had. And Eisenhower said that for seven years he studied dramatics under MacArthur.
Eisenhower was a logistical genius and project manager.
He was not the subject matter expert on martial matters.
He was a man who listened, and Omar Bradley was someone to listen to. In my manufacturing engineering career, I always remembered one of Ike’s favorite sayings. “ It’s amazing what you can get done if you don’t care who gets the credit.” I always gave my departmental or project credit to the workers. It’s amazing how much cooperation you can get by acknowledging others contributions. I also took the failures as my failure, and got the folks working with me to get things back on track by asking for their ideas and help. 1 brain and two eyes or 40 brains and 80 eyes. I know which way is more likely to be successful in solving problems.
“I know Eisenhower was a career Army man but he had no combat experience. He was a good administrator but I wonder if he had an advisor.”
Before the war, Eisenhower himself was an advisor to Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines. Years later, when somebody asked Eisenhower if he had met MacArthur, he answered, I studied dramatics under him for seven years. And the first president of the Philippines, Manuel Quezon, liked Eisenhower, because while MacArthur tended to describe every situation as better than it really was, Eisenhower answered all his questions truthfully.
it has been said (and I think proven) that amateurs talk of strategy but the pros talk logistics.