It seems unkind to compare Montgomery with Bradley as Montgomery was unquestionably the better General.
Oh, I agree completely, but I was talking about generalship. I meant the toxic personalities that underlay the public persona of each. Bradley in many ways was a manipulative, vindictive, little snot whose public persona was carefully crafted by PR. What made it especially bad was that as the last living five-star, in a similar way to Monty, he got to massage the narrative to put himself in the best light during the 1960s and 1970s.
It really hurts the image of Hodges and Bradley when you start really looking into the Battle of the Bulge.
Yep...except for the quiet competence of Gerow and Robertson it seems likely First Army might have folded in the first days of the German offensive. The evacuation of First Army TAC was a [email protected]# and the lack of firm operational control over Ridgway and XVIII Corps nearly led to a second disaster prevented by the time arrival of? Monty!
However, later, Bradley's demoralization led to his failure to stand up to Monty when it came to the decision on how to crush the Bulge. Rather than back Patton's aggressive plan to follow doctrine and pinch off the base, he agreed to Monty's decision to meet in the middle, allowing the Germans a relatively easy withdrawal.