Rich wrote: Interestingly enough, no, he is an American in the Southwest, who likes to shoot rattlesnakes from his porch. Not sure where he got the hairshirt regarding Gavin, but he was really vehement about it. He also believed Gavin had a vendetta against the M1 Carbine and had all his troops armed with the Garand because of it, which somehow caused them to turn in a "poor performance". Oh, and in Normandy "everybody performed poorly" although he didn't blame Gavin directly for that, but rather the poor drops. It was truly all a bit surreal. Anyway, here's a bit from the Admin History 21 Army Gp...
Well that's a surprise, assumed it would be a Brit as I've seen the same misguided criticism over Nijmegen & the Groesbeek Heights levelled at Gavin a few times by Brits. i suppose we have eccentrics & weirdos on both sides of the Pond, ours just tend not to be armed...
Cheers for putting up the stuff from 21st Army Group history, seen most of that but not in one lump like that. Ref the bit about 30 Corps need for speed, I note there is no mention of the 30 Corps order forbidding any vehicle movement whatsoever on the main axis during the hours of darkness, which reduced the window for movement to just twelve hours in every twenty-four hour period.
Re your last, have you read Corps Commanders. Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-45 by Douglas E. Delaney? has a shot bio on Horrocks but also compares him to other Corps commanders (mainly of Canadian persuasion).
One mistake that is repeated is trying to cram too much traffic through too few roads, and that happened on both sides at different times as a commander tries to put more combat power to achieve an objective as fast as possible creating massive traffic jams.
Er, somehow George Patton managed to put seven divisions in three corps through the Pontabault Bridge bottleneck - a single major road from Avranches feeding into it - over the course of three days, without major hiccups or traffic jams. I suspect it may have had something to do with high quality staff work and preparation, which is something a good commander needs to do if they want to put maximum combat power to bear to achieve an objective.
Indeed, but this is one aspect that is often overlooked when assessing a commander.
Edited by RETAC21, 16 January 2019 - 1307 PM.