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  • Guderian vs. Nimitz (Round 1)

    Here are some facts for each player to help you in your voting (From Wikipedia):

    Heinz Wilhelm Guderian (17 June 1888 – 14 May 1954) was a military theorist and innovative General of the German Army during the Second World War. Germany's panzer forces were raised and fought according to his works, best-known among them Achtung - Panzer! He held posts as Panzer Corps commander, Panzer Army commander, Inspector-General of Armored Troops, and chief of staff of the army (Chef des Generalstabs des Heeres). He rose to the rank of full general (Generaloberst) or Colonel General in July 1940. Although he never became a Field Marshal, Guderian is recognized as one of the most prominent generals of WWII.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinz_Wilhelm_Guderian

    Chester William Nimitz (February 24, 1885 – February 20, 1966) was the Commander in Chief of Pacific Forces for the United States and Allied forces during World War II. He was the United States' leading authority on submarines, as well as Chief of the Navy's Bureau of Navigation in 1939. He was his country's last surviving Fleet Admiral.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Nimitz
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    Nimitz
    32.81%
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    Guderian
    67.19%
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  • #2
    Crikey that's a hard one - Nimitz' success vs. Guderian's theories.

    Guderian for me I'm afraid - I read his book!

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    • #3
      Gudy for me too

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      • #4
        Guderian. His application proved his theories.

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        • #5
          As much as I hate it; Guederian. Papa Bear of the Panzerwaffe.
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          • #6
            Guderian gets my vote.
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            • #7
              Schnell Heinz for me!
              If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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              • #8
                This is actually kind of an interesting comparison as both leaders were visionary in their approach to strategy. Still, Guderian gets the nod from me as the effects of his thinking are still felt today.

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                • #9
                  I went with Nimitz. Guderian and the Panzers got all the buzz but War II was decided as much on the ocean as on land. Without the US ability to supply GB and the USSR, the war could have been much different.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CyberRanger View Post
                    I went with Nimitz. Guderian and the Panzers got all the buzz but War II was decided as much on the ocean as on land. Without the US ability to supply GB and the USSR, the war could have been much different.
                    But what did Nimitz have to do with that, exactly?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DingBat View Post
                      But what did Nimitz have to do with that, exactly?
                      Really nothing directly. We could argue his success in the Pacific enabled the Atlantic Fleet to operate without the temptation to pull vessels from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

                      I was really talking more generically. I think history in general focuses more on the land wars than on the naval battles. Yet, the wet battles can be just as important, especially when long watery supply lines are involved.

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                      • #12
                        I went with the father of Panzer warfare
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Airchallenged View Post
                          I went with the father of Panzer warfare
                          Marshal Tukhachevskii??
                          If you can't set a good example, be a glaring warning.

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                          • #14
                            Guderian, although he's not one of my favorites.
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                            • #15
                              Nimitz.

                              This is where the popularity contests become confusing.

                              How does a Nazi General suck-up, rate higher than the Supreme Allied Commander, Pacific Theater (leader of the largest campaign in the entire HISTORY OF THE WORLD!!??!!???)
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