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    In my opinion Ike's greatest contribution to the allied cause post June 6th 1944 was political, in that he generally kept the peace amongst the allied high command. Its from this i would pose a few questions...

    Assuming the political will supported such a move, would a more 'hands on' (in terms of formulating strategic planning and direct operational involvement) General have benefited the allies?

    If you agree then who would you have chosen and why, and if not why not?

    Assuming you took this role from June 6th onwards, what overall strategy for the war in the west would you have followed... given that on your assumption of command, Berlin would be considered a viable and politically essential strategic objective for capture by Western allied forces?

    Regards

    Gaz

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    Originally posted by allsirgarnet View Post
    Assuming the political will supported such a move, would a more 'hands on' (in terms of formulating strategic planning and direct operational involvement) General have benefited the allies?
    Ike (or someone in his role) should have had NO operational involvement. There were lots of folks below him to work out the issues of campaigns, allowing him to focus on the strategic issues, and no, I would not argue for a more hands-on role -- I think he had plenty on his plate already as the strategic commander, without interfering with the actions of his subordinates.
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