- Jan 2015
- Front Lines of the Pig War
I'm not sure any other general could have done what Wellington did in the Peninsular campaign. Would Wellington have performed better in Market Garden? I would like to think so. Monty is not a bad general by any means, but not in the same league as the Duke. You can only really compare them properly with their contemporaries; one was the best commander of his generation whilst the other wasn't.
Could Monty have secured the Rhine crossing in Market Garden? He almost certainly would have - had he actually been put in charge of the operation! (For the record, Monty commanded "Garden" but not "Market")
The failure to secure & hold the Arnhem bridge during Market Garden was due the man who (properly) admitted responsibility for it - one Dwight D Eisehower.