Oh, I would never say the quick defeat of the Atlantic Wall was solely his responsibility. There were all kinds of failures that day from the German end. And I'm also very aware of why he wasn't in El Alamein and clearly he's not entirely to blame for that defeat. My point is that for the two most critical battles of his tenure, he was absent. Whether that was his fault or not is not relevant for the point I was making. I think it helps him escape some of the culpability because you couldn't look at decisions during those battles and tie them directly to him. It was actually indecision that killed the Germans in Normandy. Has anyone with any decisiveness been present on June 6, it could have been a completely battle.
The one thing we disagree on is how seriously he took the logistics problems in North Africa. It's not like these problems weren't easy to forsee. And you said yourself his "attack at all costs" mentality came back to bite him at times. He lacked foresight and Africa is a great example. They should never have found themselves in the situation they found themselves in at Norht Africa, and Rommel put them there. He was told to defend their holdings there, and he ignored that with complete disregard for the logistical nightmare it would create. And it's not like his victories in North Africa were coming against elite British soldiers.
It's not that I think he was without his strengths, he was just in over his head commanding an entire theatre and has somehow managed to solidfy a reputation in the west a great military commander when he wasn't all that good. He was more famous than he was good, and he never had to command an army on the eastern front, which is another reason he's been able to retain such a reputation. If he was such a great commander, why would he not be used at all in the most important operation in the entire war? Germany has some great military leaders in WWII who most people have never heard of. I might be being a little hard of him, but it's more because he's hyped to a level much higher than he merited. And FWIW, I'm also not the biggest fan of MacArthur for some of the same reasons. And I'm a huge fan of Omar Bradely, who often gets overlooked by casual WWII observers.
And we're researching and referencing now?
Boy, I'm going have to start doing my homework to participate. I've always had a policy of not doing research for posting on this site. I might have to rethink that now. I'm now in my 30s, my memory isn't as good as it used to be.