Re: History Buffs - Patton vs Rommel
The fact that enigma was cracked by the allies renders most comparisons enigmatic at best...
Pretty easy to disrupt logistics when you know when and where the convoy is going to be. It also tended to screw up what should have otherwise been a fairly normal distribution (somewhat random) of ships that were intercepted in the Mediterranean. I would guess that to some degree a General in that kind of situation would have to calculate the odds of such efficient disruptions as being pretty remote. The biggest key to the North African campaign, and perhaps the general war in Europe, was the fact that the Allies were able to hide the fact that they had broken enigma.