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  • Winston Churchill

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  • Clement Attlee

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  • Mao Zedong

    2 6.25%
  • Charles de Gaulle

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  • Joseph Stalin

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

    6 18.75%
  • Harry S. Truman

    1 3.13%
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

    12 37.50%
  • George S. Patton

    3 9.38%
  • Dirk Jan de Geer

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    Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    Of all the important men surrounding the Allied Forces in the 1940s, who was the most important leader of them all?
    Last edited by Burning Giraffe; 05-21-09 at 12:48 PM.
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    Re: Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    Of all the important men surrounding the Allied Forces in the 1940s, who was the most important leader of them all?
    As in "Leader of men": G.S. Patton, jr.

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    Re: Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    As in "Leader of men": G.S. Patton, jr.
    Leader of men, leader of nations. G.S. Patton was a brilliant leader and his leadership was extremely important.
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    Re: Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    Voted Roosevelt.

    But why were the options limited to Allied leaders?

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    Re: Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Voted Roosevelt.

    But why were the options limited to Allied leaders?
    Because, as I research the Axis leaders, I'm preparing a poll for them as well. I think it would be pointless to include them together.
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    Re: Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    Leader of men, leader of nations. G.S. Patton was a brilliant leader and his leadership was extremely important.
    The term "leader" is, of course, open to interpretation.
    FDR could not do what GSP did, and vice versa.

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    Re: Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    Patton, hands down.

    He was the only one of the Allied generals to suffer fewer casualties than he inflicted. He also was the only general the Nazi's feared.

    He turned the American troops in North Africa from a disorganized and dispirited force after Kasserine Pass into a disciplined fighting force, without which Rommel would never have been forced out of North Africa.

    Without Patton, the Allies would never have broken out of Normandy, and would have been ground to pieces in the hedgerows.

    Without Patton, the Allies would not have been able to stop the last German offensive during the Battle of the Bulge, by driving through to Bastogne. Even the Germans did not believe he would be able to turn his forces 90 degrees and race north as he did.

    Without Patton, the war in Europe would have lasted longer, and potentially would have been lost by the Allies.

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    Re: Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    lol Who voted for Dirk Jan de Geer?
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    Re: Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    How can one truly measure importance or greatness?

    Stalin's was certainly the most important, as he had dictatorial power and his personal choices could not be challenged. Democratic leaders never the kind of power he did. Stalin's failures are what let the Germans easily invade in 41, and his ruthless tenacity sacrificed enough men and land to stop the advance. However, nothing Stalin did was particularly skilled or inventive, not really making him a great leader


    Zhukov won the most decisive battles (on the allied side) during the war, but how much was do to his personal input? Kursk would probably have happened even with another commander.

    Churchill made a crucial choice to say in the war, but how many others would have made the same choice? Sure Halifax wanted peace, but Churchill was hardly alone in his desire to continue fighting.

    I think that Hitler can be considered the single driving figure behind WW2, the allies mostly just figured out how to combine their incredible industrial power to eventually stop him.

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    Re: Who Was the Greatest Leader in the 1940s?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burning Giraffe View Post
    Of all the important men surrounding the Allied Forces in the 1940s, who was the most important leader of them all?
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