cormallen wrote:Hi Peter,
Not sure about Beatty = Patton ?!
More like Dowding (slightly dour and cautious technocrat who knows what he is doing and how important not losing is) for Jellicoe and Leigh-Mallory (enthusiastic self publicist with a deluded view of how things work and a tendency to back stab his 'enemies' and re-write history to edit them out) = Beatty perhaps?
Dunno... interesting thread of thought... any other offers..
I would not remotely compare Beatty to Patton. Beatty strikes me as more akin to Douglas MacArthur. Both men(Beatty and Macarthur) did exhibit a "psuedo bravery" in their early carreers, when it was in their own best personal interests to do so, rather than any real connection/motivation to being "brave" for duty or country's sake.
For anyone to compare Beatty to Patton , I would suggest reading the "Patton Papers" to find out how different these two men were . About the only similarity to the two men is that they both married extremely wealthy women, and there is where the similarity ended . Patton was away from his wife for many years during his service and was no slave to his wife either, he was a soldier first. Bueatty was a pussy-whipped bastard , who when he was not beckoning to his cheatings wife's every whim on a daily basis, was busy being his mistress's pussy-whipped bastard, rather than at all doing/or attending to his job , which was perhaps the second most sensitive/vital job to Britain's national security next to GrAdm Jellicoe's. God only knows what kind of weird stuff Beatty and his wife and their friends were into. They surely fit right in with many of the other British high society/morally bankrupt pesonalities of the time.
Lucky for Beatty, Jellicoe was a rather reserved/nice person. I dam sure would have cashiered both Beatty and Seymour after Jutland,if not before,for their incompetence, deriliction of duty ,and lack of moral character.