Originally Posted by Draco
The point is that seniority plays no role in command. Patton had combat experience, Fredendall hadnīt. Patton was the right man to attack first, so it makes no sense to debark him in Morocco.
He landed in Morocco in early Nov 1942 and did not replace inexperienced, unpopular Fredendall (unpopular with his subordinates and a bootlicker with Marshall, etc,) until early March, 1942 in Tunisia. Several invaluable months wasted.
Wrong. Seniority does play a role just as does how one is promoted through the ranks. In the US military academy graduates are ahead of other regular military, or OCS candidates. ROTC and reserve come behind that. National Guard behind that.
The British, Germans, Russians, Japanese, whoever are just the same way. They may use somewhat different criteria but they still have a "pecking order."
It takes a major foul up to get someone who was appointed by the "system" replaced. Fredendall experienced it for incompetence. Patton for being politically incorrect. Fred Smith at Saipan for lethargy and incompetence. There are lots of examples. Everybody else does that too.