Originally Posted by Jack Torrance
Dempsey was really overshadowed by his and Bradley's superior Montgomery. Very much like Meade has when Grant parked his HQ with the Army of the Potomac.
I can't see Miles Dempsey winning Gettysburg if he swapped places with Meade, Jack!
Unfortunately, Dempsey wasn't a great general, only getting the gig because Monty didn't want Kenneth Anderson (he of Tunisia infamy) to be in charge of a D-Day army.
A similar situation existed with 'Harry' Crerar and the First Canadian Army. Crerar was another dour, unimaginative figure who had to be kept on a fairly tight leash (and Montgomery would have preferred one of the corps commanders, Guy Simonds, but this was a national/political decision).
Fighting towards Falaise, Monty wrote: "Harry Crerar is fighting his first battle and it is the first appearance in history of a Canadian Army HQ. He is desperately anxious it should succeed. He is so anxious that he worries himself all day. I go and see him a lot and calm him down. He will be much better when he realizes that battles seldom go completely as planned, that great patience is required, that you keep on at it until the other chap cracks, and that if you worry you will eventually go mad! He seemed to have gained the idea that all you want is a good initial fire plan, and then the Germans all run away!"