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Re: Dutch perception of Admiral Helfrich

May 31 2010 at 5:57 AM
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Response to Dutch Perception Of Admiral Helfrich

 

Tom,

I think yours is a very good question. I note that you use Gen. Douglas MacArthur as a figure of comparison, but I suggest that is not apt. Yes, Mac was viewed, likely correctly, as imperious, aloof, divisive, very difficult (when he wanted to be), self-centered, self-indulgent (and I could go on...and on), but NOT as an ineffective or incompetent general. Keeping his annoying vanity and personal flaws as distinctly separate entities, MacArthur's generalship was held in esteem. I don't think that's where you're starting with Admiral C.E.L. Helfrich, i.e., the very question you ask cannot assume a widespread esteem with his leadership abilities. Equally, it cannot assume a lack of such esteem. Whether he enjoyed general esteem on the part of the Dutch public is what you're endeavoring to answer.

Nelson

 
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  • Re: Dutch perception of Admiral Helfrich - Jim Broshot on May 31, 2010, 7:42 AM
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  • Helfrich Vs. MacArthur - Tom Womack on Jun 2, 2010, 3:06 AM
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  • MacArthur Reputation - Felix on Jul 28, 2010, 4:02 AM
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