>>>>If not for several incidents and Eisenhower's fear of confrontation with the Soviets, he probably would have beaten the Red Army to Berlin, thus preventing, or at least alleviating, four decades of trouble in Germany, not to mention general low living standards in East Germany
i don't rate Patton as highly as you do, he didn't contribute as much in Africa as you imply, in fact he had a few shocks when fighting the Germans for the first time.
he was the ideal man to lead the breakout after Normandy though.
But the Soviets taking Berlin was agreed at Yalta, thats why the Western Allies didn't push on.....it wasn't Eisenhower.
in hindsight i think we gave the USSR too much, half of Germany and eastern Europe...i especially feel sorry for the Poles.
But the Red Army was so powerful, and the British had had enough fighting. Patton said the USA should keep fighting against the USSR after Germany fell, but that was totally ridiculous.....he was a VERY arrogant man......