I found this review at the Hoover Institute of a book about how the Germans regard George S. Patton thought-provoking:
Of the allied world War II generals, George Patton may be considered the most “German.” He had carefully studied the early Blitzkrieg campaigns against Poland and France and shared the conviction of the Wehrmacht commanders that that a war of movement — short, sharp, and furious — was the way to avoid a repetition of the endless slaughter of World War I. “Always take the offensive. Never dig in,” was Patton’s motto. He expressed his aversion to fixed positions in graphic fashion: After having found some slit trenches around a command post in Tunisia meant to protect it from air attacks, he asked the commanding officer, Terry Allen, to show him his, whereupon he promptly urinated into it. “There. Now try to use it.”
It’s not particularly surprising that the Germans have a fairly low opinion of Patton. They think that he was just lucky, unaware of Branch Rickey’s remark about luck. For the last seventy some-odd years the Germans have been trying to figure out how a rabble of mongrel lunkheads managed to prevail against their impeccable, educated, and aristocratic generals who consistently out-maneuvered them and their determined soldiers who routinely out-fought them. There are probably as many opinions as there are people rendering opinions.
The Russians’ opinion is that we didn’t win. We just held their coats while they won the “Great Patriotic War”.
Hollywood’s opinion was that free, clean-cut Yanks, pulling together despite their differences, prevailed over the beastly Huns.
If I’m not mistaken the prevailing view in the United States is that the U. S. economy beat the German economy and American logistics beat German and Japanese logistics at the same time. I think there’s merit to that. The Germans and the Japanese had a similar problem: they needed to keep the United States out of the war. As the Japanese generals recognized the only way to accomplish that was via a master strike. Unfortunately for them, that needed to be followed up by occupying the Hawaiian Islands and that was just beyond their reach. Had they accomplished that the logistical challenges of fighting a war across the Pacific might well have been insurmountable.
The Germans had a similar problem but a better position. Had they been able to defeat the British in short order, the logistical challenges might have deterred the United States. Consequently, there’s a pretty good argument that the British won World War II, not just their military but the whole British people.