“Hell, I know I’m a prima donna,” said Patton to his superior Bradley. “I admit it. What I can’t stand about is Monty (Montgomery, Patton’s British rival fighting against Germany during World War II) won’t admit it.”
Both were brilliant soldiers. Field Marshal Montgomery was of course known as the general who licked Rommel, the Germans’ prima donna, at Al Alamein. But at the same time, he was also criticized as the guy who only fought “set piece” battles, meaning he went to battle, only when he’s ready, when everything was to his liking.