About this product Synopsis "Fame never yet found a man who waited to be found" - "In case of doubt attack" - "Know what you know and know what you don't know" Patton was the ultimate soldier's general. Everyone associated with him came under his spell and it is no exaggeration to say that they would have given their lives for him. This mystique that surrounded him bound him intimately to his troops who, throughout Patton's career felt privileged to serve him. George Patton tragically died on 20 December following a car crash, and this book is the story of his exploits during World War II as pieced together in by his wife from the General's letters and diaries.
He was known for carrying pistols with ivory handles and his intemperate manner, and is regarded as one of the most successful United States field commanders of any war. He continually strove to train his troops to the highest standard of excellence.
Patton decided during childhood that his goal in life was to become a hero. His ancestors had fought in the Revolutionary War, the Mexican War and the Civil War, and he grew up listening to stories of their brave and successful endeavors.
He was then commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the 15th cavalry Regiment. Originally open only to military officers, it was considered a rigorous test of the skills a soldier should possess. He placed fifth overall, despite a disappointing development in the shooting portion.
During the competition, Patton was docked for missing the target, though he contended the lost bullet had simply passed through a large opening created by previous rounds from the.
He designed and taught a course in swordsmanship while he was a student at the school.
InPatton was sent to Fort Bliss along the Mexican border where he led routine cavalry patrols. With the onset of World War I intanks were not being widely used.
Inhowever, Patton became the first member of the newly established United States Tank Corps, where he served until the Corps were abolished in He took full command of the Corps, directing ideas, procedures, and even the design of their uniforms. Using his first-hand knowledge of tanks, Patton organized the American tank school in Bourg, France and trained the first American tankers.
He had tanks by the time he took the brigade into the Meuse-Argonne Operation in September When they entered into battle, Patton had worked out a plan where he could be in the front lines maintaining communications with his rear command post by means of pigeons and a group of runners.
Patton continually exposed himself to gunfire and was shot once in the leg while he was directing the tanks. His actions during that battle earned him the Distinguished Service Cross for Heroism, one of the many medals he would collect during his lifetime. An outspoken advocate for tanks, Patton saw them as the future of modern combat.
Congress, however, was not willing to appropriate funds to build a large armored force. Even so, Patton studied, wrote extensively, and carried out experiments to improve radio communications between tanks.
He also helped invent the co-axial tank mount for cannons and machine guns. He graduated from the Command and General Staff School inand completed his military schooling as a distinguished graduate of the Army War College in When the German Blitzkrieg began on Europe, Patton finally convinced Congress that the United States needed a more powerful armored striking force.
Two months later, Patton appeared on the cover of Life magazine. After succeeding there, Patton commanded the Seventh Army during the invasion of Sicily in Julyand in conjunction with the British Eighth Army restored Sicily to its citizens.
Patton and his troops dashed across Europe after the battle of Normandy and exploited German weaknesses with great success, covering the miles across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.
When the Third Army liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp, Patton slowed his pace. He instituted a policy, later adopted by other commanders, of making local German civilians tour the camps.
On December 9, he suffered injuries as the result of an automobile accident. He died 12 days later, on December 21, and is buried among the soldiers who died in the Battle of the Bulge in Hamm, Luxembourg. Remembered for his fierce determination and ability to lead soldiers, Patton is now considered one of the greatest military figures in history.
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Considering Patton's achievements during the Second World War, it would be easy for a study of this length to be overly weighted toward his time in North Africa and Europe.
During the days Patton’s Panthers, the st Tank Battalion, were in continuous combat, they participated in four major Allied campaigns, including the Battle of The Bulge. They inflicted more than , casualties upon the enemy. Francis Sanza spent time during World War II driving Gen. George Patton's Jeep with the Army's th Ordnance Medium Auto Maintenance Company.
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