George S. Patton, Jr
by Crystal Knight

        American General George Smith Patton is considered by many to be one of the greatest generals in the history of the world. His Toughness on his enemies as well as his own forces earned him the nickname of "Old Blood and Guts."
        He was born in San Gabriel, California, in 1855. In 1917, Patton served as aide-de-camp to American General John Joseph Pershing during Pershing’s Expedition into Mexico trying to catch Poncho Viva. He rose from the rank of second lieutenant in World War I to become one of the most famous American army generals serving in World War II.

Patton with Officers and Troops

        During the early part of World War II, Patton commanded United States forces in Morocco, Tunisia, and Sicily. His reckless out-spoken manner got him into hot water with his superiors several times. However, early in 1944, Patton was given another chance. He was given command of the Third Army for the what would became known as D-Day, the Allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe.

Three-Star General Patton

       It was a good choice, because in the Summer of 1945, it was the Third Army under his leadership that broke through the German defenses in the Normandy campaign. Patton continued to advanced rapidly across France to take the battle to Germany itself. In 1944, Patton sent his troops across the Rhine River into Germany and also moved toward Austria. The Third Army crushed German resistance where ever they met it, as Patton drove his troops with fierce determination into Germany. In 1944, Germany surrendered.

Patton with all his Medals

        After the surrender, Patton served as the Military Governor of Germany, and his lenient policy toward the former enemy, surprised everybody. In 1945, Patton was made a Four-Star General and named head of the Fifteenth Army. Shortly after being given his new command he died after being fatally injured in a traffic accident in Germany.

Patton possed with his famous ivory-handled colts for this painting.

Famous Patton Quotes

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and
they will surprise you with their ingenuity."

"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men."

"A leader is a man who can adapt to principles."


"George S. Patton, Jr." Encarta Encyclopedia 99 (CD-ROM) Microsoft, 1999

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