General George S. Patton Jr.

U.S. Third Army

Born to a military family, Patton attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he developed the M1913 Cavalry Saber (the Patton Sword). Later saw combat in WWI and helped develop U.S. Tank Corps.

U. S. Seventh Army

Born to a military family, Patton attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he developed the M1913 Cavalry Saber (the Patton Sword). Later saw combat in WWI and helped develop U.S. Tank Corps.

Early Life

Born to a military family, Patton attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he developed the M1913 Cavalry Saber (the Patton Sword). Later saw combat in WWI and helped develop U.S. Tank Corps.

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Operation Husky

Weaken Germany’s Eastern Front

Hitler, diverted forces to aid Italy, forcing him to cancel an offensive at Kursk.

Topple Mussolini

The removal Italian leader Benito Mussolini was essential to the Allied invasion of Italy.

Open Allied Shipping Lanes

Driving Axis forces out opened up Allied shipping lanes for the first time in 2 years.

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Dozens of quotes by and about Patton

The Christmas prayer sent to the Third Army in 1944

Notable victories

Wise Words

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

General George S. Patton Jr.

A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.

General George S. Patton Jr.

“Patton” (1970)

The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany.

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WWII made George Patton a hero, but the ‘Great War’ made him a commander

Army officer George S. Patton Jr. was pinned down by German machine gun fire. His tanks were scattered, and many of his men had been hit. Armed only with his revolver, he was afraid to go forward but knew he couldn’t go back. Trembling, and fighting the urge to run, he looked up and seemed […]

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