George S. Patton

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George S. Patton

  • His family had a long military history dating back to the Civil War (from Virginia, they fought on the Confederate side)

  • Graduated from West Point

  • Had a reputation for training his soldiers as well if not better than all other generals

  • His aggressive tactics led to high casualty rates amongst his troops and earned him the nickname “Old Blood and Guts”

  • Was one of the first to recognize the future importance of tanks and armored vehicles in combat and developed superior strategies utilizing those weapons

  • Was known for being rude and using offensive language

  • Was known for being sensitive and writing poetry

  • Was a devoted student of military history

  • Believed in reincarnation and that he had fought in every major war throughout history

  • By the end of WWII, armies under his control had killed or captured more enemy soldiers and had liberated more territory than any other US general

  • Was once relieved of his command for slapping 2 soldiers (they claimed to be suffering from PTSD, he thought they were cowards)

  • Was accused of glorifying war and of being a “war monger”

  • Died from injuries received in an automobile accident shortly after WWII ended

Quotes attributed to Patton
A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.
A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood.
Always do everything you ask of those you command.
Better to fight for something than live for nothing.
Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood.
Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
All my life, I have wanted to lead a lot of men in a desperate battle.
There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you WON'T have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, "Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana." No, Sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say, "Son, your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son-of-a-Goddamned-Bitch named Georgie Patton.
George S. Patton Writing Activity Name:

  1. Notes / Lecture / handout: George Patton

  2. Watch 3 clips from the movie Patton

  3. Complete the following questions.

List 5 facts about George S. Patton


If you were a soldier in the United States Army and had the opportunity to choose any general under which you could serve, would you choose to serve under Patton? Explain your answer.


  1. Clearly answer the question in your first sentence

  2. Give at least 3 reasons for your answer

  3. Complete sentences

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