Meet General George S. Patton, Jr.

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George Smith Patton, Jr. (also George Smith Patton III) (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a United States Army officer most famous for his leadership commanding corps and armies as a general in World War II. He was also widely known for his controversial outspokenness and strong opinions. more>>
Commissioned in the army in 1909, Patton participated in the unsuccessful attempt to capture Pancho Villa in 1916-17. In World War I, he was the first officer assigned to the new United States Tank Corps[1][2] and saw action in France. After the war, he was a strong advocate of armored warfare. more>>
When the United States entered World War I, Patton was promoted to the rank of captain. During his post in France, he requested a combat command position from General Pershing. Pershing granted this request and Patton was assigned to the U.S. Tank Corps. Due to his success and his establishment of a training school more>>
for American tankers in France, Patton was promoted twice and now held the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was shot in his upper-thigh during the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in 1918, and the war ended while he was in recovery. For his services during the war he was given the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Service Cross, more>>
and was promoted once again to full colonel. After World War 1 was over, General George Patton became close friends with Dwight D. Eisenhower. He spent thirty-six years in the Army and was commander of several major units including ones in Sicily, North Africa, and the European Theater of Operations. more>>
General George S. Patton was given the nickname “Old Blood and Guts” for his reputation of being a ferocious warrior. His name was not completely pure, but tainted from a period of insubordination and instability. When he arrived in Normandy in late July 1944, Patton was given command of the United States more>>
Third Army serving under his erstwhile subordinate General Omar Bradley. While the British engaged the principal German forces around the city of Conne, Patton mounted a spectacular breakout against weak resistance at the western end of the beachhead. Patton’s breakout and subsequent drive through more>>
Central France and later Germany contributed greatly to the Allies ultimate victory in the West. It also helped to reestablish Patton’s reputation as a Field Commander. He was considered by many people the most aggressive senior American military commander in World War II, and reportedly respected by the Germans more>>
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