George S. Patton

Articles on the life of Gen. George S. Patton, his most famous speeches, and his beliefs


When Patton Enlisted the Entire Third Army to Pray for Fair Weather

When Patton Enlisted the Entire Third Army to Pray for Fair Weather

On October 22, 1944, Patton met with his commander, General Omar Bradley, and Bradley’s chief of staff to discuss plans for taking the French city of Metz and then pushing east into the Saar River Valley, a center of Germany’s armaments industry. Bradley, believing...
Patton in the Holy Land

Patton in the Holy Land

At the end of 1943, while Patton’s commanders were deciding his fate, the allied leaders—Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin—met in Tehran to discuss strategy for defeating Germany and plans for the postwar world. Uncertain of the role, if any, he might play in the...
Patton’s Remarks on Divine Guidance

Patton’s Remarks on Divine Guidance

Patton held a lifelong belief that in any moment of danger, whether it be a violent engagement with the enemy on a battlefield or a moment of personal danger in a sailboat, the Lord would protect him. In countless journal entries, personal letters, and...
The Religious Life of George S. Patton

The Religious Life of George S. Patton

Better known for his profanity than for his prayers, George Patton was actually a devout and religious man. His profanity was merely a device to capture the attention of his soldiers. Patton’s prayers, however, reflected his deep and sincere faith in God. Throughout...
Patton’s Entrance Into Germany in 1945

Patton’s Entrance Into Germany in 1945

The final stage of World War II in the European Theatre commenced with the Western Allied invasion of Germany. It began with the crossing of the River Rhine in March 1945, with forces fanning out and overrunning all of Western Germany until their final surrender on...
Patton’s “Blood and Guts” Speech

Patton’s “Blood and Guts” Speech

In April 1941 Patton, who had been acting commander of the Second Armored Division for six months, was given permanent command and promoted to major general. His most important priority was training men for war. One of his first acts as...

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Patton’s Interest in Other Religions

Patton’s Interest in Other Religions

U.S. General George S. Patton has a red-white-and-blue reputation in the annals of popular American culture, but this traditional Episcopalean was suprisingly open minded when it came to other religions. Part of his interest came in wanting to understand the...
Patton’s Near-Death Experience in World War One

Patton’s Near-Death Experience in World War One

Patton arrived in Europe in 1917 as a captain. He took an interest in tanks and studied this emerging form of mobile weaponry with intensity. At the end of 1917 he was assigned to establish the American Expeditionary Force Light Tank School. In August 1918, he was...
Patton’s Role in D-Day

Patton’s Role in D-Day

George S. Patton was not directly involved in the implementation or planning of the Invasion of Normany. But that is not to say that he did not perform his own critical part in its success. Like the rest of the world, Patton learned of the Normandy invasion  by...
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