George S. Patton

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

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


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 placed in charge…


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 listening to…


Patton’s Letter to his Troops Before Fighting Rommel in Africa

The inexperienced American army’s first major encounter with the Germans resulted in a resounding defeat at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia. On February 14, 1943, Rommel’s Tenth and Twenty-first Panzer Divisions of the Afrika Korps launched an attack against the U.S. position. The II Corps, under the command of Major…


Patton’s Speech “God of Our Fathers”

God of Our Fathers From Patton’s speech to  he Second Armored Division, December 1941: I shall be delighted to lead you against any enemy, confident in the fact that your disciplined valor and high training will bring vic-tory. Put your heart and soul into being expert killers with your weap-ons.…


George S. Patton’s Timeline

1885 November 11 Patton was born in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California. 1897–1903 Patton attended Stephen Cutter Clark’s Classical School for Boys, Pasadena, California. 1903–1904 Patton attended Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia, as Cadet. 1904 June 16 Patton entered U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York. 1905 June 5…


Patton’s Message Marking the End of World War Two

HEADQUARTERS THIRD UNITED STATES ARMY APO 403 GENERAL ORDERS 9 May 1945 NUMBER 98 SOLDIERS OF THE THIRD ARMY, PAST AND PRESENT During the 281 days of incessant and victorious combat, your penetrations have advanced farther in less time than any other army in history. You have fought your way…


Patton’s Prayer for Courage

Gerald Mygatt and Henry Darlington asked a number of political and military leaders—including President Roosevelt, Secretary of War Stimson, and General Eisenhower—to contribute a prayer to the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Prayer Book, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1944. In response to that request, General Patton composed this prayer for…

how did patton die

How Did Patton Die?

How did Patton die? The short story is that he sustained spinal cord and neck injuries in an automobile accident near Neckarstadt, Germany. He passed away from pulmonary embolism as a result of the accident. How did Patton die? The long story On December 9, 1945, Patton was returning from a…


George S. Patton

A collection of articles on the life and actions of famed World War Two general George S. Patton. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European theaters of World War II, and is best known for leading the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany in the wake of the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Here you will…

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