George Smith Patton, Jr. (11 November 1885 – 21 December 1945) was a general in the United States Army most well known for his command of the Seventh United States Army, and later the Third United States Army, in the European Theatre of World War II.
Born in 1885 to a privileged family with an extensive military background, Patton attended the Virginia Military Institute, and later the U.S. Military Academy. He participated in the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and was instrumental in designing the M1913 "Patton Saber". Patton saw his first combat during the Pancho Villa Expedition in one of the earliest instances of mechanized combat. He later joined the newly-formed United States Tank Corps of the American Expeditionary Force and saw action in World War I, first commanding the U.S. tank school there before being wounded in combat near end of the war. In the interwar period, Patton remained a central figure in the development of armored warfare doctrine in the U.S. Army, serving on numerous staff positions throughout the country. Rising through the ranks, Patton commanded the U.S. 2nd Armored Division at the time of the U.S. entry into World War II.
Patton commanded some of the the first U.S. troops into the European theater during the North African Campaign in 1942, where he later established himself as an effective commander through his rapid rehabilitation of the demoralized U.S. II Corps. He commanded the Seventh Army during the Invasion of Sicily, where he beat British General Bernard Law Montgomery to Messina but was embroiled in controversy after he slapped two soldiers under his command. Patton returned to command the Third Army following the Invasion of Normandy in 1944, where he led a highly successful, rapid drive across France. He led the relief of beleaguered U.S. troops at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and advanced his army into Nazi Germany by the end of the war. Patton was the military governor of Bavaria after the end of the war, and for a time commanded the Fifteenth United States Army before he died following an automobile accident on 21 December 1945.
Patton's colorful image, hard-driving personality and success as a commander were at times overshadowed by his politically inept statements in the press. But his philosophy of leading from the front and his ability to inspire his troops with vulgarity-ridden speeches, such as a famous address to the Third Army, led to new leadership philosophies in the U.S. officer corps. His strong emphasis on rapid and aggressive offensive action led to new strategies in combined arms warfare. While Allied leaders held differing opinions on Patton, he was viewed in the highest regard by his opponents in the German High Command. A popular biographical film released in 1970 helped transform Patton into an American folk hero.Read more at Wikipedia
Movies that include George Patton
Following German defeat, Patton wants to use the German POW soldiers to assist the American army in waging a war against the Soviet Union. Patton is instructed to help de-Nazify Germany, but he's reluctant because he knows that the Nazis are needed if he's to start a war against the Russians. As a result Eisenhower relieves Patton as General of the 5th Army and puts him in charge of a group of clerical workers who are accumulating the American history of the war. Shortly afterwards Patton is involved in a car accident which sends him to his death bed.
Patton takes charge of the American II Corps, who's moral is low, in North Africa. Patton is disappointed he didn't get to fight against Rommel. Following Africa, Patton takes part in the invasion of Sicily where he competes with Monty to the extent that he defies orders to beat him to Messina. Patton makes the papers, but not for his bravery, instead for slapping a shell-shocked soldier. This is something that marks his career permanently. To Patton's frustration he is not to be in command of the D-Day landings.