General George S. Patton

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     General George S. Patton was born on November 11th 1885. He was born to the United States military because many of his relatives fought in the Civil War and many wars before that. His grandfather(George Smith Patton) was commander of the 22nd Virginia infantry and died fighting in the Battle of Winchester. Patton's great uncle(Waller Tazewell Patton) was killed at Pickets charge at Gettysburg. Patton's great great grandfather(Robert Patton) fought in the Revolutionary War alongside Washington and was killed at the Battle of Princeton.

     Patton as a young boy wanted to be in the Army like his relatives before him. The only thing that held Patton back was the learning disability he had, dyslexia. This is a disease that makes you comprehend words and read words harder than usual. Patton grew up in California and his parents got him a tutor. His favorite subject in school was history and he loved to learn about military history and wars. When he was 16 he met a girl named Beatrice and married her in 1910.

     Patton's father had gone to V.M.I(Virginia Military Institute). Patton wanted to go to West Point but his father suggested he go to V.M.I for a year because of his dyslexia. Patton listened to his father and went to V.M.I for a year where he considered himself one of the top cadets. Patton always wanted total discipline and he felt his fellow cadets were no where near as disciplined as he was. The following year he went to West Point but was concerned because the academics were much harder. He eventually did graduate from the college with high honors and in the top half of his class.

     After graduating from West Point Patton was bounced around from fort to fort. Patton was upset because even though he was being promoted there was no war to fight in. Patton was at this time a master swordsman and created his very own sword the army put in use to its cavalry soldiers. Patton had numerous connections with Generals and when World War I started for the Americans he was on the first boat to France with General Pershing. When they reached France they were not put into the war just yet, they trained for months to get ready. As they entered the war an exciting and daring job came up for Patton, a position for leader of the American tank division. Patton accepted even though tanks were not tested to be great weapons of war yet. Patton led two battles with tanks and in the second battle was shot while trying to get a tank out of a ditch. He recovered and was awarded the purple heart but by the time he got back the war was over.

     After the war Patton went back to the United States and again was transported around from base to base. Patton became extremely bored with life without war. In this period of time between the world wars Patton was promoted form Captain to eventually Major General which was what he was at the start of the war. After the attack on Pearl Harbor Patton was sent to train troops and eventually was transferred to Africa where the first fighting for the United States was.

     Patton arrived in Africa after America lost its first battle at Kasserine Pass in terrible fashion. He took control of the Africa force and along with help from the British won the African campaign. After the African campaign the allies attacked the island of Sicily where Patton famously won by first taking Palermo and then the key city of Messina. While in Sicily Patton slapped two soldiers for being "cowards." He was demoted from his command and was not selected to be one of the commanders in Operation Overlord. He was then sent to England as a diversion. He was based at the Northern coast of Britain because the Germans thought they were going to attack at Pa de Callais. They were scared of Patton and sent the brutal 15th army division up to Callais. They were fooled and Operation Overlord was successful at Normandy.

     One month after D-Day General Omar Bradley sent for General Patton to come lead the 3rd Army. Patton was a great leader and assisted in Operation Cobra which broke the allies out of the hedgerow country in France. Patton stormed across the French countryside and led the allies very far. In the winter of 1944 the Germans tried one final offensive against the allies near the Ardennes forest in Belgium and Luxembourg. The 101st airborne division became trapped in the small city of Bastogne and were in threat of being destroyed because of their lack of supplies and the scarce number of men. Patton's 3rd army marched 100 miles to reach the 101st and they rescued them from the Germans.

     After this stage of the war there was no more combat for General Patton. He was  relieved of his command and spent the rest of the war in Germany and countries near Germany. In December 1945 Patton was traveling in a car when his car was struck by a truck. He survived the crash but died a few years later on December 21st 1945.

     

           

Patton Theme

     While reading the biography about General George S. Patton I came across many important themes. One important theme did stand out to me. This important theme was the theme of power. During the novel General Patton displays power in many ways. The present study will show examples of how Patton shows and prove he has a theme of power.

     During the novel about General George Patton power is displayed in the theme throughout the book. One example of this theme is when Patton is a young Lieutenant in the United States army serving at a fort. He was drilling soldiers sitting on a horse when the horse flung him off and onto the ground. Usually when an officer falls off a horse it is an embarrassment to his name. Instead of stopping the drill to regroup and get back on the horse Patton stood up and kept drilling without stopping until they reached the end. Quickly this story spread across the fort and Patton was seen as a great commander. This example shows power because Patton kept on drilling the soldiers and this is why one day he is promoted to General. Another example of power as a theme is when Patton was in World War I. At this point Patton was a Major and was commanding tanks in Europe during the war. During battle he had a post he was supposed to watch form but he went to the front anyway to lead tanks. Patton got shot in the thigh and instead of seeking medical attention he was worried about the troops first. This shows power as a theme because Patton took control of his troops and when times got tough he motivated them to succeed even while he was shot. One final example of theme is when Patton rescued the 101st airborne division in Bastogne. This shows power because Patton was 100 miles away and in two days led his troops all the way to Bastogne to rescue the division before it could be slaughtered. As these details prove power is an important theme throughout the novel.

     Throughout the novel power is displayed as a major theme through various examples. Patton is brave throughout the book and these examples of bravery prove that Patton is a powerful commander and man. One example of this power is Patton's run all the way to Bastogne to save all of the 101st division. As this text evidence proves power is a major theme throughout the novel.

Song

     I feel that this song is appropriate for this tackk because it is an old military song that has been passed through many generations. Patton was an army general that always went with the old tradition and this is as old as it gets!

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General Patton analyzing a situation in Africa.

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General Patton talks to a soldier near the city of Messina.

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General Pattons 3rd army rescued the 101st airborne division at Bastogne.

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Patton in his cadets uniform at West Point.

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