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George Smith Patton

1885-1945

// Biography of General Patton.

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Born in Lake Vineyard Ranch (California), the November 11, 1885, he entered West Point at twenty years old, the first of its course. Its authentic military legend begins to forge in 1916, while participating in the expedition of General Pershing to Mexico to fight against the forces of the legendary Pancho Villa. The following year landed with the American Expeditionary Force in the middle of the Great War.

 

Veteran of the Great War


 

By early 1918 is promoted to commander in Langres organizing the first training center for tanks of the U.S. Army. Is critically wounded in front on 25 September, when he tried to conquer a hill occupied by the Germans accompanied by only one soldier. 

N time, Patton is already hated by all his men. The unorthodox methods are a constant throughout his military career. For him, as a lover of military history, war is the ultimate expression of an ideal. As its not tire of repeating, can not understand life without a battle.


Landing in North Africa

Patton comes into play in the Second World War in 1943, in North Africa during Operation Torch, the command of the II Army Corps. 

After the defeat by the Americans in their first encounter with the Germans, in the fateful battle of Kasserine Pass, Patton assumed command of the II Army Corps, successfully ending the campaign. 

At the command of Seventh Army takes an active part in the invasion of Sicily, capturing Messina before his rival and ally in the personal front, the British Montgomery, who maintain a duel for glory and honor of public opinion Anglo-American. 

It will be precisely in Sicily which Patton stars in an incident that shook his career. He slapped a soldier suffering from combat fatigue, and Eisenhower, under strong pressure, had to order an official investigation. 

The matter came to the press, and the United States triggered a remarkable scandal. Even top officials came to ask attend a council of war. On January 1, 1944, Patton was replaced as commander of the Seventh Army. 

At the end, the event will cost you in the absence of D-Day beaches in Norman, a luxury that even the Germans never came to believe, because I always thought that Patton would command the cars during the Allied invasion. 

A month after they place the Normandy landings, Eisenhower rehabilitates it, putting it ahead of the Third Army, under orders from a friend and his former subordinate, General Omar Bradley.

 

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