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   GEORGE S. PATTON 1885-1945

I knew from the very beginning of my life that I was to be
a general, a great warrior, and a leader of men.

In World War I, he was the first officer assigned to the new United States Tank Corps and saw action in France.

In World War II he was a general in North Africa, Sicily, and the European Theater of Operations.

Near the end of the Sicilian campaign, he jeopardized his career by slapping a soldier recuperating from "battle fatigue".  Patton considered him a coward.  The well-publicized incident caused General Eisenhower to relieve him of command.

However, he was later given command of the U.S. Third Army and led it ably in breaking out of Normandy and across France.  When a surprise major German offensive resulted in American units being surrounded in Bastogne, he rapidly disengaged his army from fighting in another sector and moved it over 100 miles in 48 hours to relieve the siege.

General Patton

Patton often got into trouble with his outspokenness and strong opinions.  He voiced his detestation and mistrust of the Soviets and his desire to fight them.
He has also been criticized for sending an ill-fated rescue mission for his son-in-law, held in a prison camp deep behind enemy lines.

PETER: Your father told you stories of military glory and your family came from a long line of soldiers from General Mercer in the American Revolution to some who fought and died on both sides during the American Civil War.  What else prepared you as a child for your 36-year career in the US Army?
PATTON: From the very beginning I connected with prior existences: in organizing the first humans in their conquest of animals and less-evolved humans, the conquests of Alexander, being Hannibal of Carthage, being the son of Genghis Khan, to the great Napoleonic war battles.
PETER: You also absorbed myths like Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and the works of Shakespeare.
PATTON: The written word, in the way it is formed on a page, is very much the way you must form a regiment of soldiers.  I scrutinized every aspect of organization.
PETER: Would you have gone to war in Iraq after 9/11?
PATTON: A ground war as was undertaken, no.  I would have confronted exactly what we were dealing with, which was a planned disruption, annihilation, terrorism.  If you are invisible and infiltrate, then you are successful.

Toni comments: Talking about current conflicts (this dialogue took place in December 2006), there was a head-shaking at the way the world has sunk into such a sad state.  You can no longer go out and fight; you must do all this sneaking around, pulling the carpet out from under your enemy, instead of facing him man to man, sword in hand.


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