George Patton

George Patton was a US military officer. Active in both World War 1 and World War 2, he is best remembered for his service as a general in the US Army during World War 2. Patton was known for being outspoken and without reserve as well as being an excellent leader. Questions about General George S. Patton can be directed here.

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What was General George S Patton rank?

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major general three stars a major general is 2 stars a 3 star is a lieutenant general. he also gained a 4th star in April of 1945. that is a full general.
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What was the name of george Patton's sister?

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Anne W. Patton, but she was known as Nita throughout her life.
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From George Patton's view how could World War 2 been avoided?

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Patton obviously had no problem with taking action. He would probably have opted to use military force to stop Hitler from his earliest conquests in Czechslovakia, Poland, etc. instead of just sitting there and hoping that each small country that fell would appease him.
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Why was George Patton important?

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">George Patton George Patton was the U'S.'s most distinguished combat commander. He was outstanding at training and staff work. His ability to command a staff went back to his experience with General Pershing in Mexico. Again in France during WW1 Pershing appointed Patton to the command of the new Tank Corps. George Patton was born in San Gabriel, California, on 11th November, 1885. He attended West Point but along with his friend Hodges, was forced to leave after a year because of poor test results. Patton restarted the course and graduated in 1909 (46/103) and won a commission in the cavalry Patton's first real exposure to battle occurred when he served as a member of legendary General John J. Pershing's staff during the expedition to Mexico. He accompanied Pershing as an aide on his expedition against Francisco "Pancho" Villa into Mexico. Impressed by Patton's determination, Pershing promoted him to Captain and asked him to command his Headquarters Troop upon their return from Mexico. "In France In 1917, Pershing selected Patton to become the first member of the newly established United States Tank Corps, where he served until the Corps were abolished in 1920. He took full command of the Corps, directing ideas, procedures and even the design of their uniforms. Along with the British tankers, he and his men achieved victory at Cambrai, France, during the world's first major tank battle in 1917". NOTE: The above italicized section is a well known, yet notoriously fictional account. The Real deal:George S. Patton Jr. did not lead any U.S. Tanks or troops or anyone else at the Battle of Cambrai. He was certainly not a combatant and almost certainly not even there. The U.S. Tank Corps didn't exist - it was formed at the end of December 1917, a month after the battle, with Samuel Rockenbach in command. At the time of Cambrai the USA had no Tanks, and the only American troops involved were some railroad engineers who got caught in a German counter-attack. On the morning of the attack Patton's Diaries state that he was at the French Tank Training School at Champlieu, 75 miles away. Ten days later, after the offensive had stalled, he visited British Tank H.Q. at Albert, 30 miles from Cambrai. His diaries make no mention of his having observed or in any way participated in the battle.Cambrai was not the world's first major tank battle, merely the largest so far. The French used over 130 of their own tanks in April 1917, and the British 200+ in July. Nor was it a victory. After an initial success, almost all the ground gained was retaken by German counter-attacks and more than 70 tanks captured. After 17 days the Front remained almost exactly where it had been.The U.S. Tank Corps received its first Tanks in May 1918. Patton first saw action on September 12th, 1918. Using his first-hand knowledge of tanks, Patton organized the American tank school in Bourg, France and trained the first 500 American tankers. He had 345 tanks by the time he took the brigade into the Meuse-Argonne Operation in September 1918. When they entered into battle, Patton had worked out a plan where he could be in the front lines maintaining communications with his rear command post by means of pigeons and a group of runners. Patton continually exposed himself to gunfire and was shot once in the leg while he was directing the tanks. His actions during that battle earned him the Distinguished Service Cross for Heroism, one of the many medals he would collect during his lifetime. An outspoken advocate for tanks, Patton saw them as the future of modern combat. Congress, however, was not willing to appropriate funds to build a large armored force. Even so, Patton studied, wrote extensively and carried out experiments to improve radio communications between tanks. He also helped invent the co-axial tank mount for cannons and machine guns. After WWI, Patton held a variety of staff jobs in Hawaii and Washington, D.C. He graduated from the Command and General Staff School in 1924, and completed his military schooling as a distinguished graduate of the Army War College in 1932. When the German Blitzkrieg began on Europe, Patton finally convinced Congress that the United States needed a more powerful armored striking force. With the formation of the Armored Force in 1940, he was transferred to the Second Armored Division at Fort Benning, Georgia and named Commanding General on April 11, 1941. Two months later, Patton appeared on the cover of Life magazine. Also during this time, Patton began giving his famous "Blood and Guts" speeches in an amphitheater he had built to accommodate the entire division. The United States officially entered World War II in December 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. By November 8, 1942, Patton was commanding the Western Task Force, the only all-American force landing for Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa. After succeeding there, Patton commanded the Seventh Army during the invasion of Sicily in July 1943, and in conjunction with the British Eighth Army restored Sicily to its citizens. Patton commanded the Seventh Army until 1944, when he was given command of the Third Army in France. Under Patton's command the third army moved rapidly across Europe after the battle of Normandy and exploited German weaknesses with great success, covering the 600 miles across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. When the Germans launched the massive offensive that began the Battle of the Bulge it was Patton who shifted third Army hundred's of miles in the middle of a severe winter storm to smash into the German flank and relieve Bastogne. When the Third Army liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp, Patton slowed his pace. He instituted a policy, later adopted by other commanders, of making local German civilians tour the camps. By the time WWII was over, the Third Army had liberated or conquered 81,522 square miles of territory. In October 1945, Patton assumed command of the Fifteenth Army in American-occupied Germany. On December 9, he suffered injuries as the result of an automobile accident. He died 12 days later, on December 21, 1945 and is buried among the soldiers who died in the Battle of the Bulge in Hamm, Luxembourg. In addition (More corrected facts to replace common inaccuracies):Patton was in command of the Light Tank Brigade, not the Tank Corps (that was Col. Rockenbach). He was in command of about 144 Renault FT tanks, not 345. That appears to be a confusion with the fact that Patton was in command of the 345th Battalion in September 1918.Patton did not design the Tank Corps uniform. The U.S. Army did that. Patton asked some of his officers to design a sleeve badge for their existing uniforms and the Tank Corps adopted the result - a triangle divided into red, yellow, and blue arrowheads. Remembered for his fierce determination and ability to lead soldiers in Battle, Patton is now considered one of the greatest military figures in history. Patton was a scholar of military theory and history. He wrote poetry. He believed he was a reincarnated warrior fated to lead troops in battle. The movie Patton captured some of his outstanding characteristics and one scene was of him discussing his memories of a historical Battle in Africa.
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Is Gen Gary Patton related to George S Patton?

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No. I asked that same question when I served with him in Korea. His reply was " I wish I had a nickel for everytime I've been asked that" His answer to Stars and Stripes was to the effect that he did not know of any common relatives, his father served in WWII and other relevant information about the immediate family that made it clear that no one was aware of any connection at that time either. (George S Patton's descendants are well known and do not include Gary Patton) Gary Patton has had enough media exposure that if there were any firm connection to George S Patton a genealogy enthusiast would have blogged about it long ago.
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Where can you find the names of veterans who served under General Patton during World War 2 from November 1939 to December 1946?

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Respectfully, you are referring to anywhere from 500,000 to 1,000,000 men. Gen. Patton was the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Armored Division, II Corps, Seventh & Third Army before he died in December 1945. I own most of the histories of the divisions that served under Gen. Patton during WW 2, so if you just need random names I can provide you with several thousand. Richard V. Horrell WW 2 Connections.com
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Who were Gen George Patton's Parents?

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His parents were George S. Patton and Ruth Wilson .
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What was the cause of death of George Patton?

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George Patton was severely injuried in a motor accident on 9 December 1945 in Germany and died on 21 December 1945. There are, of course, all kinds of conspiracy theories, too ... the driver was left uninquired I have read that the accident was on a mountain road in Spain, not Germany. If true, that is a pretty serious error of fact. I also suggest some information be added about how Patton was doing in the hospital and how he suddenly took a turn for the worse in a way that had nothing to do with the injuries he suffered. That is what I have read. I don't have complete information, but the lack of information leaves a lot to conjecture.
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Will future historians consider George Patton a hero or villain in World War 2?

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Patton had some issues with his language, and slapped two shell shocked soldiers. Without a doubt, he was the best American combat general of WW2. His enemies feared Patton more than any other Allied commander. To say he was a far cry from greatness is simply to not know the facts.
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What was the name of Patton's pistols?

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Patton carried a Colt Single Action Army on his right hip, and a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum on his left hip.Both pistols had ivory grips. He was also known to carry a Colt .380 in a shoulder holster.(Remember the scene in "Patton", where he climbs down from the second floor during an air raid, and starts shooting at the German airplanes?)
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Patton movie famous speech by george c Scott?

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You can find the non-censored version of General George S. Patton's speech at the link below .
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What role did George Patton play in World War 2?

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Patton was the best combat General the Allies had. A fierce, combative fighter, Patton was the main reason the Allies won the battle of the Bulge. He was the one General the Nazis feared most, and many said so.
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What city is General George Patton buried?

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Patton was buried at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial in Hamm, Luxembourg along with other members of the Third Army, as per Patton's request to "be buried with my men."
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Is General George S Patton married?

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General George S. Patton is dead, so no, he's not married. While he was alive, he was married to Beatrice Benning Ayer. (This is the famous World War II general I'm talking about. His son, also named George S. Patton and who was a Major General, was also married - to Joanne Holbrook - and is also now dead. His son, also George S. Patton, is not, to the best of my knowledge, a general of any kind.)
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When was George Smith Patton Jr. born?

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George Smith Patton Jr. was born on November 11, 1885.
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What happened to general george s Patton's dog willy?

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After General Patton's death in 1945 while in Germany, his Bull Terrier Willie, named after William The Conqueror, was sent home to the United States, and lived out the rest of his life with the General's wife and daughters.
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Where did George S Patton go to college?

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Patton attended Virginia Military Institute for one year, where he rushed VMI's chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order. He then transferred to the United States Military Academy. The Academy compelled him to repeat his first "plebe" year after doing poorly in mathematics. He repeated his plebe year with honors, and was appointed Cadet Adjutant (the second highest position for a cadet) eventually graduating in 1909 and receiving his commission as a cavalry officer. (Wikipedia) For the source and more detailed information concerning your request, click on the related links section (Answers.com) indicated below this answer box.
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What was general george s Patton's highest rank?

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General Patton was a 4 star General when he passed away. At that time there was no 5 star general.
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Where is Gen George S Patton's Colt 45 Today?

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It is in the Patton Museum at Fort Knox. It is in the Patton museum at Fort Knox, just south of Louisville, Kentucky on US Highway 31W.