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General George Patton

  1. 1. General George S. Patton Created by Ray Ludwig & Matt Noe
  2. 2. Our Objective <ul><li>To inform students about the life of General George S. Patton, before, during, and after World War II. </li></ul>Patton was one of the most influential American Generals of all times .
  3. 3. Early Life <ul><li>Born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California </li></ul><ul><li>Had a younger sister, Nita </li></ul><ul><li>Came from a long serving military family </li></ul>From an early age he showed a keen interest in pursuing a career in the military.
  4. 4. Education <ul><li>Attended Virginia Military Institute like his father and grandfather </li></ul><ul><li>Transferred to the United States Military Academy at West Point to be guaranteed a commission in the army after graduation </li></ul><ul><li>After receiving a failing grade in mathematics in his freshman year, he was allowed to repeat his first year due to his excellent reputation amongst his fellow cadets and his instructors </li></ul>
  5. 5. Life at West Point <ul><li>Broke school record in the hurdles event </li></ul><ul><li>Was known for his determination and drive </li></ul><ul><li>Achieved the highest rank in the Corp of Cadets </li></ul><ul><li>Thought it was his destiny to become a famous General </li></ul><ul><li>Graduated in 1909 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Life After West Point <ul><li>Married Beatrice Ayer </li></ul><ul><li>Competed in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm, Sweden at the Military Pentathlon </li></ul><ul><li>Studied fencing and cavalry and wrote the first manual on swordsmanship training for the US Army </li></ul>
  7. 7. First Taste of Battle <ul><li>Traveled with General John J. Pershing to put down a raid in Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>Killed 3 bandits on a courier mission </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased a pearl handled pistol putting two notches in it after his encounter </li></ul><ul><li>Patton was praised for his efforts and began to model himself after General Pershing </li></ul>
  8. 8. Love for the Tank <ul><li>Patton eagerly studied tanks forming the American Tank School; writing the curriculum, designing a uniform, and writing strategy for tanks in battle </li></ul><ul><li>Patton led a group of tanks into battle in WW1 where he was nearly killed </li></ul><ul><li>This would be his only action in WW1 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Furthering Education <ul><li>Graduated the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College </li></ul><ul><li>Was determined to use his time in a “peacetime army” to advance his skills as an officer and to become a student of military history </li></ul>
  10. 10. Old Blood and Guts’ Fierce Personality <ul><li>Determination </li></ul><ul><li>Strong drive </li></ul><ul><li>Push the enemy </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership, knew how to inspire </li></ul><ul><li>Studied history of war -developed conjunctivitis (a swelling of the eyes) from nights of intense and non stop reading </li></ul>
  11. 11. Interwar Years (Time in between WW1 & WW2) <ul><li>A part of the regiment that put down the “Bonus Army” </li></ul><ul><li>Served in Hawaii and Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>Furthered research on tanks and armored vehicles </li></ul>
  12. 12. World War II North African Campaign <ul><li>1943 Lieutenant – General Patton was placed in command of the II Corps in North Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Patton transformed the II Corps into one of the finest in the U.S Army </li></ul><ul><li>II Corps along with British 1 st Army pushed the Germans out of North Africa </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sicily Campaign <ul><li>As a result of Patton’s success in Africa he was given control of the 7 th Army </li></ul><ul><li>Passed through Sicily taking Palermo and Messina with ease </li></ul><ul><li>Was accused of trying to steal the headlines by beating the British to Messina </li></ul>
  14. 14. Removal From Command <ul><li>Patton was known for his bloodthirsty speeches and strict rules of conduct </li></ul><ul><li>While Patton was visiting a military hospital he saw a young man that was crying. Patton found him to be a weak and cowardly man and screamed and yelled at him then slapped him across the face </li></ul><ul><li>This lead to Patton’s 10 month removal from command and order from General Eisenhower that he apologize to the soldier and to the men under his command </li></ul>
  15. 15. Normandy <ul><li>Patton was placed in command of the US 3 rd Army following Normandy </li></ul><ul><li>Patton and his army tore through Northern France </li></ul><ul><li>Patton avoided head–on fighting. Instead he used the great mobility of his units to their fullest </li></ul>
  16. 16. Running Out of Gas <ul><li>Patton and his 3 rd Army literally ran out of steam outside of Metz, France </li></ul><ul><li>Some argue that it was as a result of his over ambition </li></ul><ul><li>Some feel it was a lack of support from the allies </li></ul><ul><li>Regardless it proved that Patton was willing to take the fight to the enemy </li></ul>
  17. 17. Ardennes Offensive (Battle of the Bulge) <ul><li>Last ditch offensive by the Germans </li></ul><ul><li>German troops were able to move to the front without being detected </li></ul><ul><li>Germany armed more than 250,000 men and attacked the weak point of the allied forces </li></ul><ul><li>Patton was able to bring his army into the battle and help to drive the German Army back to the original line of confrontation </li></ul>
  18. 18. Patton’s Prayer <ul><li>The Ardennes Offensive came during one of most horrific winters Europe has seen causing tanks etc. to be halted </li></ul><ul><li>Patton needed only 24 hours of good weather to launch his attack </li></ul><ul><li>Patton commanded James O’Neil to write a prayer asking God for good weather </li></ul><ul><li>The weather soon cleared after it was recited and Patton awarded O’Neil with the Bronze Star </li></ul>
  19. 19. Patton’s Prayer <ul><li>&quot;Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.&quot; </li></ul>
  20. 20. End of Battle <ul><li>May 6, 1945 Patton and his men moved into western Bohemia (Czech Republic) </li></ul><ul><li>May 8, 1945 Allies accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany </li></ul>
  21. 21. Medals <ul><li>Patton was awarded the following medals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distinguished Service Cross (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distinguished Service Medal (3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Silver Star (2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bronze Star </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purple Heart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Order of the Bath </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Order of the British Empire </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Death <ul><li>Died on December, 9 1945 aged 60 years </li></ul><ul><li>Died after being paralyzed in a car accident in Germany shortly after the war </li></ul><ul><li>Died in a military hospital in Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Buried in San Gabriel Cemetery </li></ul>
  23. 23. Legacy <ul><li>Patton will forever be remembered for his obsessive will power and blood thirsty drive in battle </li></ul><ul><li>Movie “Patton” 1970 Academy award winner </li></ul><ul><li>Patton Museum – Fort Knox </li></ul><ul><li>Patton tanks </li></ul>
  24. 25. Famous Patton Quotes <ul><li>“ A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;An Army is a team; lives, sleeps, eats, fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is a lot of crap.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching.&quot; </li></ul>
  25. 26. Comic and Poster
  26. 27. Conclusion <ul><li>In conclusion General George S. Patton was one of the most famous and influential Generals of his time. </li></ul><ul><li>He was the right man, at the right time, in the right place and America was lucky to have him. </li></ul>