General George S. Patton

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General George S. Patton is one of the most infamous leaders of World War II (WWII). Patton’s most significant contribution in WWII is in December of 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, when he relieves the 101st Airborne and 10th Armored Divisions besieged by the 5th German Panzer Army in Bastogne, Belgium. Patton illustrates the Mission Command Principles which lead to victory in the Battle of the Bulge, a major turning point in WWII. Patton exercises disciplined initiative as he set the stage for a counter attack when he anticipated the German Army’s plan. He accepted prudent risk by disengaging three divisions from battle in the Saar Valley in order to relieve Bastogne, more than 100 miles away. Patton accomplishes this task by…show more content…
The 7th German Army is sent to protect the southern flank of the attack. Phase I of the battle begins on 16 December of 1944 during one of the most extreme winters of the war. The 6th Panzer Army attacks elements of the 2nd and 99th American Infantry Divisions in the northern portion of the Ardennes Forrest. Despite 5-to-1 odds, the two divisions hold the German advance off at Elsenborn Ridge; preventing the Germans from reaching their intended road network to the west. A single American reconnaissance platoon, led by 1LT Lyle Buock, hold the German advance off in the village of Nazerath, delaying the German assault for twenty-four hours. This key event lays the framework for defense of Bastogne. Phase II of the battle begins on 17 December, after the Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight Eisenhower receives word of the attack in the north. The 101st Airborne Division receives orders to quickly block the German advance and take over defense in the small town of Bastogne, Belgium. Running through the center of Bastogne are seven paved roads, including the main east-west highways which lead to the Meuse River. These roads are critical to the German attack. Patton and his 3rd Army are currently conducting a successful campaign on the border of France and Germany in the Saar River Valley, one hundred miles south of Bastogne. In reserves for 3rd Army is the 10th Armored Division. Realizing the seriousness of the attack on 16 December, Eisenhower
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