Patton : Man, Warrior, General

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Kelly Tubbs
Professor Penny Jones
Western Civ II-History 102 Online
October 23, 2014
Patton: Man, Warrior, General General George Smith Patton for many Americans is the unrivaled symbol of the American army during World War II. His passion for warfare and his uncanny ability to lead men allowed him to grasp any situation on a battlefield. General Patton gained a reputation both stateside and in Europe for his hardnosed and unyielding tactics. In 1970, a film in Hollywood showed a glimpse of what George S. Patton was like in real life. In this article, we shall discuss how General Patton was portrayed in this film against real life accounts. General Patton was known for his use of harsh language when it came to communicating with his soldiers as well the general public. The opening scene of Patton has the actor, George C. Scott, walk up on a stage in front of a very large American flag to deliver a speech. Hollywood interpreted this as a symbol of a real life example of how General Patton liked to speak to the troops under his command. While stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia, he had an amphitheater built in which he began giving his “Blood and Guts”1 speeches. “No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”2 There was no lack of vile language and it was a major part of how General Patton spoke to his troops. General Patton’s demeanor towards his troops was to make sure that they feared

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