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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In 1944, the United States war effort in Europe was just starting to pick up. Even though the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor occurred just three years prior, the growing power of the Third Reich could not be ignored. During this time, France was already occupied by Nazi Germany and Hitler's war machine was on the path of conquering all of Eurasia. In an attempt to combat this immense threat, the U.S. formulated a plan to engage the German forces through an invasion of Normandy. This bloody offensive would be remembered in infamy as D-Day. Shortly before this violent clash of U.S. and German forces, the inexperienced men of the United States Third Army was given an encouraging and inspiring speech by the four star general George S. Patton.
Throughout Patton’s speech, harsh and foul language is used abundantly. The speech begins with Patton identifying the American public opinion of not wanting to enter the war. Patton refuses this and establishes Americans as wanting to fight, and instilling American pride into his audience. Patton then addresses the men’s fears of dying and killing but shadows it with their duty to country, and honor to their manhood. The speech then moves to the importance of being a team and how every man has a crucial part to play, whether it be a truck driver or infantryman. Patton then feels the need to quickly remind everyone that his presence in England is to remain a secret. After this, he reinstates the mission and why they are here. They are here to defeat the Germans in Europe, then move
George Patton was born in San Gabriel, California in 1885.His father as an officer in the US army so he moved around a lot.George was very intelligent and ambitious but had trouble in school.Since he couldn’t read until the age of 12, some wondered if he had dyslexia.Patton was trying to go to a College called West Point but all openings were filled.He then went to Virginia Military Institute.After only one year at the Institute, there was now a spot open at West point.His math skills had improved within a year and George Patton graduated in 1909.
There is one scene where the three flag raisers entered a crowded stadium before a football game which typified how an image of war can be so different to the reality of war. The flash photography, the cheering, the roar of the crowd all went to John Bradley’s head and he had flash backs of the fighting on Iwo Jima and the genuine heroes that he had left behind. This scene contrasts what the reality of war, were all the men are dug in and fighting for there life, and the images of war. Ira Hayes says “I know it’s a good thing, raising the money and that, ‘cause we need it. But, I can’t take them calling me a hero. All I did was try not to get shot. Some of the things I saw done, things I did, they weren’t things to be proud of, you know?” Clint Eastwood shows continuously, through his characters physiology shows how one single photo can be so different what really makes up the battle of Iwo Jima. The aim was to get war bonds; the minds of the three main characters through Clint Eastwood’s directing showed a strong insight to how the reality of a war and an image of war can be so contrasting.
Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; Ffor the very idea of losing is hateful to an American(paragraph #).” This section of the speechquote exemplifies that Patton is using American appeals to conjure up motivation into the troops because so they can feel more encouraged and willing to fight and possibly die by the fact that all Americans are winners and hate to lose. All Americans are the best and real men who like to fight, Patton does this to make the troops want to win. He makes them feel like it’s in their identity and blood to win, he wants them to have the courage and perseverance to win. Also Patton later conjures the image of the comic book superman, He Man, to encourage all men to tap into their own super powers. on says “ Americans pride themselves on being He Men and they ARE He Men. He validates their own superiority by stating, “Remember that the enemy is just as frightened as you are, and probably more so. They are not supermen.” Patton says this to further explain that Americans are winners and they will win this war. Patton is trying to inspire these soldiers by also lowering their reputation of the enemy saying
Although at first glance General George S. Patton is anything but creative, if you think about it, he is one of the most creative people of all time. Both his battle strategies and speeches were creative, bold, and extremely powerful. Each of his speeches, particularly his speech to the Third Army, are some of the most powerful and motivated I have read. Each and every speech he spoke riled his troops and made them want to crush the Nazis and win the war. Many people dislike Patton and his speeches because of his vulgar language, but there is no denying the effect the speeches had on the troops who served under him and the power in each word he spoke. http://www.wjpbr.com/patton.html
There are a number of qualities that quantify good leaderships and good leaders. According to Kouzes and Posner in their book The Leadership Challenge, all successful leaders have (5) practices in common. They “Model the Way”, “Inspire a shared vision”, “Challenge the process”, “enable others to act” and “encourage the heart”(15). Never is there a more important time to have exemplary leadership, than in a time of war. Both the American Civil War and World War II showed what was possible through good leadership. From abolishing slavery and preserving the Union, to fighting tyranny and oppression abroad, both events in American history had a profound impact on all those involved. The impact would most certainly be different if not for the leadership of Colonel Lawrence Chamberlain of the Union Army during the Civil War and General George S. Patton during World War II. Both leaders possessed the 5 practices essential for god leadership, yet both leaders to different approaches to accomplish their goals.
General George S. Patton was one of the greatest military leaders that the United States of America ever produced. He failed his first year at West Point but eventually became a second ranking cadet at the most prestigious military academy. He could ride a horse, and he could drive an armored horse (tank). He can take a city that’s heavily guarded with just two divisions. He became an unrestrained person who can cover six countries across Europe in World War II (WWII) in a short time.
George Patton was a decorated U.S World War II general. Throughout the war he was called upon to win important battles. Patton was an extremely aggressive in his battle tactics, which gave him the ability to win battles that other generals could not. Patton was born into a family with a long military history, Patton decided to carry on that tradition and graduate from West Point in 1909. Patton saw his first battle experience during World War I when he led cavalry troops against Mexican forces. Patton continued his career in WWII and had a very important role. Due to George Patton’s tactics to liberate Nazi territory, he able to win crucial battles and push the Germans back to defeat Hitler.
From a fiercely brave General, who strictly enforces customs, bravery, formalities, and success; to a General with a lighthearted-mood, down to earth attitude, a steadfast courage, and a integrity and decency to lead the nations of the world into battle; while both these legendary Generals fought on the same side, both General S. Patton and General D. Eisenhower were distinctly different Generals. This paper seeks to outline the differences and similarities between the two Generals by taking a close look at their lives, and the impacts they had on WWII.
In the movie, Patton, his speech brought on several emotions response for me, ranging from surprise to a surge of energy and pride. These rapid changes in emotions came from his rather unorthodox speech, in which Patton would go from talking as if he were an angry coach, to a proud father. The speech I believe did it’s job in inspiring the men to fight as I attempted to place myself in the shoes of the soldiers about to go off and face the world’s greatest threat, the Axis powers. I believe this inspiration was drawn from several powerful images and points that Patton conveyed to his men throughout the speech. The first being his recollection of childhood, in which the people we looked up to were champions, winners, and that was what U.S. military needed to be. As children we all dream of being a hero one day, somehow saving the day from evil. Patton used this desire to basically say, you have the
He was also well known for his controversy and ability to rally the troops. His speech to the third army was given June 5th, 1944 which was the eve of the allied invasion of Europe. It was a chance for Patton to shine as a general.He knew he would have to construct a speech for which listeners and future readers would be struck by his harsh style, while incorporating his unstinting dependence of profanity. But we must not be led to believe that Patton had not carefully rehearsed every word, chosen precisely for its desired persuasive effect. Patton 's address to the Third Army repays attentive examination, and, when the problems it is designed to address are identified, its brilliance and influence will become apparent. Yet, raising soldier’s moral raises a challenge: should a speech be a formal, incorporating articulate words and sentence structure, or should it be vulgar and rife with profanities?
War, through the shelling, the shooting, and the dying, is the forge in which great men are made. In these times of great desperation, only those who have perseverance survive. War also tends to bring influence to its heroes. Ernst Jünger, Manfred Von Richthofen, and Fritz Haber are all influential, perseverant, figures of war.
The German General Erwin Rommel is an iconic figure of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime whom during his career followed the principle of fighting battles only on the condition of gaining from winning. Respected by both the Allied and Axis powers, his approach to warfare was cunning and humane, making him particularly significant in a time of oppression and malevolence. Thus, Rommel performed his duties with dignity and respect toward all soldiers alike and accordingly won the admiration and legend still alive in modern times. In addition, Rommel’s charism on the battlefield and natural gift of leadership lead him beyond all expectations of superiors. Consequently, Rommel was frequently featured in propaganda as an exceptional German General and