The, Old Blood And Guts, By George Patton Jr.

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From olympic athlete to catching Pancho Villa, from commanding tanks to the whole 3rd army, General George S. Patton Jr., “Old Blood and Guts”, lived anything but a normal life. George Patton Jr. was born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California to parents Ruth WIlson Patton and George Patton Sr. He only had one sibling, Anne Wilson Patton, who was two years younger than him.A fiery and energetic boy, he was always fascinated by stories of his ancestors in early America’s wars, and set his sights on furthering that military legacy. After completing basic school in 1903, he attended the Virginia Military Academy for a year, until transferring to West Point in 1905. He was a lackluster student, but whatever he didn’t have in the…show more content…
Shortly after this Patton made his biggest, and quite likely most famous mistake of his career. While visiting a hospital for wounded soldiers in Italy, Patton slapped and verbally abused two Shell-Shocked ( what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD) soldiers accusing them of faking it to get out of the fighting. Patton was forced to apologize, taken out of action, and his promotion to Major General was postponed. The United States, however, knew they couldn 't just waste this extraordinary leader and sit him in time out while the fighting escalated in Europe. So they devised a plan to put his fearsome reputation to use. In the time period leading up to D-Day, the United States and Britain came up with plans for a phantom army in Northeast Britain where Patton was stationed. Comprised of inflatable tanks and plywood bombers, with some fake campfires and barracks for special effects, Patton’s useless army looked terrifying to Axis air intelligence. Once word reached Germany, massive numbers of troops were sent to defend the city of Pas de Calais in France where Patton’s facade was expected to attack. This elaborate hoax allowed D-Day to remain a secret until the unexpected, full on attack at Normandy. Afterwards, half of the troops remained in Pas de Calais anyways from fear of Patton, and it wasn’t until he was back in Mainland Europe that they were
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