Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Generals - Patton
General George Patton was known for carrying pistols with ivory handles and for his intemperate manner, but it’s his outspoken advocacy for tanks that carved his place in history, not only as a military pioneer, but as one of the most colorful and controversial American generals of the twentieth century.
Patton was impulsive, impatient, and would often disregard higher command when he felt his methods or tactics would achieve the desired result. He is remembered for his fierce determination and ability to lead soldiers. Unlike most generals, he wasn’t content to stay behind enemy lines and watch the battle from afar. He developed a system that allowed him to be on the frontlines and maintain communication with his rear command post by means of pigeons and a group of runners.
His uncompromising will and character were the basis of his successful crusade across Western Europe during World War II, forever defining him as one of the most successful field commanders of any war.
It is very embarrassing to admit that the majority of what I knew about General Patton came from the movie about his life. However, not nearly as embarrassing as reading in this biography that the source that they used for that movie was a man who did not like General Patton.
What I am not embarrassed about is what I have shared with my boys following reading this amazing biography. General Patton is a man that had qualities which my boys could learn from and carry with them throughout their own lives.
First, General Patton believed in the Bible. He also believed in it so much that he carried it with him at all times. Secondly, General Patton believed that there was always new ways to improve yourself and things to learn.
The General came from a long line of men who had a strong commitment to Country and military. This committed history is why Patton naturally gravitated towards the military. It seemed like the natural thing to do after the example that had been set forth to him. Leading by example had been how he was taught and it was exactly how he believed in leading as well.
Although General Patton had failures and mistakes in his life, I guess you could say an unofficial motto for him was "Failure is an option. Failing to start again is not." General Patton did not let failure or mistakes stop him from going forward.
After reading this book I think it is such a shame that the movie did not portray the true life of General Patton. What a much better movie it would have been.
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