George S. Patton: The Success Of Leadership In World War II

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Register to read the introduction… He lived by his father’s motto, “The first thing is to be a good soldier, next a good scholar” (Axelrod 18). In a letter to his father he wrote, “I have never broken a rule, or at least have not allowed myself to get caught.” In 1904 Senator Bard invited George to his office for an informal examination. Later on February 18, George and two other candidates were recommended to Senator Bard. With his son being so close George’s father increased his efforts to get Bard to choose his son until, on March 3, 1904 when he received a telegram announcing his son’s nomination (18-19).
Patton left the Virginia Military Institute with grades over ninety percent. When Patton joined West Point he learned quickly that there were stricter rules and regulations than there had been at the Virginia Military Institute. One of the rules that Patton felt was a waste of time was that everyone had to shave every day. Another one of the regulations that Patton happened to agree with as a southern gentlemen was that tablecloths had to be changed every night. Patton had a self-made destiny that made him coldly ambitious, apparently selfish, and utterly unsparing (Axelrod
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In November of 1942 Patton led the Western Task Force in the Allied invasion of North Africa and in March of 1943 Patton and his men won a major battle in the war of El Guettar. In July of 1945 after taking command of the Seventh Army, Patton led them in the invasion of Sicily. Soon afterwards Patton nearly ruined his career by slapping two soldiers he thought were faking battle fatigue. As it was, Patton’s promotion was delayed for several months (Stokesbury, James L.).
General Patton was famous for when he took control of the Third Army and led them in the French Campaign in the January of 1944. This was his beginning to World War Two. At one point Patton and his forces broke through at St. LO so quickly that they had to have supplies flown in by plane. Patton and his men worked so fast they were able to make it to the Battle of the Bulge. When the Germans finally surrendered, Patton’s forces held a large part of the American controlled land (Stokesbury, James

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