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Author Blumenson, Martin.

Title Patton : legendary commander / Martin Blumenson and Kevin Hymel
Edition First edition
Published Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 117 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Series Potomac's military profiles
Military profiles.
Contents Family and boyhood -- Virginia Military Institute and West Point -- Mexico and World War I -- The long wait -- North Africa and Sicily -- Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge -- The end of the war and occupation -- His meaning and legacy
Summary "Shortly after World War II, when the Allies interrogated Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, the senior commander who opposed the Allied invasion of France, they asked him to rate the skills of his opponents. He is reputed to have said, "Patton, he was your best."" "Praise for his performance was precisely what George Smith Patton, Jr., had sought all his life. As a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute and West Point, he was already searching for what he called "the undefinable difference" that distinguished a great general from the good ones. He led a mechanized attack in Mexico and a tank battalion during World War I. In World War II he turned American fortunes around in North Africa, chased the Germans out of Sicily, and sparked the breakout and liberation of France. When the Germans attacked the American First Army in the Battle of the Bulge, Patton turned his army north and smashed the German salient. He then drove into the heart of Germany and reached Czechoslovakia by war's end." "Brilliant yet flawed, Patton's leadership style drove himself and his men to acts of bravery and victory. Half uncouth, provincial cowboy and half cultured sophisticate, the man behind the warrior mask was a complex and paradoxical person. He became an icon of the American military leader and the uncompromising individual." --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 97-108) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945.
United States. Army -- Biography.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
United States -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Military history.
Form Electronic book
Author Hymel, Kevin, 1966-
ISBN 1612340679 (electronic bk.)
9781612340678 (electronic bk.)