War as I Knew it

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 425 pages
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Adored by many, loathed by some, General George S. Patton, Jr., was one of the most brilliant military strategists in history. War As I Knew It is the personal and candid account of his celebrated, relentless crusade across western Europe during World War II. First published in 1947, this absorbing narrative draws on Patton's vivid memories of battle and his detailed diaries, from the moment the Third Army exploded onto the Brittany Peninsula to the final Allied casualty report. The result is not only a grueling, human account of daily combat and heroic feats - including a riveting look at the Battle of the Bulge - but a valuable chronicle of the strategies and fiery personality of a legendary warrior. Patton's letters from earlier military campaigns in North Africa and Sicily, complemented by a powerful retrospective of his guiding philosophies, further reveal a man of uncompromising will and uncommon character, which made "Georgie" a household name in mid-century America. With a new introduction.
 

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User Review  - justindtapp - LibraryThing

This was another of my $1 garage sale audio books. While Patton didn't exactly write an autobiography, this book is entirely made up of his journal entries, memoirs, letters home, and copies of orders ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zissou54 - LibraryThing

As a history junkie youngster I loved anything that had to do with WWII. And once I saw the amazing film, Patton, I began idolizing the General. In his memoir about his days as the commander of the ... Read full review

Contents

Third U S Army Campaigns viiiix
6
Operation Husky
53
The Campaign of France Avranches Brest to
89
Disposition and Movement of Third Army Troops from
106
Battle Line and Disposition of Third U S Army Troops
121
Forcing the Line of the Moselle 25 September
138
Disposition and Movement of Third U S Army
143
The Capture of Metz and the Saar Campaign
154
The Capture of Coblentz and the Palatinate
257
Forcing the Rhine Frankfurt on Main and Across
270
Forcing the Rhine FrankfortonMain and Across
296
Crossing the Danube and Entering Czechoslovakia
308
Movement of Third U S Army Divisions 19 May 1945
316
Reflections and Suggestions
335
Earning My Pay
367
A Operation Torch
393

The BastogneSt Vith Campaign The Bulge
193
Movement of Third U S Army Troops Bastogne
199
Third U S Army Switch of Major Elements 22 Decem
209
Concluding Campaign The Eifel to the Rhine
232
E Composition of an Army
418
H Divisions that Served with Third Army
424
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About the author (1995)

George S. Patton, Jr. was born in California in 1885, and entered Stephen Cutter Clark's School for Boys in 1897. He went on to the Virginia Military Institute in 1903, followed by West Point in 1904. He graduated from West Point in 1909. As a young cavalry officer and well-rounded athlete, he competed in five events during the 1912 Olympic games held in Stockholm, Sweden. He placed fifth in the pentathlon. Patton saw action in the pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico in 1916, as an aide to General John J. Pershing. He continued as an aide to Pershing until he transferred to the new Armored branch as the first U.S. Commander of Armor. He again saw action in World War I, and was hit by machine gun fire, suffering serious wounds. Patton received the most notoriety during World War II. He earned the nickname Old Blood and Guts and was labeled one of the "most colorful" American generals of the war. Patton received numerous decorations and medals from Luxembourg, Belgium, Great Britain and the Soviet Union. In December of 1945, Patton died of injuries from a car accident and was buried at the Third Army Cemetery in Luxembourg.

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