General Patton Leadership

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General George Patton “Leadership Principles” As commander of the 3rd Army, General George Patton, a.k.a. “Blood and Guts” achievements on the battlefield during W.W.II were unparalleled. He was able to get his troops to overcome amazing feats and gain the respect of his enemies. Patton was able to win throughout France and Germany. He exposed himself as a clever warrior, an exceptional strategist, an inspiration to his troops, a great motivator and a gifted leader. It would be hard to find a better leader. General Patton was born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California. His military career was one of the most colorful of all the 20th century military leaders. He was a graduate of West Point in1909. He took part in the Pentathlon of the Stockholm Olympics in 1912. He managed to place fifth overall in the event. Later, he served as a member of the staff of General John Pershing. He stayed with General Pershing both in Mexico and during World War I. Patton idolized Pershing as a mentor. General Pershing was all that Patton wanted to be. He joined the newly formed Tank Corps. He served until the Corps was dismantled in 1920. After World War I, he held a variety of staff jobs in Hawaii and Washington D.C. During this time he completed his military schooling and graduated from the Army War College. He served as control officer for the mechanized maneuvers in Georgia and Louisiana, which tested the entire mechanized concept of the Army. In 1940, with the formation of the Armored Force at Fort Knox, he transferred to the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was named the Commanding General of the 2nd Armored Division on April 11, 1941. On November 8, 1942, Patton commanded the Western Task Forcw, the only all American force, landing in North Africa. When the Americans were defeated at Kasserine Pass, Patton was given command of all American forces

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