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War As I Knew It

War As I Knew It


Book Overview: War As I Knew It

A classic of American military history first published in 1947, War as I Knew It is the captivating memoir of George S. Patton, Jr., the legendary general, incendiary warrior, and unparalled tactician of World War II.Drawing from General Patton's vivid memories of battle and his detailed diaries, covering the moment the Third Army exploded onto the Brittany Peninsula to the final Allied casualty report, this narrative presents a grueling, human account of daily combat and heroic feats -- including a riveting look at the Battle of the Bulge. 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. War As I Knew It presents a fascinating portrait of the full-of-vinegar, controversial commander."Few military figures in American history have laid siege to the public imagination more relentlessly than George S. Patton, Jr...His name still evokes the dash and brio of a cavalry charge."--from the Introduction by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Rick Atkinson

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PublisherHoughton Mifflin
Publication Date1995-05-08
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Renowned as one of the most outstanding military figures in U.S. history, George S. Patton, a third-generation soldier, was born on November 11, 1885, in San Gabriel, California. Patton attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1909, and made history early with his exceptional skills in cavalry, leading the first motorized attack in U.S. history during the 1916 Pancho Villa Expedition. Patton’s extensive military career is highlighted by his significant role during World War II. He commanded the U.S. Seventh and later the Third Army in the European Theater, earning a reputation for his relentless drive and success on the battlefield. Known for his aggressive tactics and dynamic personality, Patton played a crucial role in the victories in the North Africa Campaign, the Invasion of Sicily, and the infamous Battle of the Bulge. Apart from his numerous military accomplishments, Patton was also an eloquent speaker and writer. His famous "Blood and Guts" speech inspired many soldiers and significantly showcased his passionate, fiery temperament. Patton passed away on December 21, 1945, leaving behind an enduring legacy. His strategic genius, dynamic leadership, and innovative tactics continue to be studied in military academies worldwide, making him an enduring figure in U.S. military history.

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