I Was With Patton: First-Person Accounts of WWII In George S. Patton's Command

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Ask a silver-haired veteran of World War II his branch of service and where he served, and hell reply, "Navys Atlantic Fleet." "Marine in the South Pacific." "Army Air Force based in Italy."

If this man is a Gl veteran of North Africa, Sicily, or the Third Army in Europe, however, his response will be a terse, "I was with Patton."

General George S. Patton was a larger-than-life figure whose genius for mechanized warfare and relentless pursuit ...

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Overview

Ask a silver-haired veteran of World War II his branch of service and where he served, and hell reply, "Navys Atlantic Fleet." "Marine in the South Pacific." "Army Air Force based in Italy."

If this man is a Gl veteran of North Africa, Sicily, or the Third Army in Europe, however, his response will be a terse, "I was with Patton."

General George S. Patton was a larger-than-life figure whose genius for mechanized warfare and relentless pursuit of the enemy made him one of the great commanders of World War II. This coupled with his swaggering self-confidence, insufferable brashness, penchant for profanity, explosive temper, countless eccentricities, and uncanny talent for exasperating his superiors, made Patton a legend.

What was it like serving under this unforgettable general? I Was With Patton uncovers the stories of the brave men and women who knew him, worked with him, fought for him, and gave their lives for him. Ranging from the humorous to the horrific, this fascinating book is a remarkable, one-of-a-kind collection of remembrances and anecdotes as told by the individuals who experienced World War II under Pattons command.

Any soldier who served under the watch of General George S. Patton was shaped in his image and infused with his aggressiveness, sense of destiny, and pride. What Patton demanded of his troops and the results they achieved went beyond rational explanation. His extraordinary command and their exceptional performance set them apart, and they knew it.

Inside are front-line accounts from soldiers who served under the legendary general whose hell-for-leather drive finally impaled Hitlers Germany and changed the world forever.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760310717
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 4
Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Training for "A Nice Juicy War": April 1941-July 1942 11
Chapter 2 Dueling in the Desert: November 1942-June 1943 29
Chapter 3 Racing Across Sicily: July 1943-January 1944 62
Chapter 4 Preparing in Britain: January 1944-June 1944 96
Chapter 5 Rampaging Through France: July 1944-August 1944 114
Chapter 6 Stalled at the Moselle: Late August-October 1944 151
Chapter 7 On the Hunt Again: November 1944 183
Chapter 8 Battling the Bulge: December 1944-January 1945 203
Chapter 9 Through the Siegfried Line and Beyond: Late January-May 1945 233
Chapter 10 Aftermath 266
Sources of Quotations 298
Selected Bibliography 302
Index 303
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    Not what I expected

    Although there are some accounts by men who served close to Patton, this book is mostly (70%) a compilation of memories of men who served under Patton but never saw him (except momentarily perhaps), or were close to him. It is a mix of their tales of the war, rather than a good insight into General Patton himself. As an account of the war by those who served on the front lines, it is a good book, however, if getting a good view of General Patton is your goal, it is a waste of time. I can not recommend this book for serious students of Gen. Patton. It was a disappointing read.

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