War as I Knew It

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First published in 1947, War As I Knew It is the captivating memoir of George S. Patton, Jr., the legendary American general, incendiary warrior, and unparalleled military tactician of World War II. Drawing on his vivid memories of battle and detailed diaries, Patton dramatically recounts his celebrated Third Army's sweeping campaign across Western Europe right up to the final Allied casualty report. The result is a remarkable frontline view of daily strategies and heroic drives—including the rescue of the Battle...
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Overview

First published in 1947, War As I Knew It is the captivating memoir of George S. Patton, Jr., the legendary American general, incendiary warrior, and unparalleled military tactician of World War II. Drawing on his vivid memories of battle and detailed diaries, Patton dramatically recounts his celebrated Third Army's sweeping campaign across Western Europe right up to the final Allied casualty report. The result is a remarkable frontline view of daily strategies and heroic drives—including the rescue of the Battle of the Bulge from Allied infamy and the triumphant Palatinate Campaign—revealing a fascinating portrait of the full-of-vinegar, controversial commander. With selected prefatory letters from Patton's earlier ventures in North Africa and Sicily and a powerful concluding retrospective, War As I Knew It is a classic of American military history.

A human and eloquent story told by a great military genius. Contains the rules and principles forged from the general's fighting experience in three wars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553259919
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1983
  • Series: War Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 431,178
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction by Rick Atkinson
Pt. 1 Open Letters from Africa and Sicily
1 Operation "Torch": North Africa 3
2 Operation "Husky": The Invasion of Sicily 53
Pt. 2 Operation "Overlord"
1 The Campaign of France, Avranches, Brest to the Moselle - 1 August to 24 September 1944: Touring France with an Army 89
2 Forcing the Line of the Moselle - 25 September to 7 November 1994: The Flood 138
3 The Capture of Metz and the Saar Campaign - 8 November to 8 December 1944: Stuck in The Mud 164
4 The Bastogne - St. Vith Campaign "The Bulge" - 19 December 1944 to 28 January 1945: The Bulge 193
5 The Eifel to the Rhine and the Capture of Trier - 29 January to 12 March 1945: Many Rivers and Passive Defense 230
6 The Capture of Coblentz and the Palatinate Campaign - 13 March to 21 March 1945: The Beginning of the End 257
7 Forcing the Rhine, Frankfurt on Main, and Across the Mulde - 22 March to 21 April 1945: "The Rhine, The Rhine, The German Rhine" 270
8 Crossing the Danube and Entering Czechoslovakia and Austria - 22 April to 9 May 1945: The Last Round-up 308
Pt. 3 Retrospect
1 Reflections and Suggestions 335
2 Earning My Pay 367
App. A Operation "Torch" 393
App. B Composition of II Corps 395
App. C Operation "Husky" 396
App. D Letters of Instruction 397
App. E Composition of an Army 418
App. F Roster of Principal Staff Officers 420
App. G Corps that Served with Third Army 422
App. H Divisions that Served with Third Army 424
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2002

    Read this book

    I learned alot about the 2nd World war and one of it´s greatest leaders. One of the greatest leaders in all of military history.

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