War As I Knew It

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The personal and candid account of General Patton's celebrated, relentless crusade across western Europe during World War II

First published in 1947, War as I Knew It is an absorbing narrative that draws from 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. The result is not only a grueling, human account of daily combat and heroic feats—including a riveting ...

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Overview

The personal and candid account of General Patton's celebrated, relentless crusade across western Europe during World War II

First published in 1947, War as I Knew It is an absorbing narrative that draws from 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. 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 by one of the most brilliant military strategists in history. 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.

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: 9780395735299
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 527,439
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.00 (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 November 14, 2007

    Should be read by every active duty serviceman

    EXCELLENT!!! General Patton's insights are invaluable for life. Especially helpful for new officers and NCO's is the last couple of chapters & appendices, however the entire book is filled with wise counsel. A MUST READ for those serving our country in the military. Patton's practicle insights could save the lives of many on the front lines.

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