“Never let the enemy pick the battle site.”
General George S. Patton, (11 November 1885 – 21 December 1945)
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Patton Theatrical Movie Trailer (1970)
My Uncle served under General Patton. They hated him BUT! They followed him because they respected him. I know that is a contradiction in terms.
No, it is NOT a contradiction in terms, Upaces. The men knew his goals, and his inner integrity. And that is why they respected and followed him. There was a world of difference between him, and some of the fragged officers of the Viet Nam war.
Good quote. Patton would appalled at what his beloved Army has become. Probably break his hand bitchslapping the perfumed princes.
And he’d probably start with the bimbo in the white house. Dempsey would be no more noticeable than a pimple on an ass.
He’d probably join with Vallelly and a few others, and devil take the hindmost~!~!
Man of few words. The best leaders acknowledge leading can not mean they are part of the family because they must remain separate and privately hurting in order to make best choices. It is one of the loneliest positions man is tasked to hold. They are greatly respected for their leadership skills, attention to details and honorable behavior, choosing to stand for and behind the core that they within themselves believe to be truth, and recognizing that those who serve under them are the power, the will and the strength of their worth. As flamboyant and defiant as he was, Patton drew attention to our fighting men and women. He forced Congress to acknowledge them knowing that his own career was at stake, recognizing that sacrifices had to be made because Congress was marginalizing these lives. Had he been allowed as a top ranking military man to truly do his job, quite a bit of the years following would have had different outcomes. We train our canines to be top notch soldiers not by ignoring but by acknowledging their gifts and shortcomings. Command and training requires building on that depth of trust necessary to command both realizing that at some point their lives may be forfeit without the trust of companion. This man could have made a difference except for those greedy for monetary and political gain. I have a feeling he is now turning in his grave, chomping at the restraint of time and space to lead this country back to its constitution that he swore allegiance and fought to preserve.
Beautifully stated, Uriel. I’d have to rate this the Comment of the Thread.
Patton was a LEADER, and he led from the front, not the rear echelons. Few since then have had that kind of courage, that kind of “moxie”.
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