All About Lieutenant General, Army of The United States George Smith Patton, Jr. (01)…
George Smith Patton, Jr. (also George Smith Patton III) (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a United States Armyofficer most famous for his leadership commanding corps and armies as a general in World War II. He was also widely known for his controversial outspokenness.
Patton was commissioned in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1909. In 1916-17 he participated in the unsuccessful Pancho Villa Expedition seeking to capture the Mexican revolutionary. In World War I he was the first officer assigned to the new United States Tank Corps and saw action in France. After the war he was a strong advocate ofarmored warfare.
In World War II he commanded corps and armies in North Africa, Sicily, and the European Theater of Operations. Near the end of the Sicilian campaign he jeopardized his career by slapping a soldier recuperating from battle fatigue at a hospital, whom he regarded as a coward. Relieved of his command by Allied Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower over the well-publicized incident, Patton was relegated to acting as a decoy in Operation Quicksilver instead of playing a major part in theNormandy Landings and Operation Overlord. However, he was later given command of the U.S. Third Army and ably led it in breaking out of the hedgerows of Normandy and across France. A surprise German offensive at the Battle of the Bulge resulted in American units being surrounded in Bastogne, but Patton rapidly disengaged his army from fighting in another sector and moved it over 100 miles in 48 hours to relieve the siege.