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05-15-2007, 06:58 AM
George S. Patton

The Speech. Somewhere in England, June 5th, 1944.



"Be seated."

Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of ********. Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle.

You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight. When you, here, every one of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.

You are not all going to die. Only two percent of you right here today would die in a major battle. Death must not be feared. Death, in time, comes to all men. Yes, every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he's not, he's a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. Some men get over their fright in a minute under fire. For some, it takes an hour. For some, it takes days. But a real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base. Americans pride themselves on being He Men and they ARE He Men.

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05-15-2007, 08:09 AM
Patton, while definitely a Martinet, was the "G.I.'s General", quite unlike the larger share of WWII old school Generals . . A true Cavalryman, he saw little need to use up resources and lives to attack and lay siege to defended positions and towns . . when bypassing that particular resistance and letting logistics settle the issue . . no supplies or ammo, they would surrender . . and applied the sage admonition, "You can't hit a moving target" . . Patton's armor moved fast enough the Germans couldn't set up a MLR, and was constantly retreating to protect it's flanks . . Probably the last, best thing Patton's armored forces accomplished was the opening of the siege of Bastogne in Janurary of 1945, relieving MacAuliffe's 101st A/B . . (Lt. Gen. Taylor was actually the CO of the 101st but just happened to be in Washington during the attack and following Battle of the Bulge, and came back just in time to be there for the "Break out" . . Brig. Gen. Tony MacAuliffe was the General who answered "Nut's!" to the German's demand to surrender on Christmas Day, 1944)

As for "George's Prelude to Landing in North Africa" Speech, it was a great, theatrical presentation. Put on for troops who had never seen combat before. Had he given the same speech again, before most of the same troops, prior to invading Sicily, they would have got up and left, en masse, because they knew what made them fight . . Self Preservation . . Eisenhower made a similar speech three days prior to the Normandy Invasion to the 82nd and 101st A/B and I'm sure the Rangers who would lead the first wave onto the beach heard pretty much the same . .

But . . in all the recorded recounts of the people who were there, right after the first "Holy Sh*t!", the war simplified quickly into the soldier and his comrade's self preservation and Mission . . God, Country and Family were the last things on their minds . . "First, stay alive and then do what I came here to do" . . this is echoed in all the histories of particular men, read Ambrose, Gray, Winters, etc . . a continuing theme . . and it still is the same today, in Iraq, Afghanistan and any other place we send our troops . . The political reasons we are there for make for discussion, and reason, but actuality and reality is what makes the soldier do what he does . . And the better trained he is, the better and safer (if there is such a thing) he is. Confidence in his ability is a better weapon than anything he can put Ammo in . .