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On War and Leadership by Owen Connelly

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VIII

George S. Patton, Jr.

(1885–1945)

IN WORLD WAR II, George Patton was the general deemed most dangerous by the German High Command. During the planning for the Allied invasion of Normandy (D-Day, 6 June 1944), the Allies created a bogus Army Group with an active radio network opposite the Pas de Calais, and let slip that Patton would command it. As a result, a large part of the German Army on the Atlantic Wall was held in that area.1 Rommel believed the invasion would come in Normandy, but could not persuade Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt or Hitler to let him concentrate the panzers there.2 After the D-Day invasion Rommel praised the blitzkrieg tactics of the Patton-Armee.3

Called “Old Blood and Guts” by his men, Patton was hated by many ...

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