|Born||in San Gabriel, California, USA|
|Died||in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (road accident)|
|Birth Name||George Smith Patton Jr.|
|Height||6' 1½" (1.87 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ways and a degree of emotional instability (which manifested itself in the slapping of two soldiers suffering from shell-shock at an Army field hospital) put the kibosh on that. Patton was relieved of his command and put on ice for many months in order to recuperate. The command of the American forces on D-Day, instead, went to his former deputy in North Africa, Omar N. Bradley.
Patton was known as "Blood & Guts" ("Our blood, his guts," was a common gripe among his troops for his hard-driving discipline, which paid off in lower casualties and great success on the battlefield. With the exception of Douglas MacArthur, Patton ranks as the greatest general the U.S. put on the field during the Second World War.
George Patton achieved four-star rank for his battlefield exploits as one of the best commanders of mechanized forces on either side during the War. He succeeded Dwight D. Eisenhower as the Military Governor of the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany, when Ike -- a five-star general -- was promoted to Army Chief of Staff.
Patton was immortalized in the 1970 eponymous film, which won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor (George C. Scott). It was President Richard Nixon's favorite film.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood
|Beatrice Banning Ayer||(26 May 1910 - 21 December 1945) (his death) (3 children)|
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Personal Quotes (11)
-- speech to the troops, somewhere in England, June 5, 1944