Sunday, January 22, 2012

Latest Reading

War As I Knew It, by General George S. Patton, Jr.

Edited by Beatrice Ayer Patton, the General's wife, with the help of his Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Paul D. Harkins, with an introduction by Douglas Southall Freeman. This is an excellent source for understanding the motivations and decisions Patton made. It also overthrows the slander spewed by the movie bearing his name making him look like some type of terribly vain and petty martinet. This book, along with the British book on Patton and his armies I read earlier, give a much more fully focused picture of America's best fighting general who was much like General Ulysses S. Grant in his tactics, in my opinion, giving preeminence to constant motion and being on the attack, plus willing to suffer a high casualty rate in order to ensure success that would save lives later. A must read for students of World War II.

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