General George S. Patton, Jr. is a legendary figure in WWII history. He believed in fulfilling the unforgivable minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run. He proved it in his race across France, his relief of the besieged town of Bastogne and his drive into Germany.
Did you know…
10. He took dictation from his dog Willie when Willie wanted to write letters to the Patton’s family dog in Boston. Patton’s wife, Beatrice, would read the letters to their grandchildren.
9. He escaped an assassination attempt in Sicily.
8. He based his attack in Tunisia after Robert E. Lee’s Second Manassas battle plan.
7. He paid for flowers to be placed at his favorite table at a local British pub near Knutsford. They’re still there today.
6. He played badminton to stay in shape.
5. He fired one of his ivory-handled pistols on his first day in battle.
4. His personal assistant, Sergeant George Meeks, could neither read nor write.
3. He considered the German Tiger tank “a flop” because it was too slow.
2. He was often so close to the front that he could hear the different rates of fire of American and German machine guns.
1. He once flew over the German lines during the Normandy campaign.
In Patton’s Footsteps Tour
Learn more about this American military hero and his role in defeating the Germans on our In Patton’s Footsteps Tour June 13 – 24, 2017, This tour is led by historian Kevin M. Hymel, the author of Patton’s Photographs: War as He Saw It. He has been a popular historian with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours for more than 10 years, and has appeared in numerous documentaries on the History Channel and American Heroes Channel. He is the Research Director for WWII History and Military Heritage magazines and has written numerous articles for each.
About the In Patton’s Footsteps Tour
The In Patton’s Footsteps Tour is a fascinating WWII tour. We visit the sites and battlefields significant to Patton’s Third Army, including Normandy, Brittany, Mont-St-Michel, the battlegrounds of Falaise Pocket, Bastogne and Mainheim, Luxembourg, to understand how this maverick general helped win the war in Europe.
In Patton’s Footsteps Tour Highlights
- Brittany – Study the areas in Brittany where Patton’s Third Army staged their breakthrough and smashed an SS armored column
- Mont-St-Michel – Visit the historic seaside medieval monastery at Mont-St-Michel that is completely surrounded by water at high tides
- Battlegrounds of Falaise Pocket – See the museum and battlegrounds of Falaise Pocket where American, Polish and Canadian troops fought to prevent the German retreat
- Bastogne – Tour Bastogne and the area where Patton came to the relief of the encircled 101’st Airborne and the famous “Nuts” Museum where General McAuliffe refused to surrender
- Manheim, Luxembourg – Drive to Mannheim to the very corner where Patton’s eventually fatal accident occurred as well as the American Cemetery in Luxembourg where he is buried