The Foundations

Great God, who through the ages,
Has braced the bloodstained hand,
As Saturn, Jove and Wodan,
Hast led our warrior band,
Again we seek Thy council,
But not in cringing guise;
We whine not for Thy mercy—
To slay: God make us wise.

G. S. Patton Jr in
The Women's Home Companion

Chaffee's plans for the armoured force envisaged as a first step the formation of the I Armored Corps consisting of the 1st Armored Division at Fort Knox, under Magruder, the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Benning under Scott and the 70th Reserve Tank Battalion. In the last week in June, Patton, well aware of what was in the wind, had sought a meeting with Chaffee and failed to get one. He did however see Scott. The result was a letter to Chaffee dated 24 June which betrays Patton's fears at this time that he would be passed over for a command in the new force as being over age or out of favour. Its wording is significant.

My dear General (Adna),

I was unfortunate in being unable to connect with you for a meal while you were here. I did see Scott, who told me that you were good enough to mention me in connection with a command in mechanization. I certainly appreciate your kindness and want to assure you, if it is necessary, which, knowing me, it probably is not, that I am always willing to fight and am enthusiastic in whatever job I have. I will always

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