Magazine article Newsweek

Patton's Plan for Winning the War

Magazine article Newsweek

Patton's Plan for Winning the War

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KNUTSFORD, ENGLAND, 1944: Richard J. Stillman was a major on Gen. George S. Patton's general staff.

It was a bitterly cold march day, and the 300 men who were to serve on General Patton's Third Army staff were all standing outside, waiting for him. Suddenly a voice announced, "The Army commander!" and Patton walked out the door of Peover Hall. I had never seen spit and polish like George Smith Patton Jr. He had on gleaming brown leather boots, pink riding breeches, an Eisenhower-type jacket with brass buttons, a necktie, a leather belt with brass buckles on it and he carried a swagger stick and a pistol. He was 6 feet 1, 205 pounds, and he appeared bigger than life to me.

He had a reputation-they called him "Old-Blood-and-Guts"-but we weren't prepared for what he'd be like in person, especially his richly profane vocabulary. He gave us the reasons for fighting those Nazi "sons of bitches. …

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