I just read Patton’s book “War as I knew it” and found one of the best sexual purity men out there. Patton was well read, he studied his enemy and stayed on the attack (or asked to be relieved). He knew how to motivate men and empower them, he said it like it was, and rewarded success. My favorite story from the book was that after weeks of bad weather he ordered his Chaplin to pray for good weather so they could rescue to 101st surrounded at Bastogne during the Battle of Bulge. Here is that prayer:
Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.
The weather cleared the next morning and he awarded his Chaplin James O’Neill the Bronze Star on the spot. He needed just 24 hours of good weather but got 6 instead and relieved Bastogne. Here are some of my favorite Patton lines:
A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
80% of a commanders mission is to arouse the moral of his men.
A violent pursuit finishes the show, caution leads to a new battle.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with there ingenuity.
No one is thinking if everyone is thinking alike.
Wars are not won on defensive tactics.
You are not beaten until you admit it.
Keep moving and the enemy cannot hit you. Dig a fox hole and you dig your grave.
Always lead from the front.
One’s spirit enlarges with responsibility.
Success is how high you can bounce when you have hit bottom.
Fatigue produces pessimism.
Wars are lost by not crossing rivers.
All very successful commanders are prima donnas.
Reports by wounded men are always exagerated in favor of the enemy.
One visit is worth more than 100 reports.
Fire is the queen of battle. Battles are won on fire and movement.
The only sure defence is offence. Trust in a defensive position reduces your power.
One continues to learn about war by practicing it.
Great disappointments are the road to future success.