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The immense crowd of men buzzed with anticipation as they waited, in full uniform, for his arrival. With a plethora of Colonels, Majors and young soldiers, the camp had a tension running through it. The man they waited for was one of great dignity, with a compelling voice, a powerful stride, and an unbreakable spirit. He was the one who was sent for when courage was faint and a true fighter was needed. The German Army not only hated him, but also feared him the most out of any ranked officer in the American military. At last, he arrived, impeccably dressed in full uniform, with gleaming knee high brown boots, shiny helmet and two ivory pistols swinging from the holsters on his hips.
All eyes watched him walk with confidence onto the platform and step up to the microphone. His intense stare scanned the crowd in front of him for a moment, with a grim look of intimidation. Then, his voice rose sharp and clear into the air. “Be seated,” he said. The men promptly obeyed, for it was a command, not a request. Then, General George S. Patton began to speak.
Patton’s famous speech to the Third Army on the eve of the allied invasion of France during World War II is something the men who witnessed it will never forget. He spoke with precision, eloquence and a hefty amount of profanity. With this brash disposition and strict disciplinary regime, Patton gained respect from his soldiers and superiors. He continually strove to train his troops to the highest standards of excellence, and expected nothing less of himself as well. He had unbelievable courage, determination and passion for his career and he is remembered as a true military hero of World War II. With unmatched integrity, pride and dedication, he became one of the most honorable and successful combat generals in the history of the United States.
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