Forty, George.


1st ed., 1996. 268 pp., various photo-plates + some plans. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Many biographies have been written about George Patton but too often they ignore the contribution of the organised, trained army beneath him. In this descriptive and analytical study, the author shows that Patton not only understood how to manage an army but also how to mould it to his campaign needs and maximise its efficiency at every turn. This man, who had fought in tanks in World War I and had come to see their value if used differently, knew and comprehended the basics of soldiering while being able to conceive the greater strategy and employ it – and he designed his armies to achieve these goals. Readers of this empathetic study of a tough soldier's army will see how George Patton won the battles he did and why Eisenhower was surely right to keep this personification of a field general at the sharp end of Allied action in World War II.

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