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General Patton's Speech to the Troops

 

 
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This is a three part document that talks about the famous speech given by General George Patton.

Part I:    Introduction by Bill Moore, Major General, US Army, Retired
Part II:   The Background research
Part III:  The Speech



Part I:    Introduction by Bill Moore, Major General, US Army, Retired

This may offend some and most probably the DACOWITS and their followers will say this is what they all rail against-that such motivational speeches are unacceptable today-such arrogance they have. The effectiveness of raw Patton was demonstrated from the gun barrels of his vaunted Third Army-history has well documented what those brave soldiers and their flamboyant leader accomplished together. Revisionist historians have tried to dismiss the influence and tactical brilliance of George Patton-but ask his troops-remember you can't fool (Patton would have used the more familiar word here)the troops!!

Today, as our military institutions suffer from the insertion of political agendas by appointed civilian "leaders" and generals too often fail to meet the standards of self-discipline and accountability, it would be refreshing to this old soldier to see the return of the Patton-types. It would also devastate political correctness.

Imagine what General Patton, and many others of his WWII compatriots, would say about women in combat and all of the extraneous training diversions that homosexual sensitivity sessions are doing to troop morale. Patton knew that the combat arms were preeminent in our Army, that soldiers kill and some may die in performing the mission of the Third Army-but their deaths would not be on operations of dubious value to our country.

Soldiers, whether draftee or volunteer, understand the "language," both explicit and implied, of General Patton and they were motivated. Seems that few leaders these days want to learn from history, but I suggest they start trying to do so because the new Army is "off-azimuth".

LTG Claudia Kennedy said it best (and believe me this is the only thing I have heard her say with which I agree) "this is not your father's Army". But little did she realize that her verbiage was a condemnation of the force she believes she helped build.

Patton loved soldiers, sergeants were his Army's backbone and he would NEVER subject them to a harangue on COOing (remember General Kennedy and the Intel Sergeants Major conference).

Well-enough said-you get the idea. Read Patton's speech, but don't dare speculate on what kind of reception it will get in today's political correct military.

"Keep on Pushin"
Bill Moore, Major General, US Army, Retired


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