WW2 Exhibition

George S. Patton
George S. Patton - (United States)
No U. S. General was more controversial during World War II than George S. Patton. He served in the cavalry in the early part of the 20th century, was an early convert to tank warfare, and served as a tank brigade commander in World War I. He commanded a Corps in North Africa and planned the invasion of Sicily in 1943. He was known as a harsh commander (his nickname was "old blood and guts"), even slapping a soldier whom he thought exhibited cowardice, an incident that nearly got him fired. In 1944, Patton was the commander of a fake U. S. Army group used to trick the Germans into believing he would be leading the invasion of Europe at the Pas-de-Calais. The trick worked, and allied forces successfully landed at Normandy on June 6, 1944.