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Fighting Patton: George S. Patton Jr. Through the Eyes of His Enemiesby Harry Yeide
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Seeing the battle through the opponent’s eyes is the most dramatic way of seeing it. It is different in one important respect from “looking at it through the opposite end of the telescope.” For instead of being minimized, the picture is magnified—with startling vividness.—B. H. Liddell Hart
Many books have been written about Gen. George S. Patton Jr. Fighting Patton is the first to examine Patton through the eyes of his enemies, the opposing German commanders. During his extensive research through German wartime records, noted historian and author Harry Yeide has uncovered hundreds of unpublished unit reports, officer accounts, and telephone transcripts to illuminate the German perspective on how and why they lost their battles with Patton’s forces.
Patton was only five years old when he informed his parents he intended to become “a great general.” When he learned to read, the first book he bought was a history of decisive battles. In school he was always organizing sham battles. On his honeymoon in France, he took his young bride to historic battlefields and fortresses. Waging war was Patton’s passion and all his life he trained himself to fight. Nothing else really mattered to him.
Follow Patton’s rise through the ranks in the Mexican Expedition and World War I as well as his many campaigns throughout World War II:
* Breakthrough and the race across France
* The Bulge
* Into Germany and Victory
From Patton’s formative military service to his highs, lows, and ultimate victories in World War II, Yeide has created a fresh take on one of the most storied figures of twentieth-century warfare.
In Fighting Patton, noted historian Harry Yeide is the first to examine legendary U.S. General George S. Patton Jr. through the eyes of his enemies: the opposing German commanders of WWII.
Stripping away the unverifiable anecdotes that grew around the bold and outspoken Gen. George S. Patton Jr., Fighting Patton illuminates his successes and failures from the point of view of the German officers who faced him on the battlefield:
“The American breakthrough at St. Lô-Avranches, led by General Patton, was carried out with operational genius and unprecedented dash.”—Oberst Rudolf von Gersdorff
“Within my zone, the Americans never once exploited a success. Often Mellenthin, my chief of staff, and I would stand in front of the map and say, ‘Patton is helping us; he failed to exploit another success.’”—Oberstleutnant Hermann Balck
“[Patton was] a commander who could think on big lines, and who thoroughly understood the character of armored warfare.”—Generalmajor Friedrich-Wilhelm von Mellenthin
“Most surprisingly, [Patton] allowed the night of 15 March to pass without following up his successes, so that the troops of [LXXXII] Corps had the opportunity of retiring to a new line of defense.”—Oberst Ludwig von Ingelheim
What was it like to fight against one of the most hard-driving generals in history?
He is remembered as an officer with few equals, a leader who attained legendary status while commanding corps and armies as a general during World War II. Nicknamed “Old Blood and Guts,” he was also well known for his hard attitude, eccentricities, and controversial outspokenness. But no matter the image or label attached to his name, few will dispute General George S. Patton Jr.’s place as a truly timeless figure in the annals of military history. In Fighting Patton, U.S. international affairs analyst Harry Yeide is the first to examine this legendary leader through the eyes of his enemies: the opposing German commanders of WWII. Featuring hundreds of unpublished unit reports, officer accounts, and telephone transcripts—all uncovered during Yeide’s extensive exploration of German wartime records—Fighting Patton exposes the German perspective on how and why they lost their battles with Patton’s forces. This truly unique narrative follows Patton’s rise through the ranks in the Mexican Expedition and World War I as well as his many campaigns throughout World War II, from Tunisia, Sicily, and Normandy to Lorraine, the Bulge, and the heart of Germany. The result is a fresh, fascinating, and beautifully illustrated take on one of the most storied figures of twentieth-century warfare.
About the Author
Harry Yeide is an international affairs analyst with the U.S. federal government. He has worked primarily with political and security/military issues, writing assessments for the president and other senior policymakers. He is the author of Steel Victory (Presidio Press, 2003) and Zenith Press titles The Longest Battle (2005), Weapons of the Tankers (2006), The Tank Killers (2007), Steeds of Steel (2008), and Fighting Patton (2011, 2014). He is also the co-author, with Mark Stout, of First to the Rhine (Zenith Press, 2007). Yeide lives with his wife Nancy and three cats in Hyattsville, Maryland.
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