.: Bob Williams' Miniart General George Smith Patton & "Willie" the Bull Terrier

Brand:
Miniart
Scale:
1/16
Modelling Time:
~ hrs
PE/Resin Detail:
none
Comments:

"A rather poorly sculpted model, except perhaps for his dog "Willie", and I have made some additions to that (including his 'willy' and balls, which the 'sculptor' had rather coyly left off!)
Patton was a truly appalling man ; egotistic, arrogant and insecure - His dyslexia was probably the least of his disabilities, and his dog must have been a great disappointment to him. Ugly and aggressive looking (not unlike his master) but in fact said to be ' a coward', often seen cowering behind his master.
As for the scale of this kit; it is said to be (on the box) 1/16 which would make Patton about seven feet tall! That may have been intentional - I'm sure he liked to think of himself as 'larger than life'."

George S. Patton

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George S. Patton
Pattonphoto.jpg
Signature of George S. Patton
George S. Patton as a lieutenant general
Birth name George Smith Patton, Jr.
Nickname Bandito
Old Blood and Guts
The Old Man
Born November 11, 1885
San Gabriel, California
Died December 21, 1945 (aged 60)
Heidelberg, Germany
Place of burial American Cemetery and Memorial, Luxembourg City (49°36′42″N 06°11′08″E / 49.61167°N 6.18556°E / 49.61167; 6.18556)
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1909–1945
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held 304th Tank Brigade
3rd Squadron, 3d Cavalry
5th Cavalry Regiment
3d Cavalry Regiment
2nd Brigade, 2nd Armored Division
2nd Armored Division
I Armored Corps
Desert Training Center
II Corps
Seventh United States Army
Third United States Army
Fifteenth United States Army
Battles/wars

Mexican Revolution

World War I

World War II

Awards Distinguished Service Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Cross (2)
Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Silver Star ribbon.svg Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star
Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart
Officer Ordre de Leopold.png Order of Leopold (Grand Officer)
BEL Croix de Guerre 1944 ribbon.svg Belgian Croix de guerre (Palm)
Order of the White Lion.svg Order of the White Lion
Czechoslovak War Cross 1939-1945 Bar.png Czechoslovak War Cross
Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg Legion of Honour (Commander)
Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 ribbon.svg Croix de guerre
LUX Order of Adolphe Nassau Grand Cross BAR.png Order of Adolphe of Nassau (Grand Cross)
LUX Croix de Guerre ribbon.svg Luxembourg War Cross
MAR Order of the Ouissam Alaouite - Grand Cross (1913-1956) BAR.png Order of Ouissam Alaouite (Grand Cross)
Order kutuzov1 rib.png Order of Kutuzov (1st Class)
Order of the Bath UK ribbon.png Order of the Bath (Companion)
Order BritEmp rib.png Order of the British Empire (Knight Commander)
Relations Major General George Patton IV (son)
General John K. Waters (Son in law)

George Smith Patton, Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a general in the United States Army, best known for his command of the Seventh United States Army, and later the Third United States Army, in the European Theater of World War II.

Born in 1885 to a privileged family with an extensive military background, Patton attended the Virginia Military Institute, and later the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He participated in the 1912 Olympic Modern Pentathlon, and was instrumental in designing the M1913 "Patton Saber". Patton first saw combat during the Pancho Villa Expedition in 1916, taking part in America's first military action using motor vehicles. He later joined the newly formed United States Tank Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces and saw action in World War I, first commanding the U.S. tank school in France before being wounded near the end of the war. In the interwar period, Patton remained a central figure in the development of armored warfare doctrine in the U.S. Army, serving on numerous staff positions throughout the country. Rising through the ranks, he commanded the U.S. 2nd Armored Division at the time of the U.S. entry into World War II.

Patton led U.S. troops into the Mediterranean theater with an invasion of Casablanca during Operation Torch in 1942, where he later established himself as an effective commander through his rapid rehabilitation of the demoralized U.S. II Corps. He commanded the Seventh Army during the Invasion of Sicily, where he was the first allied commander to reach Messina. There he was embroiled in controversy after he slapped two shell-shocked soldiers under his command, and was temporarily removed from battlefield command for other duties such as participating in Operation Fortitude's disinformation campaign for Operation Overlord. Patton returned to command the Third Army following the invasion of Normandy in 1944, where he led a highly successful, rapid armored drive across France. He led the relief of beleaguered U.S. troops at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and advanced his army into Nazi Germany by the end of the war.

After the war, Patton became the military governor of Bavaria, but he was relieved of this post because of his statements on denazification. He commanded the Fifteenth United States Army for slightly more than two months. Patton died following an automobile accident in Europe on December 21, 1945.

Patton's colorful image, hard-driving personality and success as a commander were at times overshadowed by his controversial public statements regarding the Soviet Union which were out of accord with American foreign policy. But his philosophy of leading from the front and his ability to inspire his troops with vulgarity-ridden speeches, such as a famous address to the Third Army, attracted favorable attention. His strong emphasis on rapid and aggressive offensive action proved effective. While Allied leaders held sharply differing opinions on Patton, he was regarded highly by his opponents in the German High Command. A popular, award-winning biographical film released in 1970 helped transform Patton into an American folk hero.

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