Patton: Old Blood And Guts (Great Commanders)

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General George Smith Patton came to the fore in the fighting in North Africa and Sicily in 1942 and 1943 as a tough and inspirational field commander who drove his army as relentlessly as he did himself. Arrogant, vainglorious and unpopular with his fellow Allied generals, he was nevertheless one of the great land force commanders of the Second World War. Patton inspired an unswerving loyalty in his men, perhaps difficult to understand in the light of his treatment of them, which was often bullying and sometimes cruel. However, when the raw and untested US soldiers came to face the much-feared German panzer divisions in North Africa, he gave his men the self-belief to take them on. He refused to allow his army to think that they were second best. Trevor Royle portrays the real Patton, a man who behind the bluster was thoughtful and deeply religious with wide interests in literature and military history. Patton's fatal car crash in post-war Germany in 1945 meant that Old Blood and Guts never faced the 'horrors of peace' he so feared.

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Trevor Royle is a broadcaster and author specialising in the history of war and empire with a score of books to his credit. His most recent book, Civil War: The Wars of the Three Kingdoms 1638-1660, a revisionist history of the English Civil War, has received excellent reviews. He is also the author of Crimea: The Great Crimean War 1854-1856 and a highly praised biography of the controversial Chindit leader Major-General Orde Wingate. As a journalist he is an associate editor of the Glasgow Sunday Herald and is also a regular commentator on defence matters and international affairs for the BBC. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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'Royle brings new insight to a remarkable man, cataloging his many faults, his unerring ability to upset both British and American contemporaries and his unmatched fighting spirit and settling them fluidly in the context of the time.' -- Ian Bruce THE GLASGOW HERALD 'Royle writes persuasively about tactics and strategy...' TLS '...a good read.' BBC HISTORY magazine '... shrewd and balanced... This book is the ideal introduction to the newcomer on the subject' MILITARY ILLUSTRATED 'Trevor Royle can be relied upon to tell a story well ... very good biography... An excellent read.' MILITARY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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