George S. Patton was born on November 11, 1885 and pasted away on December 21, 1905. He was the first person to believe in what tanks could do and how effective they can be. He also lead the first major attack that was successful using a brigade of tanks.
Throughout Patton's early life he had problems with reading and mathematics. So going to college was a struggle for him. When he finally made it into West Point he took the chance and never looked back. He first year at West Point proved to be just a regular adjustment year away from home. But he did fail math so he had to repeat the year. Their was one thing that Patton excelled in and that was in Military drills.
By his junior year at West Point he was a Cadet Sergeant Major. Then by his senior year he had reached Cadet Adjutant. Although he was good at football injuries held him out it so he decide to join the track and field team as well as joining the sword team. With in the next couple years Patton got so good at Swordsmanship he competed in the Olympics. He graduated from West Point 46th in his class and was appointed second lieutenant of the Calvary.
Patton was given an assignment to go to the Philippines and serve there but he fear that that would throw off his military career. So he went and talked to some of his friends in higher ranks. General John Pershing move him from this assignment to Fort Bliss in Texas which bordered a Mexican country in a full out civil war.
After being moved to Texas Patton asked to command troops and his wish was granted. He was given a promotion to First Lieutenant and given permission to command the 13th Calvary Regiment. Their task was to hunt for food for all the other soldiers.
Once the US became involved in WW1 Patton requested to join Pershing's army heading for the front lines. His request was granted and off he went to the front lines. In the next few months before he was shipped over seas he was given a promotion to Captain. For those months Patton was moved to Chaumont but didn't like his position there. Then he started to become fascinated with tanks and what they can do. But however Pershing (a higher rank than Patton) had different ideas about what Patton would do. He thought Patton would be a good leader for a battalions. But a quick chat with Col. Fox changed Patton's and Pershing's minds forever.
Patton was given the job to start and instruct a light tank school. His first shipment of tanks came on January 28, 1917 the same day he was promoted to Major. He only had ten tanks in all and being the only one with tank experience he backed seven of the ten tanks off the train. Patton was responsible for training tank crews to assist infantry troops on the ground.
In November of 1918 Patton lead the first U.S. tank attack in the history of the U.S. army. He also issued the no tank will surrender policy. Patton made sure he was always visible in tank battles. He rode on top of tanks and walking on foot were just two of the ways he lead his brigade into battle. Patton was wounded while leading his brigade against German machine gun fire. While wounded he still commanded his brigade from the trenches.
Patton was not able to return to WW1 but he did go on to become one of the most successful generals in American history. Patton will always be remembered for what he did in WW2 but what many people don't know and what I want people to take away from this spark is that Patton was one of the founding fathers of Tank warfare.