Blood, Guts, and Grease
George S. Patton in World War I
Drawing upon Patton's papers and archival documents in the National Archives, this is an early-career biography of the eminent military leader. It begins with his exploits as a relatively junior but ambitious Army officer who, due to his family's wealth and influence, was able to join General John J. Pershing's American Expeditionary Force (AEF). This assignment would ultimately change his life in two ways: it would make Pershing the mentor Patton would emulate for the rest of his life, and it would catapult his military career as the first tanker in the US Army.
This study follows Patton's trajectory, from the creation of the Tank Corps and the Light Tank School, to Patton's eventual successes and injuries during the Battle of Saint Mihiel, the attack into Pannes, and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Revealed is that the experience Patton gained in World War I was seminal in his evolvement as a leader and laid the groundwork for not only his own personal future triumphs but also for the success of the entire United States Army armored forces in World War II.
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"Mikolashek's fine work is built around a careful investigation of George Patton's original papers, and because of this, the reader will discover fundamental relationships, events, and insights from his World War I days that begin to shape the soldier he became in World War II."—Ed Coss, US Army Command and General Staff College
"This important work is not only an origin of a legend but the account of a man who becomes a leader, an experiment that becomes the weapon, and a conflict gaining deserved new attention a century after it ended."—Vincent P. Mikkelsen, American Military University
"Blood, Guts, and Grease deserves to be read...because it sheds light on the complex personality that has been, in many ways, masked by the legend that emerged during World War II and has grown since."—Col. Gregory Fontenot, ARMY Magazine
"Countless biographies have been written about George S. Patton Jr. Unfortunately most pay only little attention to Patton's World War I experiences, which were the bedrock of his successful command of a corps and two field armies in World War II. Jon B. Mikolashek's Blood, Guts and Grease: George S. Patton in World War I fills that void with his detailed and insightful examination of this seminal period of Patton's career."—ARMOR Magazine
"As Mikolashek successfully argues in this incisive biography, truly understanding Patton the general officer, legendary for his World War II victories, requires knowing how his Great War experiences helped prepare him for those epic campaigns."—Journal of Military History
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