PATTON, GEORGE S.
1885-1945

A skilled field commander and tactician, he was the Allied general the Germans feared above all others.

July 2006

Compiled by Bibliography Branch
Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources


General George S. Patton, Jr.
Available online at:  http://www.generalpatton.com/.

Provides a short biography, pictures, and quotes.

General George S. Patton, Jr.  1885-1945  (Homepage of Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor).
Available online at:  http://www.knox.army.mil/PattonMuseum/gspatton.htm.
Offers a short biography, Patton's speech to the Third Army, and a copy of his May 1945 General Order "Soldiers of the Third Army, Past and Present".

Niderost, Eric.  A Fool's Errand.  World War II 21:30-35+ July-August 2006.
Available online at:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=21333790
Focuses on the rescue mission ordered by General Patton during World War II and the controversy surrounding the mission.  "Putting his heart before his head, ...Patton ordered a small armored column on a fatally flawed mission to rescue his son-in-law" - Niderost.


Books


Allen, Robert S. Lucky Forward:  The History of Patton's Third U.S. Army.  New York, Vanguard Press, 1947.  424 p.
Book call no.:  940.542 A42L

Ambrose Stephen E.  Americans at War.  Jackson, MS, University Press of Mississippi, 1997.  201 p.
A Fateful Friendship:  Eisenhower and Patton, pp 127-139.
Book call no.:  355 A469a

American Military Leaders, edited by Roger J. Spiller and others. New York, Praeger, 1989.  416 p.
Patton, pp 227-230.
Book call no.:  923.5 A512

Anders, Curt.  Fighting Generals. New York, Putnam, 1965.  320 p.
George S. Patton, Jr., pp 225-255.
Book call no.:  923.573 A544f

Army Times.  Warrior:  The Story of General George S. Patton.  New York, Putnam, 1967.  223 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322ab

Axelrod, Alan.  Patton:  A Biography.  New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.  205 p.
A biography that focuses on the strategies and legacies of Patton.  Offers such chapters as "The Great War and the New Weapon", 'The Slap Heard 'Round the World", and "The Patton Problem and the Patton Legacy".
Book call no.:  92 P322ac

Axelrod, Alan.  Patton on Leadership:  Strategic Lessons for Corporate Warfare.  Paramus, NJ, Prentice Hall, 1999.  279 p.
Book call no.:  658.4092 A969p

Ayer, Frederick.  Before the Colors Fade:  Portrait of a Soldier, George S. Patton, Jr.  Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1964.  266 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322a

Blumenson, Martin.  The Patton Papers.  Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1972.  2 vols.
Book call no.:  92 P322b

Blumenson Martin.  Patton:  The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945.  New York, Morrow, 1985.  320 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322ba

Blumenson, Martin and Stokesbury, James L.  Masters of the Art of Command.  Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1975.  393 p.
Patton, pp 254-262.
Book call no.:  923.573 B658m

Connelly, Owen.  On War and Leadership:  The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf.  Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, 2002.  347 p.
Chapter VIII - George S. Patton, Jr., pp 112-132.
Book call no.:  355.33041 C752o

D'Este, Carlo.  Patton:  A Genius for War.  New York, Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.  977 p.
Extensive biography written using Patton's private and public papers and the cooperation of the general's family and covering all areas of his life from childhood to his death.
Book call no.:  92 P322d

Dictionary of American Biography.  Supplement Three.  New York, Scribner, 1973.  1 vol.
Patton, pp 588-590.
Book call no.:  R 920.07 D56 Suppl.  3-4

Dictionary of American Military Biography, edited by Roger J Spiller.  Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 1984.  2 vols.
Volume Two:  Patton, George Smith, Jr., pp 832-835.
Book call no.:  R 923.573 D554 v.2

Downs, Robert B.  More Memorable Americans, 1750-1950.  Littleton, CO, Libraries Unlimited, 1985.  383 p.
George Patton, pp 277-280.
Book call no.:  R 920.073 D751ma

Essame, Hubert.  Patton:  A Study in Command.  New York, Scribner, 1974.  280 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322e (OTS Collection)

Farago, Ladislas.  The Last Days of Patton.  New York, McGraw-Hill, 1981.  319 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322fa

Farago, Ladislas.  Patton:  Ordeal and Triumph.  New York, Obolensky, 1963.  885 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322f

Forty, George.  The Armies of George S. Patton.  London, Arms and Armour, 1996.  268 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322fb

Forty, George.  Patton's Third Army at War.  London, Shepperton, 1990.  192 p.
Book call no.:  940.5421 F747p

Great Lives from History:  American Series, edited by Frank N.  Magill.  Pasadena, CA, Salem Press, 1987.  5 vols.
Volume Four:  Patton, pp 1734-1738.
Book call no.:  R 920.073 G786 v.4

Green, Michael.  Patton's Tank Drive:  D-Day to Victory.  Osceola, WI, Motorbooks International, 1995.  160 p.
Book call no.:  940.541273 G797p

Harkins, Paul Donal.  When the Third Cracked Europe:  The Story of Patton's Incredible Army.  Harrisburg, PA, Stackpole Books, 1969.  95 p.
Book call no.:  940.542 H282w

Hirshson, Stanley P.  General Patton:  A Soldier's Life.  New York, HarperCollins, 2002.  826 p.
Offers an extensive new biography utilizing the general and his family's papers, the West Point collection, the family material in the Henry Huntington Library, Yale University, government repositories and several English collections.
Book call no.:  92 P322h

James, D.  Clayton.  A Time for Giants:  Politics of the American High Command in World War II.  New York, Franklin Watts, 1987.  317 p.
The American Commander Whom the Germans Feared the Most:  Patton, pp 223-236.
See index for other references to Patton.
Book call no.:  940.540973 J27t

The John Biggs Cincinnati Lectures in Military Leadership and Command, 1986, edited by Henry S. Bausum.  Lexington, VA, VMI Foundation, 1986.  147 p.
Leadership and the Art of Command:  Together with Some Thoughts on George S. Patton, Jr., pp 9-22.
Book call no.:  355.33041 J65

Keegan, John and Wheatcroft, Andrew.  Who's Who in Military History from 1453 to the Present Day.  New,York, Routledge, 2002.  340 p.
Patton, pp 231-232.
Book call no.:  R 923.5 K26w 2002

Mason, David.  Who's Who in World War II.  Boston, Little, Brown, 1978.  363 p.
Patton, pp 231-238.
Book call no.:  R 923.5 M398w

Mellor, William B.  Patton, Fighting Man.  New York, Putnam, 1946.  245 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322m

Nye, Roger H.  The Patton Mind:  The Professional Development of an Extraordinary Leader.  Garden City, NY, Avery, 1993.  212 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322n

Odom, Charles B.  General George S. Patton and Eisenhower.  New Orleans, LA, World Picture Productions, 1985.  81 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322o

Patton, George S.  War As I Knew It.  Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1947.  425 p.
Book call no.:  940.542 P322w

Prefer, Nathan.  Patton's Ghost Corps:  Cracking the Siegfried Line.  Novato, CA, Presidio, 1998.  243 p.
Book call no.:  940.5421 P923p

Province, Charles M.  Patton's One-Minute Messages:  Tactical Leadership Skills for Business Management.  Novato, CA, Presidio, 1995.  96 p.
Book call no.:  658 P969p

Province, Charles M.  Patton's Third Army:  A Daily Combat Diary.  New York, Hippocrene Books, 1992.  336 p.
Third Army Operational Summary, pp 289-301.
Book call no.:  940.541273 P969p

Province, Charles M.  The Unknown Patton.  New York, Hippocrene Books, 1983.  261 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322pb

Puryear, Edgar F., Jr.  Nineteen Stars:  A Study in Military Character and Leadership.  Novato, CA, Presidio Press, 1994.  437 p.
Blood and Guts:  The Leadership of George S. Patton, Jr., pp 233-288.
Book call no.:  923.573 P986n 1994

Rickard, John Nelson.  Patton at Bay:  The Lorraine Campaign, September to December, 1944.  Westport, CT, Praeger, 1999.  295 p.
Book call no.:  940.54214 R539p

Rohmer, Richard H.  Patton's Gap:  An Account of the Battle of Normandy, 1944.  New York, Beaufort Books, 1981.  240 p.
Book call no.:  940.542 R738p

Royle, Trevor.  Patton:  Old Blood and Guts.  London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.  223 p.
Offers a "first-class study of General George Smith Patton as a commander in war. .... As well as providing a discerning appraisal of Patton, the author gives us some thoughtful insights into his contemporaries" - Major General Julian Thompson.
Book call no.:  355.0092 R891p

Showalter, Dennis E.  Patton and Rommel:  Men of War in the Twentieth Century.  New York, Berkley Caliber, 2005.  441 p.
Book call no.:  940.540092 S559p

Shwedo, Bradford J.  XIX Tactical Air Command and ULTRA:  Patton's Force Enhancers in the 1944 Campaign in France.  Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, Air University Press, 2001.  142 p.
Also available online at:  http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA391789.
Book call no.: 940.54214 S562n

The Simon and Schuster Encyclopedia of World War II.  New York, Simon and Schuster, 1978.  767 p. 
Patton, pp 483-484.
Book call no.:  R 940.53 S594

Smith, David A.  George S. Patton:  A Biography.  Westport, CT, Greenwood Press, 2003.  130 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322sa

Sobel, Brian.  The Fighting Pattons.  Westport, CT, Praeger, 1997.  248 p.
Book call no.:  355.0092 S677f

Sullivan, John J.  Air Support for Patton's Third Army.  Jefferson, NC, McFarland, 2003.  186 p.
Book call no.:  940.54214 S949a

The Victors.  Chicago, Rand McNally, 1981.  256 p. 
Patton at the Bulge, 1944.  pp 206-221.
Book call no.:  923.5 V646

Wallace, Benton G.  Patton and His Third Army.  Harrisburg, PA, Military Service Publishing, 1946.  232 p. 
Book call no.:  940.542 W15p

The War Lords:  Military Commanders of the Twentieth Century, edited by Field Marshal Sir Michael Carver.  Boston, Little Brown, 1976.  624 p. 
General George S. Patton, by Martin Blumenson, pp 554-567.
Book call no.:  923.573 W253

Webster's American Military Biographies.  New York, Dover Publications, 1994.  548 p.
Patton, pp 312-313
Book call no.:  923.5 W385 1994

Whiting Charles.  Patton's Last Battle.  New York, Stein and Day, 1987.  311 p.
Book call no.:  355.00924 W598p

Williamson, Porter B.  General Patton's Principles for Life and Leadership.  Tucson, AZ, Management and Systems Consultants, 1988.  257 p.
Book call no.:  355.00924 W732g

Williamson, Porter B.  I Remember General Patton's Principles.  Tucson, AZ, Management and Systems Consultants, 1979.  167 p.
Book call no.:  92 P322w

Zaloga, Steve.  Lorraine 1944:  Patton Versus Manteuffel.  Westport, CT, Praeger, 2004. 96 p.
Book call no.:  940.5421438 Z22L

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Documents


Claflin, Robert C.  The Operational Art as Practiced by General George S. Patton, Jr.  During the Battle of the Bulge.  Newport, RI, Naval War College, June 1994.  32 p.
Also available online at:  http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA283522
Doc. call no.:  M-U 41662 C583o

Crim, Silver C.  Prescription for Developing Military Leadership.  Maxwell, AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, April 1968.  78 p.
George Smith Patton, pp 36-41.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 35582-7 C929p

Decker, Jeffrey W.  Logistics and Patton's Third Army Lessons for Today's Logisticians.  Maxwell, AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, April 2001.  32 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43122 D2951L

Green, John R.  Leadership in War and Peace:  A Historical Assessment for Today.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College, May 1989.  118 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43117 G7961L

Higgins, George A.  The Operational Tenets of Generals Heinz Guderian and George S. Patton, Jr.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1985.  211 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42022 H 636o

Landry, Vincent J., Jr.  Blitzkrieg Masters:  Guderian and Patton.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, April 1985.  44 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43122 L262b

Mabus, Robert.  Combat Leadership Does It Require Different Traits and Skills Than Managerial or Peacetime Leadership?  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College , May 1989.  46 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43117 M112c

Madigan, James C.  Self-Development and the Art of Battle Command.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, 1998.  89 p.
Explores the self-development process using Truman and Patton as examples.  Investigates the documented self-development activities of both men.
Also available online at:  http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA350163
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42022 M182s

Middlebrooks, Burton S.  General George S. Patton, Jr.  Maxwell, AFB, AL, Air Command and Staff College, 1965.  171 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 35582-7 M627g

Sanderson, Jeffrey R.  General George S. Patton, Jr., Master of Operational Battle Command:  What Lasting Battle Command Lessons Can We Learn from Him?  Fort Leavenworth, KS, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  School of Advanced Military Studies, 1997.  60 p.
Also available online at:  http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA331356
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42022-2 S216g

Shwedo, Bradford J.  XIX Tactical Air Command and ULTRA:  Patton's Force Enhancers in the 1944 Campaign in France.  Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, 2000.  128 p.
Also available online at:  http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA391789
Doc. call no.:  M-U 43998-1 S562n

Sklenka, Stephen D.  General George S. Patton:  Operational Leadership Personified.  Newport, RI, Naval War College, 2002.  1 vol.
Also available online at:  http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA401089
Doc. call no.:  M-U 41662 S6281g

U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  Leader Development Program:  Historical Readings in Military Leadership.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, March 1984.  1 vol.
George S. Patton, pp 8-1 through 8-32.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 36500-24 no.22-3

White, D. J.  Patton:  Leadership by Design.  Quantico, VA, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, March 1986.  108 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 41886-71 W583p

Wilhelm, Karen S.  The Image of Military Leadership:  To Be or Not to Be a Hero.  Fort Leavenworth, KS, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, December 1994.  53 p.
Also available online at:  http://handle.dtic.mil/100.2/ADA293643
General George S. Patton, Jr., pp 22-28.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 42022-2 W678i

Willis, Simon V. L.  The Military and the Media:  The Media and the Third Army under Patton and Yeosock.  Carlisle Barracks, PA, Army War College, April 1993.  33 p.
Doc. call no.:  M-U 39080-83 W735m

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Periodicals


Bell, W. G. and Blumenson, Martin.  Patton the Soldier.  Ordnance 43:589-590 January-February 1959.

Blumenson, Martin.  (General) Patton and the End of the War.  Army 45:58-62+ September 1995.

Blumenson, Martin.  George S. Patton's Student Days at the Army War College.  Parameters 5, no.2:25-32 1976.

Blumenson, Martin.  Medal for George (Gen Patton).  Army 43:54-57 June 1993.

Blumenson, Martin.  Patton and Montgomery:  Alike or Different?  Army 22:16-22 June 1972.

Blumenson, Martin.  The Patton Legend:  How It Started and Grew.  Army 54:24-29 July 2004.
Also available online at:  http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=659677891&sid=1&Fmt=4&clientid=417&RQT=309&Vname=PQD

Blumenson, Martin.  Race to Messina:  Patton vs Montgomery.  Army 43:38-44+ August 1993.

Blumenson, Martin.  Troop Command by Intuition:  The Giants Had It.  Army 37:52-56+ December 1987.

Dupuy, R Ernest.  "Love at First Sight":  Patton, Weyland Made Air-Ground Cooperation Work.  Army Navy Air Force Register 82:26 September 23, 1961.

Ethier, Eric.  Patton Races to Messina.  American History 36:38-46 April 2001.
Offers the details of Patton's plan to capture Messina, Italy in 1944 and information on his personal rivalry with British General Sir Bernard Montgomery.
Also available online at:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=4065305

Hanson, Victor Davis.  What Would Patton Say about the War in Iraq?  USA Today Magazine 133:14-16 March 2005.
Also available online at:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=16366540

Kelly, C. Brian.  How the American Civil War Had a Role in World War II's Battle of the Bulge.  Military History 21:90  December 2004.
Discusses how Patton's study of the American Civil War and his family's participation in it played a role in operations during the Battle of the Bulge.
Also available online at:  http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=712541171&sid=1&Fmt=3&clientid=417&RQT=309&Vname=PQD

Kingseed, Cole C.  Dark Days of White Knights.  Military Review 73:67-75 January 1993.
Author looks at problems encountered by Generals Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and George S. Patton and how each dealt with these problems and overcame obstacles.
Also available online at: http://usacac.leavenworth.army.mil/CAC/milreview/index.asp - click on "Past Editions", then "Military Review" (restricted site - cumbersome but accessible to DoD).

Kingseed, Cole C.  Casualty of War:  The Eisenhower-Patton Friendship.  Army 50:32-36+ May 2000.

Kullar, G. I. S.  A Great Captain of World War Two.  United Services Institution of India Journal 89:75-78 January 1959.

Kuter, Laurence S.  Goddammit, Georgie!  North Africa, 1943:  The Birth of TAC Air Doctrine.  Air Force Magazine 56:51-56 February 1973.

Munch, Paul G.  Patton's Staff and the Battle of the Bulge.  Military Review 70:46-54 May 1990.
Also available online at: http://usacac.leavenworth.army.mil/CAC/milreview/index.asp - click on "Past Editions", then "Military Review" (restricted site - cumbersome but accessible to DoD).

Murphy, Mark.  Patton's Air Cavalry.  Air Force 27:54-55 November 1944.

Nye, Roger H.  Whence Patton's Military Genius?  Parameters 21:60-73 Winter 1991-1992.

Oldinsky Frederick E.  Patton and the Hammelburg Mission.  Armor 85:13-18 July-August 1976.

Patton's Apology.  Parameters 33:149 Summer 2003.
Recounts the incident when General patton apologized to a large formation of troops after slapping a hospitalized soldier during the last days of World War II; events leading to the slapping; General Eisenhower's reprimand and instructions for the public apology.
Also available online at:  http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&an=9984537

Semmes, H. A.  General George S. Patton, Jr's Psychology of Leadership.  Armor 64:1A-12A May-June 1955.
Also in Quartermaster Review 35:8-9+ September-October 1955.

St. John, Jeffrey.  Soul of the Warrior:  The Genius of General George S. Patton, Jr.  New American 1:5-8 December 16, 1985.

Strobridge, Truman R.  Old Blood and Guts and the Desert Fox.  Military Review 64:34-48 June 1984.
Also available online at:  http://usacac.leavenworth.army.mil/CAC/milreview/index.asp - click on "Past Editions", then "Military Review" (restricted site - cumbersome but accessible to DoD).

Whitaker, Richard.  Task Force Baum and the Hammelburg Raid.  Armor 105:20-30 September-October 1996.

Woolley, William J.  Patton and the Concept of Mechanized Warfare.  Parameters 15:17-80 Autumn 1985.

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Videos


Combat Action:  The Fighting Generals.  Santa Monica, CA, Ferde Grofe Films, 1985.  1 videocassette, 120 minutes.
Offers information on four U.S. generals:  Omar Bradley, George S. Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and Joseph Stillwell.
Book call no.:  940.540973 C729 (Video Collection)

The Famous Third Army.  Palm Springs, CA, Big Picture, Historical Film and Video, 1993.  1 videocassette (black & white), 20 minutes.
The story of General Patton's Third Army and the advance into Germany.
Book call no.:  940.5412 F198 (Video Collection)

Masters of War:  Patton's Charge.  New York, A & E Home Video, 1994.  1 videocassette (chiefly black & white), 50 minutes.
Patton's tank assault to save General McAuliffe's troops.
Book call no.:  940.5421431 M423 (Video Collection)

Patton.  Beverly Hills, CA, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2001.  1 DVD, 171 minutes.
The 1969 motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox with George C. Scott as Patton.
Book call no.:  DVD 791.43 Pat (Video Collection)

Patton.  Beverly Hills, CA, Fox Video, 1994.  2 videocassettes, 171 minutes.
The 1969 motion picture from Twentieth Century Fox.
Book call no.:  791.45658 P322 (Video Collection)

Patton:  A Genius for War.  New York, A & E Home Video, 1995.  1 videocassette, 93 minutes.
A & E Biography television program on Patton's life.
Book call no.:  92 P322 (Video Collection)

World War II Collection.  Beverly Hills, CA, Fox Video/CBS News, 1996.  5 videocassettes.
H.  Norman Schwarzkopf, Charles Kuralt, and Dan Rather host this series using documentary footage and interviews.
Volume One:  The Year of the Generals.
Volume Four:  D-Day (includes profiles of Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, etc).
Book call no.:  940.53 W9276 (Video Collection)

World War II with Walter Cronkite.  Beverly Hills, CA, Fox Video/CBS News, 1996.  8 videocassettes.
Volume Five:  Invasion:  The Allies Attack/Europe:  The Allies Close In.  (The "Allies Close In" section includes Patton's "race toward the heart of Germany").
Book call no.:  940.53 W9275 (Video Collection)

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