All glory is fleeting

“Patton” opens with its most famous scene: The frame is flooded with Stars and Stripes as the helmeted character George S. Patton (Scott) takes the stage, delivering a motivational speech and step.

Next, we’re in North Africa. Patton took command of a besieged tank corps that had recently suffered a modest defeat by the Desert Fox, General Erwin Rommel. Patton quickly transformed them into shape and, along with British general Bernard Montgomery, attacked from the east, creating an important victory at El Guettar in Tunisia.

Victory in Africa, Patton and Montgomery turned their attention to Sicily, the key to invading Italy and securing an Allied foothold in southern Europe. Patton’s ambitious plan was rejected in favor of a more cautious approach, ordered to guard Montgomery’s flank as they entered the port city of Messina. “Old Blood and Guts” disobeys orders, skipping much of the heaviest skirmishes and instead sweeping across the capital Palermo, much to the dismay of General Bradley (Karl Malden).

Patton’s bold move was a tactical success, but he tarnished his own victory by attacking a wounded soldier, whom he considered a coward. The incident deprived him of his opportunity to command American forces as they prepared for D-Day, the position given to the more balanced Bradley instead. Patton was removed from Britain during the Normandy landings and used instead as a decoy, but he found grace when Bradley put him in charge of the 3rd Army in France. Seizing their opportunity, Patton’s army made many gains and went to rescue a besieged Airborne Division in Bastogne. Yet again, Patton’s big mouth stripped him of the glory he so desperately craved. All glory is fleeting

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