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The Famous Patton Speech
Patton ^ | June 5th, 1944 | PATTON

Posted on 12/22/2004 3:57:19 AM PST by Flavius

The Famous Patton Speech Background - General Patton's Address to the Troops - Part I

Anyone who has ever viewed the motion picture PATTON will never forget the opening. George Campbell Scott, portraying Patton, standing in front of an immensely huge American flag, delivers his version of Patton's "Speech to the Third Army" on June 5th, 1944, the eve of the Allied invasion of France, code named "Overlord". Scott's rendition of the speech was highly sanitized so as not to offend too many fainthearted Americans. Luckily, the soldiers of the American Army who fought World War II were not so fainthearted.

Patton had a unique ability regarding profanity. During a normal conversation, he could liberally sprinkle four letter words into what he was saying and the listeners would hardly take notice of it. He spoke so easily and used those words in such a way that it just seemed natural for him to talk that way. He could, when necessary, open up with both barrels and let forth such blue flamed phrases that they seemed almost eloquent in their delivery.

When asked by his nephew about his profanity, Patton remarked, "When I want my men to remember something important, to really make it stick, I give it to them double dirty. It may not sound nice to some bunch of little old ladies at an afternoon tea party, but it helps my soldiers to remember. You can't run an army without profanity; and it has to be eloquent profanity. An army without profanity couldn't fight it's way out of a piss-soaked paper bag." "As for the types of comments I make", he continued with a wry smile, "Sometimes I just, By God, get carried away with my own eloquence."

As a general rule of thumb, it is safe to say that Patton usually told his men some of his basic thoughts and concepts regarding his ideas of war and tactics. Instead of the empty, generalized rhetoric of no substance often used by Eisenhower, Patton spoke to his men in simple, down to earth language that they understood. He told them truthful lessons he had learned that would keep them alive.

As he traveled throughout battle areas, he always took the time to speak to individual soldiers, squads, platoons, companies, regiments, divisions or whatever size group could be collected. About the only difference in the context of these talks was that the smaller the unit, the more "tactical" the talk would be. Often he would just give his men some sound, common sense advice that they could follow in order to keep from being killed or maimed.

Part II The Speech Somewhere in England June 5th, 1944

"Be seated. Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self-respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight. When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American. You are not all going to die. Only two percent of you right here today would die in a major battle. Death must not be feared. Death, in time, comes to all men. Yes, every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he's not, he's a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. Some men get over their fright in a minute under fire. For some, it takes an hour. For some, it takes days. But a real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base. Americans pride themselves on being He-Men and they ARE He-Men.

Remember that the enemy is just as frightened as you are, and probably more so. They are not supermen. All through your Army careers, you men have bitched about what you call "chicken shit drilling". That, like everything else in this Army, has a definite purpose. That purpose is alertness. Alertness must be bred into every soldier. I don't give a fuck for a man who's not always on his toes. You men are veterans or you wouldn't be here. You are ready for what's to come. A man must be alert at all times if he expects to stay alive. If you're not alert, sometime, a German son-of-an-asshole-bitch is going to sneak up behind you and beat you to death with a sock full of shit! There are four hundred neatly marked graves somewhere in Sicily, all because one man went to sleep on the job. But they are German graves, because we caught the bastard asleep before they did. An Army is a team. It lives, sleeps, eats, and fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is pure horseshit. The bilious bastards who write that kind of stuff for the Saturday Evening Post don't know any more about real fighting under fire than they know about fucking!"

"We have the finest food, the finest equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world. Why, by God, I actually pity those poor sons-of-bitches we're going up against. By God, I do." "My men don't surrender, and I don't want to hear of any soldier under my command being captured unless he has been hit. Even if you are hit, you can still fight back. That's not just bull shit either. The kind of man that I want in my command is just like the lieutenant in Libya, who, with a Luger against his chest, jerked off his helmet, swept the gun aside with one hand, and busted the hell out of the Kraut with his helmet. Then he jumped on the gun and went out and killed another German before they knew what the hell was coming off. And, all of that time, this man had a bullet through a lung. There was a real man! All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters, either.

Every single man in this Army plays a vital role. Don't ever let up. Don't ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain. What if every truck driver suddenly decided that he didn't like the whine of those shells overhead, turned yellow, and jumped headlong into a ditch? The cowardly bastard could say, 'Hell, they won't miss me, just one man in thousands.' But, what if every man thought that way? Where in the hell would he be now? What would our country, our loved ones, our homes, even the world, be like? No, Goddamnit, Americans don't think like that. Every man does his job. Every man serves the whole. Every department, every unit, is important in the vast scheme of this war. The ordnance men are needed to supply the guns and machinery of war to keep us rolling. The Quartermaster is needed to bring up food and clothes because where we are going there isn't a hell of a lot to steal. Every last man on K.P. has a job to do, even the one who heats our water to keep us from getting the 'G.I. Shits'. Each man must not think only of himself, but also of his buddy fighting beside him. We don't want yellow cowards in this Army. They should be killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this war and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men. Kill off the Goddamned cowards and we will have a nation of brave men.

One of the bravest men that I ever saw was a fellow on top of a telegraph pole in the midst of a furious firefight in Tunisia. I stopped and asked what the hell he was doing up there at a time like that. He answered, 'Fixing the wire, Sir.' I asked, 'Isn't that a little unhealthy right about now?' He answered, 'Yes Sir, but the Goddamned wire has to be fixed.' I asked, 'Don't those planes strafing the road bother you?' And he answered, 'No, Sir, but you sure as hell do!' Now, there was a real man. A real soldier. There was a man who devoted all he had to his duty, no matter how seemingly insignificant his duty might appear at the time, no matter how great the odds. And you should have seen those trucks on the road to Tunisia. Those drivers were magnificent. All day and all night they rolled over those son-of-a-bitching roads, never stopping, never faltering from their course, with shells bursting all around them all of the time. We got through on good old American guts. Many of those men drove for over forty consecutive hours. These men weren't combat men, but they were soldiers with a job to do. They did it, and in one hell of a way they did it. They were part of a team. Without team effort, without them, the fight would have been lost. All of the links in the chain pulled together and the chain became unbreakable. Don't forget, you men don't know that I'm here. No mention of that fact is to be made in any letters. The world is not supposed to know what the hell happened to me. I'm not supposed to be commanding this Army. I'm not even supposed to be here in England. Let the first bastards to find out be the Goddamned Germans. Some day I want to see them raise up on their piss-soaked hind legs and howl, 'Jesus Christ, it's the Goddamned Third Army again and that son-of-a-fucking-bitch Patton'.

We want to get the hell over there. The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit. Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!

When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a German will get to him eventually. The hell with that idea. The hell with taking it. My men don't dig foxholes. I don't want them to. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. And don't give the enemy time to dig one either. We'll win this war, but we'll win it only by fighting and by showing the Germans that we've got more guts than they have; or ever will have. We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun cocksuckers by the bushel-fucking-basket. War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts. When shells are hitting all around you and you wipe the dirt off your face and realize that instead of dirt it's the blood and guts of what once was your best friend beside you, you'll know what to do! I don't want to get any messages saying, 'I am holding my position.' We are not holding a Goddamned thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy's balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like shit through a tin horn! From time to time there will be some complaints that we are pushing our people too hard.

I don't give a good Goddamn about such complaints. I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood. The harder WE push, the more Germans we will kill. The more Germans we kill, the fewer of our men will be killed. Pushing means fewer casualties. I want you all to remember that.

There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you WON'T have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, 'Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana.' No, Sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say, 'Son, your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son-of-a-Goddamned-Bitch named Georgie Patton!'

That is all.


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Wish he had a twin today.
1 posted on 12/22/2004 3:57:20 AM PST by Flavius
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To: Flavius

My dad was a staff officer for Blood and Guts' son in the 70's...he was the same way....


2 posted on 12/22/2004 3:59:21 AM PST by MikefromOhio (19 days until I can leave Iraq and stop selling hot dogs in Baghdad....and boycotting boycotts)
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To: Flavius
Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit.

Is this another post about Iraq?

3 posted on 12/22/2004 4:04:04 AM PST by Moonman62 (Federal Creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it.)
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To: MikeinIraq

Hey man hope they dont yank the thread out for words...

But donno what he said then still holds.

Sent this over to my buddy in the country.

Peace...


4 posted on 12/22/2004 4:08:26 AM PST by Flavius ("... we should reconnoitre assiduosly... " Vegetius)
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To: Flavius
"Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo."

Methinks Patton was a Jacksonian.

5 posted on 12/22/2004 4:10:36 AM PST by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel)
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To: Flavius
As a former Marine I can swear with the best of 'em.
But the General makes me sound like an altar boy. Wow.
6 posted on 12/22/2004 4:10:55 AM PST by oh8eleven
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To: Flavius

Blood and guts bump.


7 posted on 12/22/2004 4:14:38 AM PST by JusPasenThru (If you want to get it movin' you must learn to doof da bouven.)
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To: Flavius
If he had a twin today he'd be courts martialed for being politically incorrect. Look what happened to Patton back then. That was in the middle of a war and before girlie-men were running the country & kowtowing to all the lunatice fringes. His modern counterpart wouldn't have a prayer and that saddens me. When & WHY did America's men decide to submit to gelding & how long are we going to tolerate that? I don't, I'm P un-f-in'C and damned proud of it.
8 posted on 12/22/2004 4:15:38 AM PST by dzzrtrock ("A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." Sigmund Freud)
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To: Flavius
Interesting. When the movie came out, they used only part of the speech. I can understand that, but the writers left out the passage below in red.

All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self-respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight. When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players.

The movie was released during the Vietnam War, and I guess that passage from Patton's speech was too "pro-war" for Hollywood.

9 posted on 12/22/2004 4:23:03 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Flavius

BUMP for Patton the man, the legend


10 posted on 12/22/2004 4:24:09 AM PST by William of Orange (Does anybody know what time it is? Time to bomb Saddam!)
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To: MikeinIraq

My father was a tank commander in the 2nd armored division 3rd army he fought in north africa and through europe with Patton--he said that Patton could be crass and abrasive but his men would follow him into hell and kick Satans ass if he ordered it.We had a Patton but he retired Gen.Tommy Franks.


11 posted on 12/22/2004 4:27:44 AM PST by alchemist54
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To: SkyPilot

Scott was a huge peacenik. Apparently it was a big character stretch for him to play Patton. But he was magnificent. It's my favorite movie and favorite performance of all time.

They had to tone down the profanity... things weren't like they are today. What they did was pushing the envelope as it was. And they certainly captured the General's habit of including some kind of profanity in almost every sentence he uttered.


12 posted on 12/22/2004 4:31:06 AM PST by johnb838 (To Hell They Will Go. Killmore.)
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To: alchemist54

Man,I thought Tommy Franks looked like a hick from the sticks when he went into Afghanistan, but damn did he win me over. I'm a huge Rumsfeld backer, but if he ever left I'd sure love to see Gen'l Franks in there.


13 posted on 12/22/2004 4:32:44 AM PST by johnb838 (To Hell They Will Go. Killmore.)
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To: johnb838
Apparently it was a big character stretch for him to play Patton.

That must by why they call them "actors". ;-)

14 posted on 12/22/2004 4:37:21 AM PST by DuncanWaring (...and Freedom tastes of Reality)
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To: Flavius

Thanks for the post.


15 posted on 12/22/2004 4:37:43 AM PST by KeyWest
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To: Flavius

Whew -- put me in, coach. I feel like decking the next guy who looks at me cross-eyed. One of the all-time great speeches.


16 posted on 12/22/2004 4:39:10 AM PST by speedy
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To: Flavius
We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks.

I just LOVE that sentence.

17 posted on 12/22/2004 4:48:10 AM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Flavius

"We don't want yellow cowards in this Army. They should be killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this war and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men."

Political correctness has now run its course, and we can't have real men like that leading us any more.


18 posted on 12/22/2004 4:50:57 AM PST by Preachin' (Democrats know that they can never run on their real agenda.)
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To: johnb838
Yes--it was a great performance. Not many people know that General Bradley was the technical advisor on the film. That was the film was so real and authentic on many points.

There was an A&E special on the making of the film 3 years ago. Had Bradley not been there on the set, the movie may have degenerated into "M.A.S.H Goes to Germany."

19 posted on 12/22/2004 4:52:45 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Flavius

"Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards."

And THAT'S why the Dems will not get into the Whitehouse until they learn a little something about balls.


20 posted on 12/22/2004 4:58:36 AM PST by BillyCrockett
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To: Flavius


Patton's Speech (George C Scott Version) 5:17 minutes long

21 posted on 12/22/2004 5:53:44 AM PST by Time is now (We'll live to see it......Does anyone see it yet?....)
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To: BillyCrockett
Perhaps as the General observed...WE...haven't killed off enough cowards. Are the brave men of this country being bred out and replaced by lefty university professors, journalists and aclu lawyers and judges? Some times I wonder.
22 posted on 12/22/2004 5:54:46 AM PST by crabpott (' we are living in the strangest, most perilous, and unbelievable decade in modern memory' VDH)
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To: Flavius

I think Patton had a genuine sense of theatre, and was playing a role in speeches such as this. Remember that he was a well educated member of the Virginia gentry who studied history and literature.
Of course, he could have taken all of the above seriously -- in which case he was a psycho.


23 posted on 12/22/2004 6:32:18 AM PST by Kerfuffle
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To: Flavius
Patton was prescient: the Navy and the Marines got all the credit for winning the war in the Pacific and the Russians got the credit for winning the war in Europe.
24 posted on 12/22/2004 6:40:29 AM PST by quadrant
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To: Flavius

My uncle was the oldest private in Pattons third Army. He was two weeks short of his 39th birthday when he was drafted. Infantry all the way, he was with the Third all the way until early 1945 when he froze his feet and spent the next year in and out of milkitary hospitals.


25 posted on 12/22/2004 6:49:01 AM PST by cynicom (<p)
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To: Flavius

We need ONE politician to give a speech like this, just one single freaking politician.

Damn that was a awesome speech.


26 posted on 12/22/2004 8:20:00 AM PST by MikeKAY
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To: speedy
Whew -- put me in, coach. I feel like decking the next guy who looks at me cross-eyed. One of the all-time great speeches.

Agree on the speech...it makes me want to go buy the DVD.

As for the "feel like decking the next guy who looks at me cross-eyed"...agree there, too. Not in a malicious, looking-for-a-fight way, but ever since 9-11, I've been of the 'you don't want to (insert descriptive of choice) with me' mindset.

Too long, I've been mellow, willing to be passive, and walked on, and s--t on...no more. Sometimes I feel like David Banner, the old Hulk character. Mild mannered, until someone p***ed him off, and then it was "on".

As much as I like to live, I know that one day, sooner or later, death will come to me. I want to take a few of the bad guys with me, so others might have the chance for freedom...to live it, to enjoy it, and most of all, to work to maintain it.

27 posted on 12/22/2004 8:52:47 AM PST by Christian4Bush ("Keep on advancing...whether we have to go over, under or through the enemy." Patton)
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