12 War Lessons from the Movie Patton (1970)

by Scott Manning on September 10, 2013

There is no question that Patton (1970) is my favorite movie. Since I was a kid, I have seen it more times than I can count and this project took much longer than necessary, as I kept watching large chunks of the movie. Of course, the real person is much more complex than the Hollywood version and I highly recommend his war memoirs—War As I Knew It—as a great starting place if you want to learn more.

With that, here are 12 war lessons from Patton.

1. Know Your Enemy

 

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2. Every country needs a hero

 

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3. Know how to compliment your Allies

 

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4. And never forget your allies!

 

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5. Ancient battlefields have a smell

 

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6. Every man in an army is a soldier

 

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7. Daily reading is important

 

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8. Be humble in your victories

 

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9. Lead from the front

 

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10. Innovate

 

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11. Dress for the job you want

 

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12. Know your war poets

 

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ted Savas January 6, 2014 at 9:24 PM

One of my top ten favorites. Excellent tribute, Scott.

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2 Scott Manning January 8, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Thanks, Ted. I recognized your name from my copy of The New American Revolution Handbook, a book I have used often over the past year. Great stuff!

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3 Ted Savas January 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Thank you, Scott. That is a very abbreviated version of our “A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution.” Definitely check that one out if you want a lot more. It is one of my favorites.

Keep up the good work. I just found your site by your link off your review of Eric Wittenberg’s “Protecting the Flanks.” Thanks for reading the book and then actually reviewing the book that was written. As the publisher I certainly appreciate it.

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4 Stratosagein March 6, 2014 at 5:55 AM

Great lessons to be applied in different fields. thanks for this post. I think I will shortly review this excellent movie. :)

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