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
2. Every country needs a hero
3. Know how to compliment your Allies
4. And never forget your allies!
5. Ancient battlefields have a smell
6. Every man in an army is a soldier
7. Daily reading is important
8. Be humble in your victories
9. Lead from the front
11. Dress for the job you want
12. Know your war poets