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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