ByDavid Aaron Gray, writer at
Founder, Gray Financial Ventures, LLC
David Aaron Gray

#5: General Patton - "Americans Love a Winner"

Patton's Speech to the Third Army, alternatively known simply as "Patton's Speech," was a series of speeches given by General George S. Patton to troops of the United States Third Army in 1944, prior to the Normandy Landings. Patton, already established as a highly effective and charismatic leader, sought to motivate the inexperienced Third Army for its pending combat duty. In the oration, Patton implored his soldiers to do their duty regardless of personal fear, imploring them to aggressiveness and constant offensive action. Patton's profanity-laced speaking was viewed as unprofessional by some other officers but the speech resounded well with his men. Some historians have acclaimed the oration as Patton's greatest speaking as well as one of the greatest motivational speeches of all time.




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