Cavalry and Tanks in Future Wars is a collection of articles written by George S. Patton, Jr., in which he applies his diverse experiences as a cavalry officer chasing Pancho Villa on the Mexican Border and as a tank commander in 1918 France to defend the continued relevance of cavalry and tanks in future wars. Available in paperback or Kindle ebook here Amazon
Diary of the Instructor in Swordsmanship is the second training manual written by George S. Patton, Jr. to teach proper “Patton Saber” techniques for mounted and dismounted cavalry engagements. His first training manual, Saber Exercise 1914, covers general tactics and techniques while this subsequent manual supplements the first by providing more detailed instruction. Purchase paperback here Amazon and Kindle ebook here Amazon
In Defense of My Saber, a collection of articles written by George S. Patton, Jr. between 1913 and 1917, offers a window into the brief life span of his invention, the “Patton Saber”–from the first glory days when it was adopted by the War Department as standard issue for the cavalry to its ultimate demise into irrelevance unable to compete with the big guns of World War I. Included are some fascinating history lessons by Patton on the development of the sword and saber and how the shape of each determined its purpose and tactics. Available in paperback and Kindle ebook here Amazon
Saber Exercise 1914 Training Manual in Swordsmanship, was written by George S. Patton, Jr. the year after the War Department approved his radical redesign of the cavalry saber. The redesign necessitated a fundamental change in mounted and dismounted saber techniques—all of which is explained in this manual. Paperback and Kindle ebook available here Amazon
The War Department required commanders to keep a daily war diary to capture in detail the operations of their units on the Western Front of the Great War. George S. Patton Jr. commanded the first American tank brigade in World War I. Ranulf Compton was one of Patton’s battalion commanders. War Diary 1918 is the verbatim transcription of Patton’s and Compton’s War Diaries during the last months of the war, including the Battle of St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Adding to the historical value of these diaries is the fact that after Patton was wounded the first day of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Sereno E. Brett, the commander of Patton’s other tank battalion, assumed command of Patton’s brigade and Compton was put in charge of “all the tanks at the front.” Patton, a graduate of West Point, was a career Army officer. Because Patton played a pivotal role in the development of the early Tank, his career was closely linked to the success of tanks on the battlefield, making him especially eager to demonstrate their effectiveness. Compton, a Harvard man who would return to private life after the war, did not share the same predilection for tanks. While Patton in his daily diary entries tended to gloss over some of the challenges of operating tanks in the fog and mud of war, Compton was more candid in his diary comments. While Patton went on to further fame and glory, Compton went back to finish his New York Guard obligations and settle into a comfortable private life, first serving as a U.S. Congressman representing the State of Connecticut and then owning a broadcasting company. But as an eyewitness to early tanks in battle, Compton left behind a valuable piece of unvarnished history regarding early tank warfare. Available online at Amazon
George Patton describes the execution of his bold plan to rescue American troops surrounded by German forces at Bastogne, the pivotal battle of World War II. The German push through the Ardennes was Hitler’s last chance for victory. He might have succeeded had it not been for Patton’s military brilliance and the dogged determination and bravery of his Third Army. Read the full story here, written in Patton’s own words.
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