When beginning a unit on World War II, it can be helpful for students to first understand the origins and major themes of the war before they dive into the events that would forever change the course of history. The activities in this lesson plain aim to examine how the aftermath of World War I planted the seeds of conflict that brought about World War II. Students will also gain a better understanding of the leaders in power at the time, the innovations made to warfare and weaponry, and the global influence of the war.
Patton's life before World War II was very impressive. Patton competed in the Summer Olympics of 1912 in the pentathlons. Besides the Olympics, Patton fought in Mexico as border patrol and served America as a captain in the Great War.
Patton quickly climbed the ranks of the US Army due to his disciplined approach and knowledge of tanks. In July 1940, when the 1st and 2nd Armored Divisions were formed, Patton managed to receive command in a brigade of the latter. In Oct 1940, he became the assistance division commanding officer at the rank of brigadier general. Between Nov 1940 and Apr 1941, he served as the acting division commander of the 2nd Armored Division; he was made the official commanding general on 11 Apr 1941.
Role During World War II
Leader of World War II: General George S. Patton
Life After World War II
Major General Patton was given command of US Army's Western Task Force in North Africa, landing troops in Morocco during Operation Torch. Joining up with Alexander Patch and the 7th Army Patton and his troops crossed the Rhine at Oppenheim on 22nd March 1945. He then sent a task force to liberate the Hammelburg Prison Camp, which included his son-in-law, John K. Waters. Patton continued to advance deep into Nazi Germany and eventually crossed into Czechoslovakia and was forced to withdraw after protests from Joseph Stalin and the Red Army. Patton's contributions to the Allied offensive was instrumental in the defeat of Nazi Germany.
On December 8th, 1945 General George S. Patton was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Germany. Historians have long debated whether this was indeed an accident or an assassination on the outspoken general. Patton died of his injuries on December 21st, 1945.
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