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Meet Amazing Americans Leaders & Statesmen George S. Patton Jr.
Photo of Allied tank in action during World War I.
An Allied tank at the battle of St. Mihiel, France, 1918.

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George S. Patton Jr., Tank Pioneer
The war had been raging in Europe for four terrible years by the time Patton's tank crews were ready to fight. A stalemate (fighting to a draw) had set in years before and soldiers on both sides were dug into trenches that ran for hundreds of miles along the front lines. Patton and his American tank crews fought in the battle of St. Mihiel and in the massive Meuse-Argonne offensive during September 1918; helping to achieve the ultimate Allied victory that November. Patton himself was wounded in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, and promoted to the rank of colonel.
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