Born today was General Patton.
In combat the Nazis he did flatten.
Iron will and hair-trigger temper,
Like Caesar, manqué Roman emp'ror.
"Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best; it removes all that is base. All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood." [General George S. Patton]
His WWII Battles: Troops under his command took Casablanca in the Mediterranean Theatre of the war; he lead the II Corps in the invasion of Sicily; he led the 3rd Army in relief of Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge.
Postscript: His bigger than life abrasive persona and overweening self-image frequently locked horns with the military and political establishment. Some find his death in an auto accident in post-war Germany highly suspicious.