World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF AFRICA: Man Under a Star

Shortly before his death Brigadier General Hugh ("Iron Pants") Johnson made a prophecy about his friend Major General George Smith ("Old Blood and Guts") Patton Jr.: "Critics say he is reckless and impetuous. That's what was said at West Point. He says he is going to command an army. My bet is on Georgie Patton." Georgie Patton became a lieutenant general a fortnight ago. Last week he took command of the central sector in Tunisia, where U.S. troops got an ignominious licking a month ago. Patton celebrated his appointment by advancing.

Bag Holder. Patton replaced scrappy, 59-year-old Major General Lloyd...

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