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How Patton addressed his soldiers’ fear

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Ever wonder how military leaders persuade men and women to risk their lives?

Here’s an excerpt from a “fight talk” Gen. George Patton gave troops before entering battle:

“You will be afraid. But you must attack, quickly and decisively. Forget about foxholes. Forget about hitting the ground. You must shoot at the German and keep on shooting. If you don’t know where he is, shoot at where you think he is.

“But if you go out there holding your gun in one hand and getting up and lying down and wandering around, then I will have to write letters to your wives and mothers and sweethearts saying that Willie Jones got his goddamn ass shot off because he didn’t do as he was told.”

— Adapted from “You Will Be Afraid,” John J. Pullen, American Heritage.

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