Patton's Fighting Principles
Leadership Principles for the new ADP 6-22; A Monograph by Major Gregory W. McLean, US Army, SAMS, AY 2012-001
"Patton's Fighting Principles" taken from his letter of instruction issued to his Army before D-Day, on 6 March 1944:
- Everyone was to "lead a person."
- A commander who failed to reach his objectives and who was not dead or severely wounded has not done his full duty.
- Visit the front daily – to observe, not to meddle.
- Praise is more valuable than blame.
- Your primary mission as a leader is to see with your own eyes and be seen by your troops while engaged in personal reconnaissance.
- Persons who did not rest will not last.
- Plans had to be simple and flexible.
- Information is like eggs: the fresher the better.
- Orders are to be short to tell what to do not how.
- Tell the troops what they are going to do and what they have done.
- Visit the wounded personally and frequently. Award decorations promptly.
- If you do not enforce and maintain discipline, you are a potential murderer.
- Men in condition do not tire.
- Courage, don’t make counsel of your fears.