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Griffen Rohr-Clark
Mrs. Sauer
American Literature
10 March 2016
An Ounce of Sweat Will Save a Gallon of Blood
During the United States efforts to take down Nazi Germany, one of the most important
campaigns was the liberation of France. It all began when the Allied troops invaded the beaches
of Normandy on June 6, 1944. In what became the largest amphibious assault the world has ever
seen, D-Day showed the Americans drive to eradicate Europe of Hitlers reign. Although the
United States experienced major losses on the beaches during the initial day, they were able to
push through and create the third offensive needed to completely surround Germany. Being a
soldier during that time must have been tough. Soldiers had to have been extremely scared
knowing they could potentially lose their lives that day. In order to keep up the morale, General
George Patton, commander of the Third Army, gave one of the most infamous speeches of the
war prior to the invasion landings. Pattons Speech to the Third Army emphasises the
competitive drive of an army fighting in a large scale battle as well as my hockey team as it
transitioned from one of the best seasons Okemos has ever had.
Although directed towards soldiers, the underlying message in Pattons speech
about the strength of unity in a competitive state can also be applied to my most recent
hockey season. During the beginning of this hockey season, we had a rough time coming
together as a team. We had just had one of the greatest seasons Okemos had ever had, and it
seemed like the upperclassman would rather have had the old team back than to accept the new
team. We experienced some losses that really should not have happened, yet nobody took

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responsibility. It finally took our goalie coach to point out how we played as one player with the
puck instead of playing as a unit. He gave us a speech similar to a portion of Pattons, preaching
how unity and trust could get us farther. When Patton states, An army is a team. It lives, eats,
sleeps, and fights as a team Every single man in the army plays a vital role. So don't ever let
up. Don't ever think that your job is unimportant, it is similar to how our coach wanted us to
work together ("Speech to the 3rd Army"). He did not want the underclassman to get discouraged
and give up while allowing the upperclassmen to dwell on the past. Eventually, we ended the
season strong, winning our league for the second straight year. I believe unity and teamwork
pulled us through to the end, because without it, who knows where we would have ended up.
Pattons motivational speech was his attempt to build up the morale of his troops
and preserve their competitive drive so they could continue what they were stationed there
to do. War and violence in themselves are some of the most unfortunate aspects of nature.
Whether fighting for political, religious or moral reasons, the bloodshed caused affects nearly
everyone involved. Also, whether you want to be there or not, war requires teamwork and hard
work from all parties, and Patton understood that. He states, Sure, we all want to go home. We
want to get this war over with. But you can't win a war lying down The shortest way home is
through Berlin and Tokyo ("Speech to the 3rd Army"). Patton understood that he needed to keep
the competitive drive going strong through the tougher and more trying times. No matter how
much the soldiers wished to get home, they still had a duty that needed to be upheld. The only
way the war would end quickly is if they were to reach the home of the Third Reich and the
Imperialist Japan and take it down. Only then could the soldiers finally come home to their loved
ones.

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The Speech to the 3rd Army expresses how the United States competitive drive will
almost always propel them to victory in warfare. During the early 1940s, the United States
had just gotten out of a deep depression and desperately needed something to help put itself back
on its feet. Unfortunately, war always stimulates an economy, and it just so happened that the
largest war got the United States out of the worst economic crisis. But not only did the war grow
industry, it also brought back national pride. One of the best lines from Pattons speech to really
amplify that aspect is when he states, Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser.
Americans play to win all the time. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a
war ("Speech to the 3rd Army"). With patriotism comes confidence in ones countrys ability to
succeed, and that really shows the competitive nature of war. No one side goes in thinking they
will lose, and with that comes aggression. Luckily the United States had the industrial, as well as
leadership capabilities to help them persevere. Despite the lives lost, the Americans knew how to
get the job done.
The Speech to the 3rd Army told by General George Patton asserts the competitive
mindset needed from soldiers during a substantial assault as well as my hockey team
transitioning from one of the greatest seasons in its history. Prior to the landings in
Normandy, Patton gave his famous speech to his troops to try and increase morale. He pleaded
for unity as well as everyone to persevere. Without that, there would have been no way they
would have succeeded on D-Day. But there is always that one question; would the United States
have won the war had they decided not to landed on those beaches?