"Old Blood 'n' Guts handed Rommel's ass to him"

British and American troops on the beach near Algiers during the North African campaign
Public DomainBritish and American troops on the beach near Algiers during the North African campaign - Credit: United Kingdom Government
'Old Blood 'n' Guts' is General Patton (1885-1945), who led his forces to victory against Erwin Rommel's German forces in the North African campaign.

In 1942, Patton commanded the Western Tank Force of the US Army, and landed in Morocco as part of Operation Torch. After Allied forces suffered a series of defeats, Patton was appointed to take command of the US II Corps, and promoted to lieutenant general. Though a tough leader, he was popular and respected among his troops.

Patton quickly turned things around, achieving a crucial victory at the Battle of El Guettar. They pushed the Germans and Italians east, while the British Eighth Army pushed them west. The Axis forces were pinned in Tunisia and eventually forced out of North Africa by May 1943.