"Rommel, you magnificent bastard!"
Description: Military proclamation spoken by George C. Scott as WWII U.S. General Patton in the motion picture Patton (1970).
As German General Rommel's 10th Panzer Division falls under a deadly barrage from American heavy guns in North Africa, General Patton shouts, “Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your book.” Meaning that Patton had studied Rommel's military strategies and Patton had outmanuevered him at his own game.
In the film, Patton's gruff vocabulary is often called into check. He calls British General Montgomery, “a Limy son of a bitch” and he tells his troops that he is going to Berlin to, “personally shoot” Hitler, whom he refers to as, “that paper-hanging son of a bitch.”
Patton even slapped an American G. I. suffering from shell shock and declares, “The man was yellow. He should of been tried for cowardice and shot.”
The movie begins with a rousing monologue as Patton stands in front of a huge American flag and delivers these reassuring words to his troops:
“I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastards die for his country.... The Nazis are the enemy. Wade into them, Spill their blood. Shoot them in the belly. When you put your hand into a bunch of goo that a moment before was your best friend’s face, you’ll know what to do...I don’t want to get any messages sayings that we are holding our position. We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re gonna go through him like crap through a goose.”
For his aggressive, take no prisoners attitude, Patton earns the nickname ‘Blood and Guts,’ with one soldier commenting, “Yeah, our blood, and his guts!”