|Battle of Atlanta|
|Part of the Georgia Campaign|
A U.S. soldier wielding his "tommy gun"
|Confederate States||United States|
|Commanders and leaders|
| Harry Byrd |
George S. Patton†
| Franklin D. Roosevelt |
| ~200,000 men |
| ~700,000 men |
|Casualties and losses|
|~170,000 men killed||~280,000 men killed|
The Battle of Atlanta was a major battle fought during World War II and was the bloodiest and most vicious battle since Chicago. As Omar Bradley's First Army pushed into the deep south via Kentucky and Tennessee, Atlanta was determined to be a vital area to be taken by Bradley in order to further cripple the Confederates' industrial and war power. George Patton predicted that Bradley would try to take Atlanta and began to set up fortifications around the city. Prior to the American engagement, Patton gave one of the most famous speeches during World War II, inspiring his men to "drive the Yankees back home" and to fight to the death.
Confederate forces heeded Patton's wishes and endured some of the most brutal fighting of World War II. During August, it looked like the Confederates might actually win the battle, however once Bradley's men were able to break through the city's fortifications, Patton's victory soon turned out to be impossible. In October, the last Confederate forces (including General Patton) were encircled and trapped within the city. Bradley attempted to offer a surrender agreement to Patton, however Patton refused almost immediately. The Confederates were reluctant to surrender and fought until death. It was reported by one Confederate soldier that he saw General Patton attempting to fight off U.S. forces while cursing at them rampantly, however on October 23, Patton was dead.
Two days later, with leadership crumbling and motivation lost, the remaining Confederate forces put down their weapons and surrendered.