Two of the most famously rousing speeches in history address many of the same topics: bravery, fear, camaraderie, and death.

General George S. Patton delivered his speech to the American Army on several occasions as it prepared for the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II.

Patton's aggressive approach to war ultimately cost him his career, though not before winning him many supporters — and battles.

At the battle of Agincourt in 1415, England's King Henry V was vastly outnumbered by French fighters, yet the English army carried the day.

Shakespeare dramatizes the unlikely victory by writing Henry a speech that inspires in his men a miraculous fighting spirit.

 

GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON AND SHAKESPEARE'S HENRY V ON DYING:

Patton on dying.Henry V on dying.

 

ON CAMARADERIE:

Patton on camaraderie.Henry on camaraderie.

 

ON BRAVERY:

Patton on bravery.Henry V on bravery.

 

ON TEAMWORK:

Patton on teamwork.Henry V on teamwork.

 

ON FEAR:

Patton on fear.Henry V on fear.