Skip to comments.General G.S. Patton was assassinated to silence his criticism of allied war leaders claims new book
Posted on 12/22/2008 3:26:44 AM PST by Daffynition
The newly unearthed diaries of a colourful assassin for the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA, reveal that American spy chiefs wanted Patton dead because he was threatening to expose allied collusion with the Russians that cost American lives.
The death of General Patton in December 1945, is one of the enduring mysteries of the war era. Although he had suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Manheim, he was thought to be recovering and was on the verge of flying home.
But after a decade-long investigation, military historian Robert Wilcox claims that OSS head General "Wild Bill" Donovan ordered a highly decorated marksman called Douglas Bazata to silence Patton, who gloried in the nickname "Old Blood and Guts".
His book, "Target Patton", contains interviews with Mr Bazata, who died in 1999, and extracts from his diaries, detailing how he staged the car crash by getting a troop truck to plough into Patton's Cadillac and then shot the general with a low-velocity projectile, which broke his neck while his fellow passengers escaped without a scratch.
Mr Bazata also suggested that when Patton began to recover from his injuries, US officials turned a blind eye as agents of the NKVD, the forerunner of the KGB, poisoned the general.
Mr Wilcox told The Sunday Telegraph that when he spoke to Mr Bazata: "He was struggling with himself, all these killings he had done. He confessed to me that he had caused the accident, that he was ordered to do so by Wild Bill Donovan.
"Donovan told him: 'We've got a terrible situation with this great patriot, he's out of control and we must save him from himself and from ruining everything the allies have done.' I believe Douglas Bazata. He's a sterling guy."
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
“He’s a sterling guy.”
An assassin, a sterling guy?
Someone is always writing a book or otherwise promoting a movie, play or their own credibility at the expense of others who are dead and therefore unable to defend themselves.
This could be an example of vintage Revisionist History. It could be the right wing version of Oliver Stone/Ron Howard propaganda.
However I will keep an open mind as I read what others have said about Robert Wilcox's new book before formulating an opinion.
Because of the severity of the injury, Patton's body functions began to slowly shut down and in his weakened state he became vulnerable to a virus.
This “book” is just a lame opportunistic attempt to create another conspiracy theory based on our “evil, corrupt and heartless” Military.
It sounds interesting though, but just in case...”Dan Brown please pick up the white courtesy phone.”
Delusional, revisionist garbage. And please don’t refer to Gen. Donovan as “Wild Bill.” He hated the moniker. He felt it carried negative conotations for himself and the fledgling organization that would later become the Central Intelligence Agency.
"I had heard a version of this tale based upon German villainy, but never with the detail and matter-of-fact persuasion in TARGET: PATTON...Exhume the corpse. End the debate." -John Batchelor, host WABC, WMAL, KSFO, KFI
Three steps to financial independence:
1. Write outrageous book
2. Idiots buy it
3. You cash checks
Very interesting. My father told me this and I was going to give him some aluminum foil. I guess he was right about more things than I think.
I’m going to write a book on how to become a multi-millionaire and sell it for $19.95..basically the book will tell you to write a book on how to become a multi-millionaire and sell it for $19.95..
This is the article I was telling you about. Whenever Patton’s death has been discussed in my presence, someone has always said that there was something fishy about it; that it didn’t seem “right” to them.
I’d like to see the low velocity projectile that breaks someone’s neck. I’m guessing it looks a lot like a truck.
Oh yes, one that is fired from a 10 ton tactical vehicle, in 10 wheel drive. (Imagine the impact force! Even at 40 miles per hour)
The stupidity is “Progressive” in nature.
Which is pretty much what happened, if I recall.
Conspiracy theorists do a lot of fishing, but mostly eat crow.
And how the physicians treating Patton didn't notice his injury looked more a bullet wound than a crash wound.
I’m not sure about the assassination angle but I do believe Ike, Truman, and the Communist Media (yes, very much our enemy even then - and Patton knew it) tried to marginalize that great man by portraying as unhinged and turning him into the lovable but crazy uncle. At a minimum he was the victim of character assassination. Read ‘A Genius for War’ by Carlos D’Este.
Mostly my friends have said that the truck running into the car seemed staged. They didn’t venture any conspiracy theories. They just didn’t feel everything was known about it. I think the first time I heard about this was in 1969 or 70 or 71. I was in high school.
To begin with, how did this “assassin” get this “low velocity projectile” make it through the safety-tempered glass on Patton's fully enclosed staff car? (The windows were also rolled up I believe.)
Google uncovers several Robert Wilcox, none of them this guy. First assumption: legend in his own mind.
In 1979 the movie The Brass Target is seen by Douglas Bazata, former OSS officer. Subsequent to this, he starts telling a story about how he was involved in a 'sicrit mission' to assassinate Gen. Patton. Gullible people believe him
They were at an intersection where a horse-drawn cart blocked the road and the view from a main road. Patton's driver became impatient and suddenly swerved around the cart, out into the path of the truck that hit them.
To say that this tragic accident seemed “staged” is somewhat moronic.
To correct a previous post; the movie is actually titled “The Last Days of Patton” and Patton died from an embolism while being prepared to be shipped back to the States in a full body cast.
It was known that Patton was dieing and they did not want one of America's greatest heroes to die on foreign soil, so they were preparing to ship him home to die in the USA.
(Google the history for yourself under the title I provided.)
Thank you for the additional info.
Sandy Burger involved?
I tend to agree with you are right about this book being "revisionist garbage".
Previous thread here, with some interesting discussion points:
I think people have difficultly believing that Patton survived the war and then died in a simple car accident. Just like they have a hard time believing that a loser like Oswald could assassinate a President by himself. Hence conspiracy theories.
At the very least that would make Douglas Bazata as Unfit to be Commander in Chief as John F. Kerry.
Although I will wager Douglas Bazata saw more military action and received more deserving citations for bravery and real wounds in actual combat than the distinguished Junior Senator from Massachusetts.
News of your demise has been greatly exaggerated. lol
“I’m not dead yet!”
I admired Patton but how about a book investigating President Obama and his shadowy past..........
The title of the film was ‘Brass Target’. It stared that poor excuse for an actor, “the mother from UNCLE”, Robert Vaughn.
The Christopher Reeve. Complete paralysis(Patton had suffered this)
The one that actually kills you. (Severs the blood vessels, spinal cord, etc.)
And the one that just hurts. (Compression fracures that cause short term paralysis and a lot of pain)
Patton was under a lot of criticism for using former Nazi officials to maintain public services in occupied areas under his control. His biggest mistake was equating membership in the Nazi party to like being a Democrat in the States. He had been relieved for the final time and was in the process of leaving Europe when his accident occured.
There was no 'mystery' about the accident. There is ample documentation of the drivers involved, the cause of the accident, and the points in the vehicle that Patton struck with his head.
That the old soldier who personified the 'warrior ethos', would die of a simple car accident instead of enemy bullets is the real irony of Patton. One that I am sure he laughed about in his mind again and again before closing them for the last time.
Wasn't this already made into a movie?
This isn’t credible until Oliver Stone says so.
Doesn’t seem plausible to me. I remember reading a fiction book with a similar theme 20+ years ago
Exactly. It’s nonsense, and not one of the eyewitness doctors or nurses reported ANY bullet wound on Patton.
I went back and refreshed my memory. The movie was very historically correct in most all detail. Some of the things Patton said while in the hospital were word-for-word in the movie script.
The reenactment of the accident was also historically correct.
Logic and sanity always prevails over the Chicken Little's of the World.
I hope the author of this book is kicking back a portion of his royalties to the screenwriters of “Brass Target” — a really bad movie with George Kennedy as Patton.
Rather incoherent plot, as I recall, but Max Von Sydow did a great job as the enigmatic assassin.
This crap is right up there with that horse crap story about JFK being accidentally shot with an M-16 by one of his SS guys.
The human mind is certainly fertile and self-feeding; it blooms this silliness and continues growing it with the crap it continues to generate.
Does the author of this...uh, er, story actually believe that something of this nature could have happened to a person of Patton's stature and someone, someone, somewhere has not come forward already?
I truly think the sales of tinfoil are enhanced by these types of authors, if indeed they can be called authors.
I suspect they purchase a large amount of it, themselves.
This guy didn't even watch the movie ..
" They're IVORY, G__damn it!....Only a New Orleans pimp wears Pearl handled pistols
Thanks for the ping. This story is fiction. See post 26 for what actually happened.
Dig Him Up and have at His corpse
General Patton was assassinated
to silence his criticism of allied war leaders claims new book
The Telegraph | 12/20/2008 | Tim Shipman in Washington
Posted on 12/20/2008 6:04:53 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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