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General G.S. Patton was assassinated to silence his criticism of allied war leaders claims new book
The Telegraph ^ | December 21, 2008 | Tim Shipman in Washington

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."

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(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Conspiracy; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: assassination; bookreview; generalpatton; georgespattonjr; godsgravesglyphs; pages; patton; wwii
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1 posted on 12/22/2008 3:26:45 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition
Whatever happened Mr Bazata has already gotten to have his face to face with Patton.
2 posted on 12/22/2008 3:35:48 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: Daffynition

“He’s a sterling guy.”

An assassin, a sterling guy?


3 posted on 12/22/2008 3:38:43 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!!)
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To: Daffynition
I am not familiar with Tim Shipman or Robert Wilcox. Honestly, I am a little skeptical of this information.

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.

4 posted on 12/22/2008 3:43:05 AM PST by wmileo (I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan. POTUS #40)
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To: Daffynition
According to all the medical evidence, Patton had a severe spinal injury from a broken neck, which could have easily been sustained in the type of vehicle he was riding in, as well as the nature of the accident.

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.

5 posted on 12/22/2008 3:48:44 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (WHAT? Where did my tag line go?)
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To: wmileo

It sounds interesting though, but just in case...”Dan Brown please pick up the white courtesy phone.”


6 posted on 12/22/2008 4:00:11 AM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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To: Daffynition

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.


7 posted on 12/22/2008 4:06:39 AM PST by PowderMonkey (Will Work for Ammo)
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To: Daffynition

"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

8 posted on 12/22/2008 4:15:06 AM PST by bmwcyle (McCain had no honor when he failed to defend Sarah Palin, Leno was not enough)
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To: Daffynition

Paranoia.


9 posted on 12/22/2008 4:18:26 AM PST by popdonnelly (Don't lose sight of your conservative principles.)
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To: Daffynition
This same idiocy and method of killing was the subject of a movie years ago.

Three steps to financial independence:

1. Write outrageous book
2. Idiots buy it
3. You cash checks

10 posted on 12/22/2008 4:20:40 AM PST by MindBender26 (Never kick a leftist when they are down. Wait 'til they're halfway back up! You get better leverage!)
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To: Daffynition

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.


11 posted on 12/22/2008 4:25:03 AM PST by BullDog108 (A Smith & Wesson beats four aces)
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To: MindBender26

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..


12 posted on 12/22/2008 4:30:28 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A democrat will break your leg, then hand you a crutch and take credit for your being able to walk.)
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To: bmwcyle

I agree.


13 posted on 12/22/2008 4:31:52 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: JemiansTerror

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.


14 posted on 12/22/2008 4:33:15 AM PST by Jemian (PAM of JT~~ The more I git to know some people, the better I laik ma dawg!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I’d like to see the low velocity projectile that breaks someone’s neck. I’m guessing it looks a lot like a truck.


15 posted on 12/22/2008 4:35:38 AM PST by SampleMan (Community Organizer: What liberals do when they run out of college, before they run out of Marxism.)
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To: SampleMan

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.


16 posted on 12/22/2008 4:42:18 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (WHAT? Where did my tag line go?)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Patton's body functions began to slowly shut down and in his weakened state he became vulnerable to a virus.

Which is pretty much what happened, if I recall.

17 posted on 12/22/2008 4:44:40 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Jemian

Sure thing.

Conspiracy theorists do a lot of fishing, but mostly eat crow.


18 posted on 12/22/2008 4:48:05 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (WHAT? Where did my tag line go?)
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To: SampleMan
I’d like to see the low velocity projectile that breaks someone’s neck. I’m guessing it looks a lot like a truck.

And how the physicians treating Patton didn't notice his injury looked more a bullet wound than a crash wound.

19 posted on 12/22/2008 4:49:45 AM PST by decimon
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To: Daffynition

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.


20 posted on 12/22/2008 4:51:44 AM PST by wally-balls
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To: decimon

bttt


21 posted on 12/22/2008 4:55:03 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

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.


22 posted on 12/22/2008 4:56:19 AM PST by Jemian (PAM of JT~~ The more I git to know some people, the better I laik ma dawg!)
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To: IronJack
The movie done by George C. Scott, “The last days of Gen. Patton” (not sure of the exact title.) was a close historical reenactment of the actual events in his last days. Right up to how the accident happened.

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.)

23 posted on 12/22/2008 4:56:40 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (WHAT? Where did my tag line go?)
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To: wmileo
I am not familiar with Tim Shipman or Robert Wilcox

Google uncovers several Robert Wilcox, none of them this guy. First assumption: legend in his own mind.

24 posted on 12/22/2008 4:56:43 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Kill the English their concept of individual rights might undermine the power of our beloved tyrants)
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To: wmileo
In 1979 the movie Apocalypse Now is seen by John F Kerry, former USN officer. Subsequent to this, he starts telling a story about how he was involved in a 'sicrit mission' into Cambodia. Gullible people believe him

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

25 posted on 12/22/2008 5:12:33 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Kill the English their concept of individual rights might undermine the power of our beloved tyrants)
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To: Jemian
No, the events that lead up to it were incidental.

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.)

26 posted on 12/22/2008 5:13:08 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (WHAT? Where did my tag line go?)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Thank you for the additional info.


27 posted on 12/22/2008 5:16:12 AM PST by Jemian (PAM of JT~~ The more I git to know some people, the better I laik ma dawg!)
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To: PowderMonkey
At least five documents relating to the car accident have been removed from US archives

Sandy Burger involved?

I tend to agree with you are right about this book being "revisionist garbage".

28 posted on 12/22/2008 5:21:20 AM PST by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: Daffynition

Previous thread here, with some interesting discussion points:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2152105/posts


29 posted on 12/22/2008 5:28:30 AM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: Daffynition
The first time I heard about a conspiracy to kill Patton it involved the theft of Nazi gold. There was even a movie made about it about thirty years ago. I remembered going to see the movie but I can't remember the title of the movie right now. Not what you call a cinema classic.

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.

30 posted on 12/22/2008 5:30:22 AM PST by Ticonderoga34
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To: Daffynition
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.


31 posted on 12/22/2008 5:38:07 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Oztrich Boy
"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 'secret mission' to assassinate Gen. Patton. Gullible people believe him "

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.

32 posted on 12/22/2008 5:44:46 AM PST by wmileo (I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan. POTUS #40)
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To: patton

News of your demise has been greatly exaggerated. lol


33 posted on 12/22/2008 5:45:40 AM PST by verity ("Lord, what fools we mortals be!")
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To: verity

“I’m not dead yet!”


34 posted on 12/22/2008 5:47:26 AM PST by patton (T)
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To: Daffynition

I admired Patton but how about a book investigating President Obama and his shadowy past..........


35 posted on 12/22/2008 5:47:39 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: zert_28

The title of the film was ‘Brass Target’. It stared that poor excuse for an actor, “the mother from UNCLE”, Robert Vaughn.


36 posted on 12/22/2008 5:48:33 AM PST by wmileo (I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan. POTUS #40)
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To: Daffynition
There are three types of broken necks.

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.

37 posted on 12/22/2008 5:51:18 AM PST by Pistolshot ("Democrats don't show respect, they just demand respect " - ClearCase_guy)
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To: Daffynition
“...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.”

Wasn't this already made into a movie?

38 posted on 12/22/2008 5:53:37 AM PST by Little Ray (Do we have a Plan B?)
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To: Daffynition

This isn’t credible until Oliver Stone says so.


39 posted on 12/22/2008 5:56:23 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Hurtgen; zot

Doesn’t seem plausible to me. I remember reading a fiction book with a similar theme 20+ years ago


40 posted on 12/22/2008 6:08:39 AM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead (3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87))
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Exactly. It’s nonsense, and not one of the eyewitness doctors or nurses reported ANY bullet wound on Patton.


41 posted on 12/22/2008 6:10:18 AM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: LS
Please refer to # 26.

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.

42 posted on 12/22/2008 6:19:33 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (WHAT? Where did my tag line go?)
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To: Daffynition

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.


43 posted on 12/22/2008 6:25:52 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: MindBender26

“Brass Target.”

Rather incoherent plot, as I recall, but Max Von Sydow did a great job as the enigmatic assassin.


44 posted on 12/22/2008 6:30:32 AM PST by sinanju
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To: Daffynition
Yeah, sure.

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.

45 posted on 12/22/2008 6:40:09 AM PST by OldSmaj (Death to islam. No to Hussein. BO stinks.)
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To: Daffynition
From the article : "George Patton, a dynamic controversialist who wore pearl handled revolvers.."

This guy didn't even watch the movie ..

" They're IVORY, G__damn it!....Only a New Orleans pimp wears Pearl handled pistols

46 posted on 12/22/2008 6:44:09 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. This story is fiction. See post 26 for what actually happened.


47 posted on 12/22/2008 11:02:28 AM PST by zot
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To: bmwcyle

Dig Him Up and have at His corpse


48 posted on 12/22/2008 11:51:11 AM PST by STD (Go Out to the Nations Preaching the Good News)
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To: Daffynition
excerpt..."His book, "Target Patton", contains interviews with Mr Bazata, who died in 1999,..."

Mr Bazata led an extraordinary life. He was a member of the Jedburghs, the elite unit who parachuted into France to help organise the Resistance in the run up to D-Day in 1944. He earned four purple hearts, a Distinguished Service Cross and the French Croix de Guerre three times over for his efforts.

After the war he became a celebrated artist who enjoyed the patronage of Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

He was friends with Salvador Dali, who painted a portrait of Bazata as Don Quixote.

He ended his career as an aide to President Ronald Reagan's Navy Secretary John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 Commission and adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign.


Really? Did he come back to life? Or, was he just "undead"?
49 posted on 12/22/2008 2:10:18 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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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
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2152105/posts


50 posted on 12/22/2008 2:15:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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