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Posted on 03/20/2014 6:53:00 AM PDT by KeyLargo
General George S. Patton was assassinated to silence his criticism of allied war leaders claims new book George S. Patton, America's greatest combat general of the Second World War, was assassinated after the conflict with the connivance of US leaders, according to a new book.
By Tim Shipman in Washington
20 Dec 2008
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
See this thread of a couple of years ago:
The book, Soldiers of Misfortune, documents the large number of American servicemen that were abandoned and forgotten during WW II and the wars since. Many were imprisoned and died in slave labor camps. Most presidents since WW II have continued to sweep that under the rug.
Patton: "We're going to have to fight the Russians eventually anyway. It might as well be now while we've already got the army here to do it."
Soviets held U.S. POWS after WWII Yeltsin aide says some Americans still live in Russia
November 12, 1992|By New York Times News Service
WASHINGTON — A high-ranking Russian official says that thousands of U.S. prisoners of war captured by the Germans had been transferred to the Soviet Union after World War II and that some were still living in Russia.
The official, Dmitri Volkogonov, a military adviser to President Boris N. Yeltsin of Russia, told a U.S. Senate committee yesterday that more than 22,000 U.S. soldiers had been taken to the Soviet Union from German prisoner-of-war camps.
The Russian official said most of the U.S. servicemen were returned to the United States shortly after the war, but that 119 U.S. citizens with Russian, Ukranian or Jewish names were kept behind.
I remember that thread very well, I even agreed with the “It’s all conspiracy talking points” at the time. But as time has gone by, I have seen how infested Free Republic gets at times by ‘Trolls’ and others with an agenda. I have gone back and looked at things with a more critical eye. And I am more skeptical of those who do the trolling.
So to put things straight, do I think Patton was assassinated? I don’t know. His death was awfully convenient for those we now know were Communist sympathizers and moles in the U.S. Government at the time.
What I do believe though is that the Post-WW II political scene would have been a LOT different if he had gone back to the U.S. and become an elected Public Official such as a Senator.
The number of US PoWs in WW2:
Extract: Counting WWII Prisoners of War and Internees
The immense problems of World War II record-keeping in the heat of battle, how POWs and internees are defined, and sometimes unknowable individual circumstances, make an authoritative determination of the precise number of POWs and internees held by Germany and Japan in WWII virtually impossible. In the case of POWs, Charles A. Stenger, formerly with the Veterans Administration (VA), developed a set of figures revised annually since 1976 for POWs and an estimate for current numbers of surviving POWs for the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War. According to Dr. Stenger, these figures were compiled in cooperation with the Department of Defense (DOD), the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Archives. They are recognized and used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other government agencies. Dr. Stenger lists 27,465 POWs in the Pacific, of whom 11,107 died while in detention. He estimates that 4,477 of the survivors are alive as of January 1, 2003.10
According to Dr. Stenger, figures for civilian internees are less solid. He lists 7,300 American civilians as having been interned by Japan, of whom he estimates 1,969 are alive as of January 1, 2002. He also cites an additional 13,000 Amerasians holding American citizenship who hid during this period, but who were never interned; he estimates that 1,528 of those 13,000 Amerasians are still alive as of January 1, 2002.11 The Office of the Army’s Provost Marshal General, Prisoner of War Division, listed 13,979 American civilian internees (including War, Navy, and Merchant Marine personnel) in its compilation of internees Formerly Detained by the Japanese Government.12 The Center for Internee Rights, Inc. (CFIR), an internee advocacy group, calculates that there were 13,996 civilian internees held by Japan, of which the Center calculated 1,497 to be alive as of January 1, 2000.13 According to a January 4, 2002 letter to the editor of the New York Times by Linda Goetz Holmes (see information about her at endnote 41), there are approximately 5,300 surviving U.S. POWs who were held by Japan.14
if ya are not already familiar...see also Congressman Larry McDonald Patton and the KAL 007 Shootdown,,,
Dick.G: AMERICAN !
President Obama: "On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but its important for him to give me space.
President Medvedev: Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you
President Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.
President Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir."
“What I do believe though is that the Post-WW II political scene would have been a LOT different if he had gone back to the U.S. and become an elected Public Official such as a Senator.”
He had already said that he was giving up his officer’s commission and retirement benefits to go home and enter politics in opposition to an undisclosed political issue. We already know that Soviet POWs were being rounded up and shipped out of Trieste onboard a ship and disembarked at Sevastopol, where they were taken off the gangplank behind a wall and shot right there at the dock. When the allies balked at returning more of the Soviet POWs, Stalin held the Allied POWs hostage. The dispute from that point on is what did or did not happen to the Allied POWs in Soviet captivity and how many of them there were. Some sources put the number of American POWs at somewhere around 25,000 and British Commonwealth at about 38,000 or thereabouts if I remember correctly.
People, as we see with the airliner, are extremely reluctant to accept the maxim that Sh#t happens.
” Mr Wilcox told The Sunday Telegraph: “Patton was going to resign from the Army. He wanted to go to war with the Russians. The administration thought he was nuts.
“He also knew secrets of the war which would have ruined careers.
Charles Province, President of the George S. Patton Historical Society, said he hopes the book will lead to definitive proof of the plot being uncovered. He said: “There were a lot of people who were pretty damn glad that Patton died. He was going to really open the door on a lot of things that they screwed up over there.”
Stalins Spies and Secret Police
Yet another conspiracy theory that I don’t believe.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I don't believe this. I'm no expert, but I've read a lot about Donovon, particularly involving OSS ops in southern China and Indochina during and just after WWII, and have encountered nothing that would raise to the level of this scurrilous charge.
But it's always been easier to attack the dead than the living.
“Yet another conspiracy theory that I dont believe.”
That is why I checked the FR box - “conspiracy”.
Yes, it is a theory and I am skeptical.
Seventy years ago there were no alternate sources of truthful information beyond what the newspaper editors chose to print. Anyone with direct, factual knowledge of the death of Patton is now dead.
Oh, I was not suggesting that you subscribed to it. It's actually interesting that some do believe it even though there is plenty of evidence that Patton died in a freak accident.
I cannot think of a conspiracy theory off the top of my head that I believe.
makes me friggin sick to see this criminal in chief asking for time to get re-elected, before agreeing to disarm and neuter us, further.
While I don’t think he was and most probably it was an accident, T wouldn’t put it past the people in power at the time (on EITHER side), I mean we literally made a deal with the devil (Stalin) to help defeat a slightly lesser satan (Hitler)...
Hey, it’s like global warming—keep repeating it and it eventually becomes true, and puts so many people to work. This author prolly dreamed it up to get some money.
69 years and counting. He hasn't been proven right yet.
BTW, any direct confrontation between USA and Russia is highly unlikely. Nobody, certainly not Putin, wants to open the nuclear surprise box.
For an alternative take on the plausibility of this theory.
Alternate wacko tin foil hat conspiracy theory that couldn’t possibly be true:
GEN Patton died at the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelburg from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Mannheim.
There are a couple that make me go "hmm." The Bobby Kennedy assassination still seems hinky, and the way the Enyart photos, seized by the police and only released in 1988 after a lawsuit were allegedly stolen from the courier delivering them when his car broke down and he left them bothers me. The other one is the Martin Luther King assassination, and where a two-bit loser like Ray got the money to purchase a fake Canadian passport and flee to England (with a side trip to Lisbon) for two months.
But this one, I don't buy at all for the simply reason that if you want to kill someone, there are a lot simpler and more foolproof ways to go about it that won't be suspected. Hell, they could have put a bomb in his car and blamed on Nazi die-hards. They could have put a bomb on his plane over the Atlantic and had him do a Glenn Miller. But to stage an accident, then have a guy run up to the car with a special gun that, when placed just so, causes a broken neck, is just too Rube Goldberg. No one is going to approve that plan.
Have had the book and exchanged emails with the author.
Patton was leaving Europe for California to run for U.S. Senate then the White House to execute his publicly stated intention of finishing the job.
The author presents evidence of those involved, that it was a joint effort of Soviet intelligence and Donovan's people.
The Truman and Eisenhower administrations eschewed any "rollback" or "victory" policy, throwing in with the Kennan containment plan.
I've also read extensively on Donovan and the OSS, parrticularly with regards to the ETO. I agree, Donovan was a true patriot and idealist, but I suspect his idealism blinded him somewhat to the degree to which communist sympathizers infested the OSS (and the British SOE).
The book The Forgotten 500, which is primarily about OSS efforts to evacuate downed US fliers from the Balkans, also goes into extensive detail as to how much of eastern europe was ceded to the Soviets by their allies embedded in US the Allied intelligence and diplomatic circles.
Of course this doesn't prove whether or not Patton was assassinated, but the environment was such that the order could have gone out with Donovan being none the wiser.
Have a hard time believing it was anything
but an accident by a driver not paying attention.
That movie about Gen Pattons last days after
the accident was kinda hard to take,but very
The Soviets-Russians are well known for their CHEKA/NKVD/KGB/FSB assasinations, which cannot be dismissed as mere conspiracy theories lacking any credence. On the contrary, some of their assassinations are well documented.
In the case of General Patton, there are unconfirmed reports that Patton was murdered by a Soviet NKVD assassin just as it appeared possible Patton might actually survive the injuries and medical complications resulting from the automoble accident.
‘Kind of you to include mention of “The Forgotten 500” which I just ordered via my library.
Julia Child and her husband were in the OSS in southern China. They were lefties, but I don’t believe they were ever disloyal.
‘Sort of what Leslie Groves said to aids who were even then concerned about communists within academia: “Where do you expect me to find scientists if not in the universities?”
It's a tremendous adventure story in its own right, but if you're like me, it will really open your eyes to how much communist infiltrators in the western allied intelligence and diplomatic communities did to help shape the post-war spoils of eastern Europe to the benefit of the Soviets. I just thought it worth mentioning on this thread because some of the info in that book makes the plot to remove Patton seem much more plausible.
Ralph Epperson “The Unseen Hand” and JR Toland “The Last 100 Days” are two books that center well. There is truth, and then there is propaganda.
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