Skip to comments.George Patton’s Summer of 1944 [Remember his tactical brilliance that helped to win World War II]
Posted on 07/24/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border.
Patton almost did not get a chance at his summer of glory. After brilliant service in North Africa and Sicily, fellow officers and his German enemies considered him the most gifted American field general of his generation. But near the conclusion of his illustrious Sicilian campaign, the volatile Patton slapped two sick GIs in field hospitals, raving that they were shirkers. In truth, both were ill and at least one was suffering from malaria.
Public outrage eventually followed the shameful incidents. As a result, General Dwight D. Eisenhower was forced to put Patton on ice for eleven key months.
Tragically, Pattons irreplaceable talents would be lost to the Allies in the soon-to-be-stagnant Italian campaign. He also played no real role in the planning of the Normandy campaign. Instead, his former subordinate, the more stable but far less gifted Omar Bradley, assumed direct command under Eisenhower of American armies in France.
In early 1944, a mythical Patton army was used as a deception to fool the Germans into thinking that Army Group Patton might still make another major landing at Calais. The Germans apparently found it incomprehensible that the Americans would bench their most audacious general at the very moment when his audacity was most needed.
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Patton’s desire to continue heading east after Germany’s surrender would have cost lives in the short run but in the long run would have had enormous benefits...worldwide!
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Patton was far from perfect but I think he was basically an even better general than generally recognized. He studied war from his earliest days.
Both his Grandfathers were Confederate Generals. One a Colonel and one a General. Patton’s family moved to California after the war and Patton was raised in regular contact with John Mosby, probably the greatest guerilla leader ever.
Many years ago, I saw an interview with a German General who was in prison in England. He said the best allied generals were Patton and Montgomery.
How strange is it he dies just as WW2 ends, mere months after the Japanese surrender.
I’ve often wondered what the post-war would would have looked like if Patton had been around long enough to play a real part.
He certainly had his failings, but he did clearly see the communist threat for what it was. The western world’s blindness, and the willful action of traitors and fifth-columnists in western civilizations, both contributed greatly to the length and the overall bloodiness of the cold war.
Without such a high degree of acquiescence from the west, not to mention the aid and comfort of communist agents and ideologues in western nations, how many millions of lives could have been saved across the world during those years? The fact of the matter is the west was very good at throwing small nations under the communist bus in the decades following the second world war. There are plenty of mass graves out there that attest to the power of western blindness, so I wonder what would have happened if we’d had a few powerful, insightful, respected public figures take up the banner and press the fight against communism while most of the world was busy handing countries over to the Red leviathan.
“The bilious bastards who write that stuff for the Saturday Evening Post don’t know any more about real battle than they do about f-—ing.”
The real issue was, at best, blindness on the part of FDR toward the reality of communism. Churchill was the better informed of the two. There was no way that Patton would be unleashed with FDR as commander in chief.
Untold millions died because of FDR’s socialist tendencies and accommodations.
Victor Davis HAnson has it right. PC foolishness 50 years before its time....
Just avoid the winter if at all possible!
He’d make a pretty good inspirational speaker.
The 3 hour rule strikes again. That’s how it was explained to me. After 3 hours, another of the same thread is acceptable.
He knew how to deal with Mexican Villistas. He killed them and strapped their bodies to his car much to General Pershing’s surprise.
He killed them in what was basically an old West style gun fight. Patton was the better shot and carved two notches in the grip of his Colt Peacemaker.
Ike was becoming a politician when he started to play politics with Patton.
There was no “blindness” on the part of FDR. He embraced Communism as his wife did.
I read several interesting biographies on Patton. He was furious with his superiors, who were deliberately sabotaging his efforts (like not getting him gas for his Battle of the Bulge) and always hampering him with ‘charges” to interfere with his missions. They ignored his suggestions...all were brilliant. The other leaders were all jealous of Patton. Patton had no jealousy, he had no insecurities or doubts in himself or knowledge. His life was dedicated to understanding the enemy and in knowing exactly what was needed to win any war.
The leading historians all agree that if Patton was listened to by his superiors, we would have ended WWII one year earlier and saved thousands of our men.
He stated in letters continually at the end of the war that he was going directly to congress to let them know the evil agreements that we made with the evil Communists to virtually kill millions of people who should not be given over to a Communist tyrant. These Eastern European nations had a RIGHT to be Free and not given to Russia. it was evil.
FDR had Communists planted throughout the State Department—setting up the best scenarios for the Russians. There are also books alleging that Patton was deliberately killed—since he had a lot of information to give to Congress which would undermine the White House and our military leaders who gave away nations to the Communists, and he was more popular than Eisenhower.
He would have easily beat Eisenhower for President, because he was the most popular general ever. Men who fought under him, idolized him and his courage and his decisive genius.
Now, was he deliberately killed? I don’t know-—but it sure makes sense when you realize that FDR stated that nothing ever happens by accident and that the NWO took control of the USA with Wilson.
Truth is always hated more than Lies-—and people with the Truth—always are killed or exiled or demonized, since Socrates and Jesus, and the media certainly demonized Patton and thwarted him when he tried to win the War....even the movie on him-—although some Truth is there-—there is that bias, about the slapping incident to marginalize him and paint him as a uncaring tyrant. “Perceptions” are everything and the truth is hidden-—got to search for it.
If the media, Hollywood gives you the “scenario” it is absolutely a false, biased one-—I guarantee it!!!! Don’t believe anything you read unless the authority is totally reliable-—and even then, they can be wrong or misled.
Search for Truth is ongoing....never ever ends. We may never really know the truth about the great Gen. Patton, except he was a genius and he was one of our greatest generals in the history of our great nation.
Truman was a coward; how he treated MacArthur is alone proof enough.
Patton was also a distant cousin of the great Marine, Chesty Puller :)
I found a book about Chesty in the trash can when I was managing Mitchell Hall back around 1974. Fascinating guy. He also lived a somewhat charmed life. He probably should have been killed several times, beginning in Haiti.
Yes, indeed. Five Navy Crosses. What a man. Unfortunately, he lived to see his son severely disfigured, in Vietnam. Like all Dads worth their salt, he’d probably have traded his life, to spare his son’s suffering - as all of us fathers would have done.
Ahhh, Good old Harry. When Binaggio and Pendergast said frog Truman looked like he was bouncing on a trampoline.
Patton had out lived his usefulness This guy was one of the first in Dachau and he still seethed with anger thinking about the barbarism inflicted on the prisoners in that death camp..
Holy smoke, I was just reading about that last week, how they thought he was assassinated. Who would do that though? Yeah I can’t even imagine what those first vets thought when they came upon places like Dachau, it must have scared the hell out of them. I mean can imagine running into a whole mass of people who look like zombies? Pure horror. Seeing the piles of bodies, burned corpses, just as horiffic as it gets. That’s something that’s impossible to get over, and the thing is, it’s happening again. Incredibly only 70 years later it’s starting all over again. Extreme evil appeased by the same kind of numbnuts. You would think the world would be outraged, would immediately slam on the brakes, but no. Instead once again they are doing the exact opposite: Actually encouraging it. Like my brother says: Someone like Obama couldn’t have come at a worse time. In this day and age, that is the absolute LAST kind of guy you want as POTUS and I think it’s going to result in one hell of a fix that may be impossible to recover from. If we had a Congress that had any kind of moral compass, this piece of rat slime would have been OUT months ago, but of course the ego of these sc*mbags in Washington once again takes precedent over the people.
Today that would get Patton arrested, oh and charged with “crimes against the environment”
Patton was seated in the rear when the collision occurred. He was thrown up and forward, which caused his head to strike a metallic object in the ceiling. Patton’s neck was broken and he suffered a serious scalp wound. Badly wounded by the broken neck and laceration/s, they managed to keep him alive and stabilized his neck and spine in the hospital with one of those rigs for immobilizing the neck and spine. Patton subsequently nearly died from a respiratory infection that developed, but there were indications he was finally beginning to show signs of recovery from the pneumonia (IRRC) and infections, when he took a bad turn for the worse and died. One of the publications about these events claim that someone intervened and cuased Patton’s death in his hospital room when it became apparent that Patton was going to survive after all. One of the culprits nominated as the assassin was a Soviet spy, much like the many cases of poisoning of the enemies of Russia in the years up to today.