Skip to comments.General Patton was assassinated to silence his criticism of allied war leaders claims new book
Posted on 12/20/2008 6:04:53 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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 Russians that cost American lives.
'We've got a terrible situation with this great patriot, he's out of control and we must save him from himself'.
The OSS head General did not trust Patton
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
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iNteresting, hadn’t heard the truck sidewhack & low-velocity projectile theory before.
Sad too, regardless, Patton was a great man. He deserved to die on a battlefield, not in a “road mishap”.
Where is my tinfoil hat?
I do not believe a word of this.
Patton was a great warrior, and a great American. “Wild Bill” would not have done this, nor condoned it.
Ahhh, but the poison delivered by a Russky had to nail the deal for this one. Ol’ Patton would not have gone quietly. ;-)
Low velocity means big drop over distance.
Further, some ‘bullet’ the size of a .45, would have to leave the barrel, not too slow, or it would drop at your feet, but not too fast to hit the spine and not tear the skin, or puncture.
There is no way, out in the field, on a moving target, on a near elderly man that this would work.
Not possible: FDR wouldn’t allow such a thing.
Well, it’s true that our alliance with Stalin had some very unfortunate consequences. I’m not sure I believe this, but it’s possible.
Didn’t Ike stop Patten so the Soviet army could take Berlin? That adds some credibility to this story.
And Ike was presumably leaned on by the Commies in the White House.
The author was on Coast to Coast last week. It was pretty interesting.
I am a big GSP.FAN hence my name this is a load of Bu*****t..
What next A Oliver Stone movie????
YITBOS & Merry CHRISTmas!
I don’t believe the story although it was odd that Patton suffered so serious an injury from what was apparently a minor accident.
I think Patton thought God had created him just to play his part in the war. After the was ended so did Patton’s role.
I do remember in one of the books they mentioned how they brought in a Scottish specialist who ordered hooks to be placed in Patton’s face to pull his neck back straight. It worked and he seemed to be getting better then suddenly took a turn for the worse.
Like I said, I don’t believe the story about the assassination but would like to see it investigated a little more.
This whole scenario is out of a 1970’s movie.
No, really. The whole account, arranged accident, “low-velocity projectile” and all, came from a screenwriters pen.
“Brass Target”, 1978, with Robert Vaughn, Max Von Sydow, Sophia Loren and Patrick McGoohan among many others - this was a star-studded cast.
I suspect that fellow telling the tall tales in his 80’s just gave a summary of a movie he once saw, and the writer fell for it.
I seem to recall that he corrected a journalist in the movie, Patton, saying that they were ivory handled.
Am I right about this?
God created George Patton for one purpose. When that was over, He needed him for another mission elsewhere.
Actually, a John Hough movie made in 1978, called "Brass Target".
Not possible: FDR wouldnt allow such a thing.
He was no angel but I would tend to agree with you.
MacArthur survived FDR. He was at least as big a prick in FDR’s side as anyone. FDR needed them. I doubt he would stab them in the back. That’s the media’s job.
Why should we have fought to take Berlin? We had already signed away East Germany at Yalta.
Yes you are, only a pimp in a New Orleans whorehouse would wear pearl handled revolvers.
Patton was a problem for probably the commies in the State Dept when the war ended. I would not put this past anyone on the govt.
". . . 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."
"Only a pimp in a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would wear pearl-handled revolvers."
---George S. Patton
I remember the line. What a wit and mouth Patton must have had.
Gee, post-WWII leftards who were sympathetic to Stalin permitted the NVKD to kill Patton after doing their best to kill him themselves.
Leftists are evil, and given the opportunity, more than willing to kill those who disagree with them (to save them from “themselves,” of course).
And this country just elected the most left-wing president in history...
Your right. I remember that movie and this sounds exactly like the plot from that movie
I wondered if I was the only one who immediately thought of Brass Target upon reading this story.
Great cast. Can’t remember if the movie itself was any good or not.
Watch the movie “Brass Target”, same plot and method to kill Patton. Is this true or a vivid imagination?
Patton really was a fascinating person and much more that the WWII character.
Both his grandfathers were Confederate officers. One a General and the other a Colonel. He probably should have been awarded the gold medal for the Pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics. Either one of his shots went through a previous hole or he completely missed the target on one shot which was highly improbably.
He killed two Mexican bandits in a gun fight including Pancho Villas’ intelligence chief. In war games before the war he consistently won every battle. He was wounded in WWI riding on the outside of his tank in order to see what was happening.
Anyone seen “Brass Target?” The plot of the staged “accident” and the low velocity projectile are right out of the movie......or the movie is right out of the suggested sequence of events.
Ah, but watch “Brass Target” !
In the movie, it goes down this way - since the location of the accident is pre-determined, a low-velocity silenced gun is built to be used to fire a pre-formed projectile made to look like a truck rivet. The asassin fires at short range in the post-accident confusion.
Of course, this just means that the story-telling “Ex-OSS” guy took his tale from a film (and/or the thriller novel it was based on).
The proximity of the truck pulling across the median crossing in front of Patton’s staff car was sheer happenstance. The injuries received in the accident were consistent with an accident of this nature, where the General was thrown forward in the “secondary collision” within the vehicle in which he was riding.
But dying of “complications” while hospitalized with his injuries, would be entirely consistent with actions by the NKVD.
Patton’s plan, had he gotten to Berlin first, would have been to utilize all the German Army as a strike force to drive right on into Moscow. In fact, he had broken across the Rhine way ahead of schedule, and had already started the drive, apparently in defiance of the Supreme Commander, when he was called back across the Rhine, to hold in line until the Russians could bring their forces up from the East.
Patton said the next time an opportunity would have presented itself, he would have smashed all his radios and plunged full speed ahead, damn the consequences. In 1944, he knew very well who the US would be fighting their next war with.
If Patton had returned to the US and appeared before Congress and the nation, he would have been nominated and elected President by acclamation, because he was going to “rip the lid off” all the undercover and subversive agents in the whole US government.
I just googled it.... I do not think i will put it on my netflix list...
Geogre Kennedy as GSP,no thank you i will stick with George C Scott..
The movie and the novel it was based on long pre-dated these interviews. I think the storyteller just borrowed a tall tale for the gullible writer.
Thanks! I think I have seen it.. ya never know, huh? :-]
Rumors of this have floated for years.
This isn’t really news, just news to some people.
In the movie, the assassin used a rubber projectile which looked like a random bushing approximately two inches in diameter, propelled by gasoline vapor. Any forensics performed on the projectile would suggest a part of the vehicle.
I don’t remember it being very good. Just memorable.
FDR died in April. Patton died in December.
Doubtful FDR was involved.
From Coast to Coast past shows...
Saturday December 13th, 2008
Assassination of General Patton
Investigative journalist Robert Wilcox provided startling new evidence that shows General George S. Patton was assassinated. According to Wilcox, the powers that be in the United States (and perhaps even in the USSR) regarded Patton as a loose cannon....
Host: Ian Punnett
I think its a case of an imagination that wasn’t quite vivid enough, so that a story idea had to come from someone elses story.
I.e., this is a case of plagiarism.
This story does not surprise me in the least and I don't wear a tinfoil hat.
There are scores of stories from the past about governments behaving in a disreputable manner behind the scenes to forward their own ends. The Lusitania deal is just another example.
Sounds like an interesting story.