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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

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

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


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1 posted on 12/20/2008 6:04:54 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

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”.


2 posted on 12/20/2008 6:08:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

Where is my tinfoil hat?


3 posted on 12/20/2008 6:10:16 PM PST by TheOgre
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To: bruinbirdman

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.

Total Bunk.


4 posted on 12/20/2008 6:10:18 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

Ahhh, but the poison delivered by a Russky had to nail the deal for this one. Ol’ Patton would not have gone quietly. ;-)


5 posted on 12/20/2008 6:11:49 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: bruinbirdman
"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."

That certainly fits a common modus operandi for Russian assassinations. The circumstances also fit the situation and people.


6 posted on 12/20/2008 6:12:09 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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7 posted on 12/20/2008 6:13:29 PM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: bruinbirdman
Great plot for a spy novel.

5.56mm

8 posted on 12/20/2008 6:14:28 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: bruinbirdman
The JOOOOOSSSSS did it!!!!! sarcasm, of course

As conspiracies go, this is a new one. Eh, I'll take it with a grain of salt.
9 posted on 12/20/2008 6:15:16 PM PST by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: bruinbirdman

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.

Bunk.


10 posted on 12/20/2008 6:15:25 PM PST by Leisler
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To: bruinbirdman
"The newly unearthed diaries of a colourful assassin for the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS),..."

That's quite a documentation source, too.


11 posted on 12/20/2008 6:15:31 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Not possible: FDR wouldn’t allow such a thing.


12 posted on 12/20/2008 6:15:50 PM PST by tired1 (responsibility without authority is slavery!)
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To: bruinbirdman

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.


13 posted on 12/20/2008 6:16:36 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: familyop
I like the old mountain ice pick to the skull drill.
14 posted on 12/20/2008 6:16:59 PM PST by Leisler
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To: bruinbirdman

The author was on Coast to Coast last week. It was pretty interesting.


15 posted on 12/20/2008 6:17:56 PM PST by dljordan
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To: bruinbirdman

I am a big GSP.FAN hence my name this is a load of Bu*****t..

What next A Oliver Stone movie????


16 posted on 12/20/2008 6:18:34 PM PST by GSP.FAN
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To: bruinbirdman

YITBOS & Merry CHRISTmas!

17 posted on 12/20/2008 6:18:54 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (hri)
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To: bruinbirdman

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.


18 posted on 12/20/2008 6:19:40 PM PST by yarddog
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To: bruinbirdman

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.


19 posted on 12/20/2008 6:20:00 PM PST by buwaya
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To: bruinbirdman
...George Patton, a dynamic controversialist who wore pearl handled revolvers ...

I seem to recall that he corrected a journalist in the movie, Patton, saying that they were ivory handled.

Am I right about this?

20 posted on 12/20/2008 6:20:05 PM PST by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: bruinbirdman

God created George Patton for one purpose. When that was over, He needed him for another mission elsewhere.


21 posted on 12/20/2008 6:20:32 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: GSP.FAN
What next A Oliver Stone movie????

Actually, a John Hough movie made in 1978, called "Brass Target".

22 posted on 12/20/2008 6:20:34 PM PST by Publius
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To: tired1

Not possible: FDR wouldn’t 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.


23 posted on 12/20/2008 6:20:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: Cicero
Didn’t Ike stop Patten so the Soviet army could take Berlin?

Why should we have fought to take Berlin? We had already signed away East Germany at Yalta.

24 posted on 12/20/2008 6:21:06 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Just because I am an Oogedy-Boogedy kind of guy!)
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To: Bushbacker1
Ping to change my tagline. I made it nearly disappear!
25 posted on 12/20/2008 6:21:35 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (President Bush has let me down! Palin in 2012!)
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To: PackerBoy

Yes you are, only a pimp in a New Orleans whorehouse would wear pearl handled revolvers.


26 posted on 12/20/2008 6:21:40 PM PST by usmcobra
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To: Cicero

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.


27 posted on 12/20/2008 6:21:53 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: Leisler
"There is no way, out in the field, on a moving target, on a near elderly man that this would work. Bunk."

". . . 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."

yitbos

28 posted on 12/20/2008 6:22:27 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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To: PackerBoy
I seem to recall that he corrected a journalist in the movie, Patton, saying that they were ivory handled.

"Only a pimp in a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would wear pearl-handled revolvers."
---George S. Patton

29 posted on 12/20/2008 6:22:40 PM PST by Publius
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To: usmcobra

I remember the line. What a wit and mouth Patton must have had.


30 posted on 12/20/2008 6:23:33 PM PST by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: bruinbirdman

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...


31 posted on 12/20/2008 6:24:54 PM PST by piytar
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To: buwaya

Your right. I remember that movie and this sounds exactly like the plot from that movie


32 posted on 12/20/2008 6:25:32 PM PST by skimask (Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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To: buwaya

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.


33 posted on 12/20/2008 6:27:00 PM PST by DemforBush (Millions of conservatives have got your back, Sarah!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Watch the movie “Brass Target”, same plot and method to kill Patton. Is this true or a vivid imagination?


34 posted on 12/20/2008 6:28:21 PM PST by Captain Peter Blood
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To: bruinbirdman

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.


35 posted on 12/20/2008 6:28:49 PM PST by yarddog
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To: bruinbirdman

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.

cheers


36 posted on 12/20/2008 6:29:14 PM PST by petro45acp (Hunkered down in occupied Virginia!)
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To: Leisler

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).


37 posted on 12/20/2008 6:29:23 PM PST by buwaya
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"but not too fast to hit the spine and not tear the skin, or puncture."

There's no allegation that the round did "not tear the skin, or puncture." And there was no autopsy on Patton's body.

"There is no way, out in the field, on a moving target, on a near elderly man that this would work."

Who said that he was moving immediately after the crash? And elderly bones break more easily.


38 posted on 12/20/2008 6:29:33 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), NG, '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote, http://falconparty.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

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.


39 posted on 12/20/2008 6:30:29 PM PST by alloysteel (Balkanization - perhaps one of the few remaining ways to preserve American ideals.)
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To: Publius

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..


40 posted on 12/20/2008 6:30:37 PM PST by GSP.FAN
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To: petro45acp

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.


41 posted on 12/20/2008 6:30:57 PM PST by buwaya
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Thanks! I think I have seen it.. ya never know, huh? :-]


42 posted on 12/20/2008 6:32:01 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: Texas Fossil

Rumors of this have floated for years.

This isn’t really news, just news to some people.


43 posted on 12/20/2008 6:32:05 PM PST by Eagle Eye (Libs- If you don't have to play the rules then neither do we...THINK ABOUT IT!)
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To: Leisler

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.

cheers


44 posted on 12/20/2008 6:32:11 PM PST by petro45acp (Hunkered down in occupied Virginia!)
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To: DemforBush

I don’t remember it being very good. Just memorable.


45 posted on 12/20/2008 6:32:18 PM PST by buwaya
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To: tired1
FDR wouldn’t allow such a thing.

FDR died in April. Patton died in December.

Doubtful FDR was involved.

46 posted on 12/20/2008 6:32:50 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: bruinbirdman

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


47 posted on 12/20/2008 6:33:19 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: Captain Peter Blood

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.


48 posted on 12/20/2008 6:33:59 PM PST by buwaya
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To: bruinbirdman
Patton was a great American Hero, a real man, never pandered to the politicos, and hated the Russians.

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.

49 posted on 12/20/2008 6:34:33 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Sounds like an interesting story.

50 posted on 12/20/2008 6:34:58 PM PST by smokingfrog (I'll go green when they plant me in the ground.)
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