Skip to comments.BOOK REVIEW: How did Patton die?
Posted on 10/07/2014 7:55:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
If you have read Killing Kennedy, author and TV commentator Bill O'Reilly reminds his readers, you know that Martin Dugard and I are not conspiracy theorists. We write from a factual point of view, with no axes to grind.
Thus, in the afterword of Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War IIs Most Audacious General Mr. O'Reilly seeks to assure those who have just read this most recent volume in the co-authored (with Mr. Dugard) killing series that their findings are simply facts, not hype.
Careful shoe-leather detective work buttressed by research, access to decades-old correspondence and never-before publicized interrogations of sources from around the world have combined to give readers Killing Patton.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
I hate to be the spoiler, but since O’Reilley keeps talking about it ( I just heard his interview at the Imus in the Morning drive time radio program ), this is what it is in a nutshell:
Patton was assassinated by Stalin’s minions because he was very close to convincing the powers that be to invade the USSR after the AXIS powers were defeated.
His death ended all that.
The problem with this theory is that Patton was not particularly popular in America and posed no threat to the establishment. Certainly much less so than MacArthur did during the Korean War.
IOW, I just don’t see any reason why Patton was important enough to justify killing him. He could be fired or “promoted” to a meaningless job in the Pentagon with zero political repercussions.
RE: especially after (arguably) the BEST military in the world (the German Army in 1941) has just failed ...
The best military? They were defeated by the allies and Hitler was a micro-manager.
Bush and Cheney did it.
Patton just wanted to run them out of Europe and not divide up the countries.
My husband is reading this right now and thoroughly enjoying it. He didn’t know a whole lot about Patton and he’s impressed. As far as O’Reilly’s other books, eh not a big fan.
In other words, they took on the world and came close to winning even though their leader was incompetent.
Clearly the Nazis were not the best military in the world. Yes, they had hardened brave troops. Yes, they had excellent military equipment. The political and military leadership was their Achilles Heel. Still to be the best requires all three.
In the end is there any argument that the US and Brittan had the best militaries?
I contend that both Germany and Japan had too small a military and limited natural resources to pull off such a grandiose scheme with so many far-flung fronts, which led the Nazis to adopt less than stellar allies and the Japs basically being terrorists.
Sorry, but the theory is ludicrous. The American people would have been almost unanimously opposed to such a war, and the soldiers would have been very difficult indeed to get motivated to fight another war after just winning one and thinking they're about to go home.
Also, the notion that defeating the Red Army was a realistic idea is pretty darn silly.
To be sure, we had The Bomb, but we had very few of them and wouldn't have a large number for quite some time.
Read a lot on Patton. But O’Reilly still thinks Kennedy was assassinated by Oswald.
People just have a tough time believing that "sh@t happens."
As for the comment about MacArthur and Patton vs. Ike, Eisenhower did a fantastic job of placating the Brits while making sure that everyone stayed on focus. And while MacArthur was exceptional, the greatest "general" of the Pacific in terms of casualties per # of men committed was an admiral, Nimitz, who had in his sector Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and yet still lost fewer men proportionally than did Mac.
I agree. I think we are all awaiting O’Blowhard’s next book, “Killing O’Reilly.”
Bingo. And especially when the Brits and French and what was left of the other allied “armies” were not going to fight one minute more.
He was. There is ZERO evidence that anyone other than Oswald killed him.
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