All America fell in love with Patton after the movie, starring George C. Scott…of course the movie gave a Hollywood lean to history which is not necessarily accurate.
I remember that after the movie there was a made-for-TV movie about the death of Patton…..that he may not have died in a car wreck.
the mysterious death of George S. Patton, Jr., one of the most famous generals in U.S. military history. The life of George Patton was brought to the big screen in the blockbuster 1970 movie Patton, starring George C. Scott, which told his story to a mass audience. Another movie based on the circumstances surrounding the death of Patton was Brass Target, based on Frederick Nolan’s novel The Algonquin Project. The theme of Brass Target is that there was a vast conspiracy to kill Patton, part of which was the auto accident that he was involved in after the war.
Well, it seems that the movie, circa mid to late 70’s, may have been working from some “real” facts…..
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.
I am fascinated by these types of stories….conspiracy theories are always interesting to see how people can take given info and turn into something more.
A disgraced FOX News anchor O’Reilly wants the case of the death of Patton re-opened….
Bill O’Reilly, the opinionated host of The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News, is about to shake up the world of history with his latest bold claim — that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ordered the assassination of Gen. George S. Patton.
“We found compelling evidence,” O’Reilly says. Readers can decide for themselves with the publication of Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General (Henry Holt), co-written with Martin Dugard.
Of course O’Reilly was trying to sell books….but he may have an idea….should the case of the death of Patton be re-opened?