The Death Of Gen. Patton

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.

http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/was-george-s-patton-murdered-new-light-on-an-old-conspiracy/

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/3869117/General-George-S.-Patton-was-assassinated-to-silence-his-criticism-of-allied-war-leaders-claims-new-book.html

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.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2014/09/22/bill-oreilly-killing-pattton-martin-dugard/15828297/

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?

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16 thoughts on “The Death Of Gen. Patton

  1. As I recall from the movie, The Death of Patton.. starred George Kennedy, and the theory used in that film was “someone” using a special projectile that looked like a piece of his vehicle broken off from something to mask in the wreckage. The projectile was to be fired from some weapon and to strike Patton in the head or neck at the moment, or closely after, his vehicle struck the other vehicle; any wound appearing as if he sustained a collision with something in the car from blunt force.
    Contrary to most conservatives, I do not believe in grand conspiracy theories for the primary reason that the more people you get involved into it the least likely it will remain a secret forever. If it doesn’t end up in a tell-all biography or death bed confession someone will inevitably spill the beans to a relative who will reveal it to some research historian a decade later. A one or two person conspiracy I can believe; any more makes the plot risky to conceal. Human nature. I do NOT believe the medical staff could have all been sworn to secrecy about some “real” condition that he was healing just fine and heading home.

    The sequel.. The Last Days Of Patton, where George C. Scott resurrects his old role, was less about the accident itself.. which seems entirely plausible as indeed just an accident, and more about his declining health until he died… with much speculation of his personal mindset and thoughts as he declined.

    BUT.. if some historian or student of history wants to devote time and effort into proving something was not right involving his death… go for it. Given Patton’s place in history at the time of his death was not all that important it’s not likely anyone will be able to extrapolate some opinion that had Patton lived Obama would have never been president. Although, it might be fun to surmise if Obama would never have been president neither would Trump.
    Now THAT in itself brings forth a concept to pause and consider. Given what we know now would we have been willing to sacrifice an Obama presidency to avoid a Trump presidency? I would in a heartbeat.

      1. You are correct! Your memory is better than mine. 🙂 I recalled that as I read it. Sad.. I only saw that movie once when it was first broadcast.. I think it was a TV movie… and why do I remember this crap?

  2. Huh–didn’t know there was a conspiracy theory about his death–if that were the case, why didn’t they do it and let him go out in a blaze of glory during the war like he always seemed to want to do, especially since he couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

    I have mixed feelings about Patton and his image in history. I’m sure he’d be interesting conversation regarding history, but I still wouldn’t wanna hang out with him for lunch or anything if I had a time machine. Some things about his temperament and his worldview didn’t leave a great impression as someone I’d like to meet.

    1. “The question of whether world peace will ever be possible can only be answered by someone familiar with world history. To be familiar with world history means, however, to know human beings as they have been and always will be. There is a vast difference, which most people will never comprehend, between viewing future history as it will be and viewing it as one might like it to be. Peace is a desire, war is a fact; and history has never paid heed to human desires and ideals …”
      ― Oswald Spengler ~

      “The common man wants nothing of life but health, longevity, amusement, comfort — “happiness.” He who does not despise this should turn his eyes from world history, for it contains nothing of the sort. The best that history has created is great suffering.”
      ~ Oswald Spengler~

    2. “a pacifist ideal is a terminal condition that is contrary to the basic facts of existence. As long as man continues to evolve, there will be wars…”
      So best learn history 😉
      Oh,& not the victors ‘version’ of it…..

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