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General Patton

American legend: General George Patton - Stories, feats and the controversy.
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Why General Patton Clashed With Montgomery During World War II
The rivalry between Bernard Montgomery and George S. Patton became heated during Operation Husky, the campaign to liberate Sicily.

Diaries of John J. Pershing and George S. Patton Now Online
The Library of Congress has recently placed online the diaries, notebooks and address books of John J. Pershing, commander-in-chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, and the diaries of George S. Patton, a tank commander in World War I and a U.S. Army general in World War II. Pershing`s digitized diaries, notebooks and address books describe his command of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I and his postwar service as army chief of staff until 1925. Patton`s diaries, 1910-1945, illustrate his activities during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, World War I and World War II.

U.S. General Patton`s gold pocket watch sells for $137,000
A gold pocket watch that once belonged to U.S. military war hero General George S. Patton Jr. is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on October 29, 2015. The watch, 1909 Five Minute Repeater by Patek Philippe, fetched $137,000 at auction in New York.. The watch remained for eight decades in the family of the late general, who commanded the Seventh U.S. Army in the Mediterranean and Europe during World War Two. After Patton`s death in 1945, the watch was handed down through several generations.

Revolver owned by legendary WW2 General George S. Patton fetches $75,000 at auction
A Colt .45 revolver once owned by General George S. Patton sold for $75,000 at auction in Los Angeles. Profiles in History, which conducted the auction, had expected the working firearm to fetch over $60,000. The Colt .45 Model 1873 single-action revolver with distinctive stag horn grip was acquired by the famous WWII general in 1928. The gun, owned by Patton until his death in 1945, is considered to be a version of his famous ivory-handled Colt. 45, which is on display at The General George Patton Museum and Center of Leadership in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

WWII photos taken by General Patton shown at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
A program featuring photographs taken by General George S. Patton, Jr. will be held Nov. 11 at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. General Patton is known as a warrior, leader, fighter - but a photographer? Throughout WWII Patton carried a camera with him on the battlefields of North Africa, Sicily and Europe. He snapped away at anything that caught his eye: destroyed tanks, men on the move, captured enemy, or ancient ruins. He sent the pictures home to his wife who filled 11 photo albums, which were donated by to the Library of Congress in the early 1990s. When Kevin Hymel discovered them in 1996, he published a selection in book "Patton's Photographs: War as He Saw It."

Patton's jeep driver Francis Sanza recalls how Patton burned all the money a Red Cross canteen had earned
During preparations for the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France, Lt. Gen. Patton scrutinized Francis Sanza's credentials - he had driven one of the first Jeep prototypes - and chose him as one of his drivers. Consequently, Sanza drove a jeep with three stars on the side from D-Day until the end of the war in Europe in May of 1945.

During the Battle of the Bulge, Patton told him they could stop at a Red Cross canteen near Bastogne. When Patton ordered his snack, the young woman serving him said: "General, you don't have to pay." He shot back: "But you're charging my boys?" Patton asked to see the money the canteen had collected, and when the woman handed over a crate full of bills, Patton took a cigarette lighter and set fire to one franc note, then dropped it into the crate.


OSS agent Douglas Bazata and CIC agent Stephen J. Skubik claim Patton was assassinated
On December 9, 1945, General George S. Patton Jr., a fierce critic of the Soviets, was en route to a hunting trip when he was in a very minor crash - nobody was even slightly injured, except Patton, whose prognosis was bad: they expected him to die. In a little over a week, defying all the odds, he was fit enough to be readied for an exhausting trans-Atlantic flight. Then, strangely, within 24 hours Patton was dead.

Roland Sluder - who was Patton's bodyguard for 8 months - recalls living in Nazi leaders' houses
In Bavaria many GIs stayed in Nazi leaders' houses: Roland Sluder seized photos from Heinrich Himmler's home, where he slept, while the basement of Patton's bungalow housed a pistol range. The GIs were tasked with destroying Nazi uniforms, flags and propaganda: "We had a huge bonfire right at Patton's front door."

Patton 360° series follows General George S. Patton and his units from 1942 to 1945
Patton 360° is a mix of historical footage, photos, and eyewitness accounts, joined with busy editing and fancy CGI animation. It's easy to be put off by the MTV-style visuals, but for the most part the show is praiseworthy - and it is genuinely different than other WWII series. In 10 episodes, General Patton's major WWII campaigns are explored in detail - but this is not a giography, although excerpts from Patton's diaries and letters are used. Patton's failures, such as his ego-driven clashes with Bernard Montgomery, Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, and the incident when he slapped two soldiers, are covered.

Book claims: diaries of a highly decorated OSS agent reveal a plot to kill Patton
The diaries of an OSS assassin reveal that US spy chiefs wanted General Patton dead because he wanted to expose allied agreement with the Russians that cost American lives. The death of Patton in Dec 1945, is one of the great WWII mysteries. Although he had suffered injuries in a car crash, he was recovering and on the verge of flying home. But Robert Wilcox claims in Target Patton that OSS head "Wild Bill" Donovan ordered Douglas Bazata (4 purple hearts, a DSC and 3 French Croix de Guerres) to silence Patton. Diaries reveal how he set up the car crash by getting a troop truck to run into Patton's car and then shot the general with a low-velocity projectile.

Was general Patton, surrouned by Nazis at the time, a victim of an assassination
General George S. Patton died Dec. 21, 1945 due to complications of a broken neck that he got 11 days earlier in a minor car accident. The rumor was that Patton was killed due to his wish to join forces with Germany and attack the Soviet Union - he openly said that the Allies had defeated "the wrong enemy." In 1945 Patton was surrounded by Nazis: Nazi colonel Baron von Wangenheim was his daily companion, and man named Brehm (later id'd as an agent of the Nazi secret service SD) became a part of his inner circle. In 1979 American OSS agent Douglas Bazata revealed (passing a polygraph machine test) that he was requested by OSS head Bill Donovan to kill Patton.

World War II veteran remembers serving with General Patton
Most Americans are familiar with General George S. Patton, but Bob Presser knew him well, as he served in the Third Army under the famous military leader. He said that George C. Scott’s portrayal of the general in the 1970 movie "Patton" was almost an accurate rendering, just a bit milder than reality. His unit was abruptly called to service during training at Camp Butner: "We hadn’t even finished with training when they said, ‘OK guys, we’re going overseas.’" What they found was a deadly battle on Omaha Beach on D-Day on June 6, 1944. He survived the Normandy invasion to face the German 5th Panzer Army during the siege of Bastogne in the winter of 1944-1945.

What General George S. Patton achieved was 'monumental'   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Though General George S. Patton Jr. is known for a rough profanity-spewing, flamboyant image, his greatest accomplishments were as a trainer of troops. His development of the Desert Training Center is a testimony to his training abilities - as is the gallant performance of the troops who went through the facility, said retired Army Lt. Col. Carlo D'Este. He's a noted World War II historian whose books include the biography "Patton: A Genius for War." During WWI, Patton built and trained the U.S. Tank Corps from scratch in France, "when he was the only one who knew what an armored tank was."

WWII Luftwaffe pilot Klaus Gerlach - "Thank God for General Patton"
Klaus Gerlach, a fighter pilot in Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe who shot down 13 planes and who was shot down 3 times himself, died at 83. In first 2 crashes, he escaped serious injury, but in 1945 he crash-landed his Focke-Wulf 190 fighter. Knocked out when the plane's radio rammed his head, he was pulled from the wreckage by farmers and taken to a military hospital. When he came out of a coma, Gerlach found that Americans under Gen. George Patton had taken over. He often said "Thank God for General Patton!" He was credited with flying 250 missions, and awarded the Iron Cross medal. "Once you stayed alive through 50 missions, you knew something about air-to-air combat."

General Patton ID stolen - Vintage heirloom valued around $20,000
In a plastic container on the top shelf of her closet, a woman had been keeping a piece of military history. But several days ago she realized that someone had come into her home and stolen the military id card the War Department issued to Gen. George S. Patton Jr. in 1941. She had recently been contacting auction houses to determine the value of the ID, however she never gave out her address. Letters of Patton’s have been sold for $20,000, and the ID would probably be worth much more. Nicknamed "Old Blood and Guts" Patton was known for carrying pistols with ivory handles and regarded as one of the most successful U.S. field commanders.

Whose Nuremberg Laws are they: Patton looted violating his own orders   (Article no longer available from the original source)
One of the most important documents of the 20th century is in LA, on view for all to visit. How the Nuremberg Laws came to California in the possession of Gen. George S. Patton, who left them to reside first at the Huntington Museum and Library and now at the Skirball, is a story explored in the book, "Bloodlines: Recovering Hitler's Nuremberg Laws From Patton's Trophy to Public Memorial" by Anthony M. Platt and Cecilia E. O'Leary. The Nuremberg Laws consist of 3 directives: (1) The Reich Flag Law made the swastika the national symbol, and prohibited Jews from hoisting the flag. It was signed by Adolf Hitler, Interior Minister Frick and Gen. Werner von Blomberg.

Joseph D. Rosevich, general George S. Patton Jr.'s secretary, died
Joseph D. Rosevich, whose shorthand skills propelled him to a position as General George S. Patton Jr.'s secretary during the controversial general's World War Two service, died at 92. From Feb. 15, 1942, when he was summoned to Patton's office at Fort Benning as a private, until June 3, 1945, he was within earshot of Patton at almost all times. Rosevich said, the public Patton was quite different than the private Patton. The 4-letter words, the pearl-handled guns, the shiny boots, the show of medals: all were part of Patton's public persona. "Privately, he wasn't like that at all. He was a reserved man, I'd almost say a shy man."

Sharing a Bottle With General George S. Patton
One day Sgt. Marvin Cook and his men find a crock of wine, and took the chance to taste it. "Damn good stuff. We were so happy to find it and pass it around that we didn't notice the jeep until it was too late. My heart fell plumb to my stomach when we saw the flag on that jeep. The flag of a General Officer named George S. Patton." -- Patton: "What the hell are you men doing? The goddam Germans are that way." -- Cook: "Sorry, General. We were just having a quick smoke and talking about going home, sir." -- Patton: "Home? Why you ignorant *** are going to get killed standing here gawking! What the hell is that *** hiding behind his back?"

WWII vehicles retrace Patton's route from D-Day Utah beach
A convoy of World War II military vehicles has set off from D-Day Utah Beach to retrace the steps of the Allied forces. Some 250 Americans, Britons, Canadians, French and Belgians mounted original WWII-era trucks and other vehicles for the 713-mile tour through Normandy and northern France. The trip started Monday and wraps up July 23 at a ceremony at General George S. Patton's tomb at the American military cemetery. The path follows the itinerary of General Patton's famous Third Army. One veteran is taking part: Belgian Maurice Sperandieu, who joined Patton's force as a teenager during the Liberation.

Who owns war loot of Gen. George Patton and Allied leaders?
Huntington's display: Original copies of the three Nuremberg Laws, signed by Hitler, including the infamous Blood Law of the Third Reich. The claim to ownership of the documents rests on the fact that they were a gift from Gen. George Patton. But the documents are war loot, a prize that wasn't his to take or give, and a piece of history whose own history needs to be cleaned up. Collecting battlefield trophies was common during WWII on all sides. Former President Hoover had a man in Germany seeking documents for him. Rabbi Judah Nadich, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower's advisor, took home a couple of Joseph Goebbels's swords. But Patton acquired more than most people.

Patton: Black soldiers cannot fight - ended up needing them   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Laurel, James B. Jones joined the U.S. Army and became a part of one of the few black combat units fighting Nazis shortly after the June 6, 1944, D-Day landings at Normandy. The German POWs were treated better than black soldiers: "They could ride on buses and were accepted much more quickly than we were." Gen. George S. Patton who lost so many tanks trying to break out of Normandy during the weeks following the invasion, ended up calling up the all-black tank battalion, 761st. This was despite the outspoken general's earlier assertion that black soldiers couldn't fight.