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Patton On Communism
And The  Jews
 
General Patton's Warning
 
Edited by Raquel Baranow
 
 
At the end of World War II, one of America's top military leaders
accurately assessed the shift in the balance of world power which that war
had produced and foresaw the enormous danger of communist aggression
against the West. Alone among U.S. leaders he warned that America
should act immediately, while her supremacy was unchallengeable, to end
that danger. Unfortunately, his warning went unheeded, and he was
quickly silenced by a convenient "accident" which took his life.
 
Thirty-two years ago, in the terrible summer of 1945, the U.S. Army had
just completed the destruction of Europe and had set up a government of
military occupation amid the ruins to rule the starving Germans and deal
out victors' justice to the vanquished. General George S. Patton,
commander of the U.S. Third Army, became military governor of the
greater portion of the American occupation zone of Germany.
 
It was only in the final days of the war and during his tenure as military
governor of Germany -- after he had gotten to know both the Germans
and America's "gallant Soviet allies" -- that Patton's understanding of the
true situation grew and his opinions changed. In his diary and in many
letters to his family, friends, various military colleagues, and government
officials, he expressed his new understanding and his apprehensions for
the future. His diary and his letters were published in 1974 by the
Houghton Mifflin Company under the title The Patton Papers.
 
Several months before the end of the war, General Patton had recognized
the fearful danger to the West posed by the Soviet Union, and he had
disagreed bitterly with the orders which he had been given to hold back
his army and wait for the Red Army to occupy vast stretches of German,
Czech, Rumanian, Hungarian, and Yugoslav territory, which the
Americans could have easily taken instead.
 
On May 7, 1945, just before the German capitulation, Patton had a
conference in Austria with U.S. Secretary of War Robert Patterson. Patton
was gravely concerned over the Soviet failure to respect the demarcation
lines separating the Soviet and American occupation zones. He was also
alarmed by plans in Washington for the immediate partial demobilization
of the U.S. Army.
 
Patton said to Patterson: "Let's keep our boots polished, bayonets
sharpened, and present a picture of force and strength to the Red Army.
This is the only language they understand and respect."
Patterson replied, "Oh, George, you have been so close to this thing so
long, you have lost sight of the big picture."
 
Patton rejoined:
 
"I understand the situation. Their (the Soviet) supply system is inadequate
to maintain them in a serious action such as I could put to them. They
have chickens in the coop and cattle on the hoof -- that's their supply
system. They could probably maintain themselves in the type of fighting I
could give them for five days. After that it would make no difference how
many million men they have, and if you wanted Moscow I could give it to
you. They lived on the land coming down. There is insufficient left for
them to maintain themselves going back. Let's not give them time to build
up their supplies. If we do, then . . . we have had a victory over the
Germans and disarmed them, but we have failed in the liberation of
Europe; we have lost the war!"
 
Patton's urgent and prophetic advice went unheeded by Patterson and the
other politicians and only served to give warning about Patton's feelings
to the alien conspirators behind the scenes in New York, Washington, and
Moscow.
 
The more he saw of the Soviets, the stronger Patton's conviction grew
that the proper course of action would be to stifle communism then and
there, while the chance existed. Later in May 1945 he attended several
meetings and social affairs with top Red Army officers, and he evaluated
them carefully.
 
He noted in his diary on May 14:
 
"I have never seen in any army at any time, including the German
Imperial Army of 1912, as severe discipline as exists in the Russian army.
The officers, with few exceptions, give the appearance of recently
civilized Mongolian bandits."
 
And Patton's aide, General Hobart Gay, noted in his own journal for May 14:
 
"Everything they (the Russians) did impressed one with the idea of
virility and cruelty."
 
Nevertheless, Patton knew that the Americans could whip the Reds then
-- but perhaps not later.
 
On May 18 he noted in his diary:
 
"In my opinion, the American Army as it now exists could beat the
Russians with the greatest of ease, because, while the Russians have good
infantry, they are lacking in artillery, air, tanks, and in the knowledge of
the use of the combined arms, whereas we excel in all three of these. If it
should be necessary to fight the Russians, the sooner we do it the better."
 
Two days later he repeated his concern when he wrote his wife:
 
"If we have to fight them, now is the time. From now on we will get weaker and
they stronger."
 
Having immediately recognized the Soviet danger and urged a course of
action which would have freed all of eastern Europe from the communist
yoke with the expenditure of far less American blood than was spilled in
Korea and Vietnam and would have obviated both those later wars not to
mention World War III -- Patton next came to appreciate the true nature of
the people for whom World War II was fought: the Jews.
 
Most of the Jews swarming over Germany immediately after the war
came from Poland and Russia, and Patton found their personal habits
shockingly uncivilized.
 
He was disgusted by their behavior in the camps for Displaced Persons
(DP's) which the Americans built for them and even more disgusted by
the way they behaved when they were housed in German hospitals and
private homes. He observed with horror that "these people do not
understand toilets and refuse to use them except as repositories for tin
cans, garbage, and refuse . . . They decline, where practicable, to use
latrines, preferring to relieve themselves on the floor."
 
He described in his diary one DP camp,
 
"where, although room existed, the Jews were crowded together to an
appalling extent, and in practically every room there was a pile of garbage
in one corner which was also used as a latrine. The Jews were only forced
to desist from their nastiness and clean up the mess by the threat of the
butt ends of rifles. Of course, I know the expression 'lost tribes of Israel'
applied to the tribes which disappeared -- not to the tribe of Judah from
which the current sons of bitches are descended. However, it is my
personal opinion that this too is a lost tribe -- lost to all decency."
 
Patton's initial impressions of the Jews were not improved when he
attended a Jewish religious service at Eisenhower's insistence. His diary
entry for September 17, 1945, reads in part:
 
"This happened to be the feast of Yom Kippur, so they were all collected
in a large, wooden building, which they called a synagogue. It behooved
General Eisenhower to make a speech to them. We entered the
synagogue, which was packed with the greatest stinking bunch of
humanity I have ever seen. When we got about halfway up, the head
rabbi, who was dressed in a fur hat similar to that worn by Henry VIII of
England and in a surplice heavily embroidered and very filthy, came 
down and met the General . . . The smell was so terrible that I almost
fainted and actually about three hours later lost my lunch as the result of
remembering it."
 
These experiences and a great many others firmly convinced Patton that
the Jews were an especially unsavory variety of creature and hardly
deserving of all the official concern the American government was
bestowing on them.
 
Another September diary entry, following a demand from Washington
that more German housing be turned over to Jews, summed up his
feelings:
 
"Evidently the virus started by Morgenthau and Baruch of a Semitic
revenge against all Germans is still working. Harrison (a U.S. State
Department official) and his associates indicate that they feel German
civilians should be removed from houses for the purpose of housing
Displaced Persons. There are two errors in this assumption. First, when
we remove an individual German we punish an individual German, while
the punishment is -- not intended for the individual but for the race.
Furthermore, it is against my Anglo-Saxon conscience to remove a person
from a house, which is a punishment, without due process of law. In the
second place, Harrison and his ilk believe that the Displaced Person is a
human being, which he is not, and this applies particularly to the Jews,
who are lower than animals."
 
One of the strongest factors in straightening out General Patton's thinking
on the conquered Germans was the behavior of America's controlled news
media toward them. At a press conference in Regensburg, Germany, on
May 8, 1945, immediately after Germany's surrender, Patton was asked
whether he planned to treat captured SS troops differently from other
German POW's. His answer was:
 
"No. SS means no more in Germany than being a Democrat in America --
that is not to be quoted. I mean by that that initially the SS people were
special sons of bitches, but as the war progressed they ran out of sons of
bitches and then they put anybody in there. Some of the top SS men will
be treated as criminals, but there is no reason for trying someone who was
drafted into this outfit . . ."
 
Despite Patton's request that his remark not be quoted, the press eagerly
seized on it, and Jews and their front men in America screamed in outrage
over Patton's comparison of the SS and the Democratic Party as well as 
over his announced intention of treating most SS prisoners humanely.
 
With great reluctance, and only after repeated promptings from
Eisenhower, he had thrown German families out of their homes to make
room for more than a million Jewish DP's -- part of the famous "six
million" who had supposedly been gassed -- but he balked when ordered
to begin blowing up German factories, in accord with the infamous
Morgenthau Plan to destroy Germany's economic basis forever.
 
In his diary he wrote:
 
"I doubted the expediency of blowing up factories, because the ends for
which the factories are being blown up -- that is, preventing Germany
from preparing for war -- can be equally well attained through the
destruction of their machinery, while the buildings can be used to house
thousands of homeless persons."
 
Similarly, he expressed his doubts to his military colleagues about the
overwhelming emphasis being placed on the persecution of every German
who had formerly been a member of the National Socialist party.
 
In a letter to his wife of September 14, 1945, he said:
 
"I am frankly opposed to this war criminal stuff. It is not cricket and is
Semitic. I am also opposed to sending POW's to work as slaves in foreign
lands (i.e., the Soviet Union's Gulags), where many will be starved to
death."
 
Despite his disagreement with official policy, Patton followed the rules
laid down by Morgenthau and others back in Washington as closely as his
conscience would allow, but he tried to moderate the effect, and this
brought him into increasing conflict with Eisenhower and the other
politically ambitious generals.
 
In another letter to his wife he commented:
 
"I have been at Frankfurt for a civil government conference. If what we
are doing (to the Germans) is 'Liberty, then give me death.' I can't see how
Americans can sink so low. It is Semitic, and I am sure of it."
 
And in his diary he noted:,
 
"Today we received orders . . . in which we were told to give the Jews
special accommodations. If for Jews, why not Catholics, Mormons,
etc? . . . We are also turning over to the French several hundred thousand
prisoners of war to be used as slave labor in France. It is amusing to recall
that we fought the Revolution in defense of the rights of man and the
Civil War to abolish slavery and have now gone back on both principles."
 
His duties as military governor took Patton to all parts of Germany and 
intimately acquainted him with the German people and their condition.
He could not help but compare them with the French, the Italians, the
Belgians, and even the British. This comparison gradually forced him to
the conclusion that World War II had been fought against the wrong
people.
 
After a visit to ruined Berlin, he wrote his wife on July 21, 1945:
 
"Berlin gave me the blues. We have destroyed what could have been a good
race,and we are about to replace them with Mongolian savages. And all
Europe will be communist. It's said that for the first week after they took
it (Berlin), all women who ran were shot and those who did not were
raped. I could have taken it (instead of the Soviets) had I been allowed."
 
This conviction, that the politicians had used him and the U.S. Army for a
criminal purpose, grew in the following weeks. During a dinner with
French General Alphonse Juin in August, Patton was surprised to find the
Frenchman in agreement with him.
 
His diary entry for August 18 quotesGen. Juin:
 
"It is indeed unfortunate, mon General, that the English and
the Americans have destroyed in Europe the only sound country -- and I
do not mean France. Therefore, the road is now open for the advent of
Russian communism."
 
Later diary entries and letters to his wife reiterate this same conclusion.
On August 31 he wrote:
 
"Actually, the Germans are the only decent
people left in Europe. it's a choice between them and the Russians. I
prefer the Germans."
 
And on September 2: "What we are doing is to
destroy the only semi-modern state in Europe, so that Russia can swallow
the whole."
 
 
By this time the Morgenthauists and media monopolists had decided that
Patton was incorrigible and must be discredited. So they began a non-stop
hounding of him in the press, a la Watergate, accusing him of being "soft
on Nazis" and continually recalling an incident in which he had slapped a
shirker two years previously, during the Sicily campaign. A New York
newspaper printed the completely false claim that when Patton had
slapped the soldier who was Jewish, he had called him a "yellow-bellied
Jew."
 
Then, in a press conference on September 22, reporters hatched a scheme
to needle Patton into losing his temper and making statements which
could be used against him. The scheme worked. The press interpreted one
of Patton's answers to their insistent questions as to why he was not
pressing the Nazi-hunt hard enough as:
 
"The Nazi thing is just like a Democrat-Republican fight."
 
The New York Times headlined this quote,
and other papers all across America picked it up.
The unmistakable hatred which had been directed at him during this press
conference finally opened Patton's eyes fully as to what was afoot.
 
In his diary that night lie wrote:
 
"There is a very apparent Semitic influence in the press. They are trying
to do two things: first, implement communism, and second, see that all
businessmen of German ancestry and non-Jewish antecedents are thrown
out of their jobs."
 
"They have utterly lost the Anglo-Saxon conception of justice and feel
that a man can be kicked out because somebody else says he is a Nazi.
They were evidently quite shocked when I told them I would kick nobody
out without the successful proof of guilt before a court of law" . . .
 
"Another point which the press harped on was the fact that we were doing
too much for the Germans to the detriment of the DP's, most of whom are
Jews. I could not give the answer to that one, because the answer is that,
in my opinion and that of most nonpolitical officers, it is vitally necessary
for us to build Germany up now as a buffer state against Russia. In fact, I
am afraid we have waited too long."
 
And in a letter of the same date to his wife:
 
"I will probably be in the headlines before you get this, as the press
is trying to quote me as being more interested in restoring order in
Germany than in catching Nazis. I can't tell them the truth that unless
we restore Germany we will insurethat communism takes America."
 
Eisenhower responded immediately to the press outcry against Patton and
made the decision to relieve him of his duties as military governor and
"kick him upstairs" as the commander of the Fifteenth Army.
 
In a letter to his wife on September 29, Patton indicated that he was, in a way, not
unhappy with his new assignment, because "I would like it much better
than being a sort of executioner to the best race in Europe."
 
On October 22 he wrote a long letter to Maj. Gen. James G. Harbord,
who was back in the States. In the letter Patton bitterly condemned the
Morgenthau policy; Eisenhower's pusillanimous behavior in the face of
Jewish demands; the strong pro-Soviet bias in the press; and the
politicization, corruption, degradation, and demoralization of the U.S.
Army which these things were causing.
 
He saw the demoralization of the Army as a deliberate goal of America's enemies:
 
"I have been just as furious as you at the compilation of lies which the
communist and Semitic elements of our government have leveled against
me and practically every other commander. In my opinion it is a
deliberate attempt to alienate the soldier vote from the commanders,
because the communists know that soldiers are not communistic, and they
fear what eleven million votes (of veterans) would do."
 
In his letter to Harbord, Patton also revealed his own plans to fight those
who were destroying the morale and integrity of the Army and
endangering America's future by not opposing the growing Soviet might:
 
"It is my present thought . . . that when I finish this job, which will be
around the first of the year, I shall resign, not retire, because if I retire I
will still have a gag in my mouth . . . I should not start a limited
counterattack, which would be contrary to my military theories, but
should wait until I can start an all- out offensive . . .
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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[Above: General George Patton]
 
  • George Smith Patton, Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was one of the most famous Generals in American history. He commanded the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of World War II, he was most well-known for his command of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany in June of 1944 following the Allied invasion of Normandy. His enthusiasm for battle earned the valued General the nickname 'Old Blood and Guts'.
    After the war, when Germany came under Allied occupation, General Patton became the military governor of Bavaria. He didn't like what he saw. The Allies were not treating the Germans properly. He became outspoken about the wrongs he was witnessing and being forced to commit against them.
     
    But this wasn't the first inkling that Patton felt that something sordid was happening. His bloodied army of veterans were denied securing both Prague and Berlin. Instead the glory of occupying these two capitals was given to Stalin. He and his men felt betrayed.
     
  • After Patton visited Berlin and saw the devastation and ruins, he wrote his wife on July 21, 1945:

    'Berlin gave me the blues. We have destroyed what could have been a good race, and we are about to replace them with Mongolian savages. And all Europe will be communist. It's said that for the first week after they took it (Berlin), all women who ran were shot and those who did not were raped. I could have taken it (instead of the Soviets) had I been allowed.'
  • On August 18th Patton quotes Gen. Juin in his diary entry:
    'It is indeed unfortunate, mon General, that the English and the Americans have destroyed in Europe the only sound country -- and I do not mean France. Therefore, the road is now open for the advent of Russian communism.'
  • On August 31, 1945, Patton wrote to his wife:
    'The stuff in the papers about fraternization is all wet. All that sort of writing is done by Jews to get revenge. Actually, the Germans are the only decent people left in Europe. It's a choice between them and the Russians. I prefer the Germans.'
  • Patton noted this in his diary on August 31, 1946:
    'I also wrote a letter to the Secretary of War, Mr. Stimson on the questions of pro-Jewish influence in the Military Government of Germany.'
  • On September 2nd he wrote:
    'What we are doing is to destroy the only semi-modern state in Europe, so that Russia can swallow the whole.'
  • In a letter to his wife of September 14, 1945, he said:
    'I am frankly opposed to this war criminal stuff. It is not cricket and is Semitic. I am also opposed to sending POW's to work as slaves in foreign lands (i.e., the Soviet Union's Gulags), where many will be starved to death.'
  • On September 22, 1945 Patton told reporters that he did not see the need for 'this denazification thing'.
  • On Sept. 29, 1945, Patton wrote to his wife:
    'The noise against me is only the means by which the Jews and Communists are attempting and with good success to implement a further dismemberment of Germany.'
  • In another letter Patton wrote to his wife, he said
    'I have been at Frankfurt for a civil government conference. If what we are doing (to the Germans) is "Liberty, then give me death" I can't see how Americans can sink so low. It is Semitic, and I am sure of it.'
  • In his diary he noted:
    'Today we received orders . . . in which we were told to give the Jews special accommodations. If for Jews, why not Catholics, Mormons, etc? . . . We are also turning over to the French several hundred thousand prisoners of war to be used as slave labor in France. It is amusing to recall that we fought the Revolution in defense of the rights of man and the Civil War to abolish slavery and have now gone back on both principles.'
    [Above: General George Patton]
  • Later diary entries and letters to his wife showed the distress Patton felt about what his country was responsible for:
    'They have utterly lost the Anglo-Saxon conception of justice and feel that a man can be kicked out because somebody else says he is a Nazi. They were evidently quite shocked when I told them I would kick nobody out without the successful proof of guilt before a court of law.'
  • In a letter to his wife he wrote:
    'I will probably be in the headlines before you get this, as the press is trying to quote me as being more interested in restoring order in Germany than in catching Nazis. I can't tell them the truth that unless we restore Germany we will insure that communism takes America.'
    'There is a very apparent Semitic influence in the press. They are trying to do two things: first, implement communism, and second, see that all businessmen of German ancestry and non-Jewish antecedents are thrown out of their jobs.'
    'Another point which the press harped on was the fact that we were doing too much for the Germans to the detriment of the DP's [displaced persons], most of whom are Jews. I could not give the answer to that one, because the answer is that, in my opinion and that of most nonpolitical officers, it is vitally necessary for us to build Germany up now as a buffer state against Russia. In fact, I am afraid we have waited too long.'
    Eisenhower was quick to punish Patton for stating his beliefs and relieved him as military governor of Bavaria and assigned him as the commander of the Fifteenth Army.
  • In a letter to his wife on September 29, Patton said that he was, in a way, not upset about his new assignment, saying:
    'I would like it much better than being a sort of executioner to the best race in Europe.'
  • In his October 22, 1945 letter to Maj. Gen. James G. Harbord, Patton revealed his plans for the future. This extraordinary man planned on throwing his superb career to the wind and fighting the tyrants that destroyed Adolf Hitler's Germany:
    'I have been just as furious as you at the compilation of lies which the communist and Semitic elements of our government have leveled against me and practically every other commander. In my opinion it is a deliberate attempt to alienate the soldier vote from the commanders, because the communists know that soldiers are not communistic, and they fear what eleven million votes (of veterans) would do.'
    'It is my present thought... that when I finish this job, which will be around the first of the year, I shall resign, not retire, because if I retire I will still have a gag in my mouth... I should not start a limited counterattack, which would be contrary to my military theories, but should wait until I can start an all-out offensive...'
    [Above: General George Patton]
    George Smith Patton, Jr. died in a car 'accident' on December 21, 1945 in Heidelberg, Germany. The official story is that the car he was riding in was involved in a low speed collision with a truck. All three of the other people in the accident were only slightly injured while Patton struck his head and was paralyzed from the neck down. He spent 12 days in a coma before passing away from pulmonary edema and congestive heart failure.
    The official story is questioned by many historians. Patton was questioning what the Allies were doing in Germany and he had considerable influence. He could have caused a lot of trouble for them. The possibility that Patton was assassinated by his own government is very plausible. There are many questions involving his death. As the historian Veronica Clark said in a 2014 interview we did with her:
    'Wilcox [the author of 'Target: Patton: The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton'] asks these questions, among others:
    What happened to the five accident reports? They disappeared.
    Why wasn’t an autopsy performed on a four-star general?
    Why did Thompson, the truck driver, mysteriously disappear from Germany?
    What happened to Patton’s Cadillac?
    Why was Patton, one of three crash victims, the only one injured?
    Patton was nearly killed in a number of strange incidents. He was warned that he was on a “hit list” and even told his family that he didn’t “expect to leave Europe alive.”'
    A year after Patton's death his wife Beatrice died one week after announcing she would release hundreds of Patton's personal papers regarding the war. She died in a freak horse riding accident, breaking her neck. Quite a coincidence eh?
    [Above: The green grave of a hero]
  • Patton Assassinated to Suppress His Criticism of Post-War Policy

    By Russ Winter

     

    Before his death in 1999, an OSS special agent openly talked about his role in incapacitating Gen. George S. Patton (1885-1945) via a staged automobile fender bender on Dec. 9, 1945. Using the pandemonium of the traffic collision as a distraction, agent Douglas DeWitt Bazata sniped Patton in the neck with a specially made gun firing a non-piercing bolt. Patton survived the incident with a dislocation of a vertebrae and never knew what hit him.

     

    Major Gen. William J. Donovan, head of the OSS
     

    The government assassin first publicly confessed his guilt in the plot decades ago in front of a journalist at an OSS reunion dinner in D.C. Later, Bazata also confessed his role to author Robert K. Wilcox, who wrote the book “Target Patton.” Wilcox’s cousin and researcher Tim Wilcox discusses the circumstances in the video below. Bazata was an active special agent and assassin during and after WWII.

     

    The assassin recounted that OSS Chief William Donovan had personally ordered the killing on the grounds that Patton had “gone crazy” and was becoming a major threat to American national interests.

     

    A newspaper that also carried an interview claimed that it had “a professional analyst subject Bazata’s interview to the rigors of a content analysis using a Psychological Stress Evaluator (P.S.E.) His report: Bazata gives no evidence of lying.” More details can be gleaned in this article.

     


    On Dec. 9, 1945, a truck swerved in front of Patton’s limo. It was driven by a corporal who then disappeared. Patton survived with a dislocation of vertebrae from Bazata’s weapon and was taken to a hospital in more distant Heidelberg rather than in nearby Mannheim.

     

    As Patton was recovering, he held a press conference and declared he was going home. Then, he was injected or poisoned in the hospital and died suddenly on Dec. 21, 1945. There is a backstory that NKVD agents got to him, but that wouldn’t have been necessary.

     

    Bazata claimed that he knows who killed him, and that Patton was killed by a dose of cyanide in the hospital. No autopsy was done, which is highly suspicious. Bazata went on to say that he met an unidentified man whom he knew only as a “Pole” (Polish extraction), who was also ordered to kill Patton.

     

    Several official reports were produced regarding the exact circumstances of the very strange traffic accident said to be responsible for his death, but all of these reports have completely disappeared from U.S. government files. The medical reports disappeared, and archival records are strangely scrubbed.

     

    Weak link in story? Patton stopped en route at a Roman ruin located on a hill along the roadside. Bazata put a jam into the window of Patton’s auto that would leave a four inch gap for a shot to the target. There are very few images of the limo online and now no accident reports either. However this one is of interest. It shows a white colored tag sticking out of the window, door area where Patton was seated. The window itself is blurry, but you can see some interior detail. Was this window indeed partially open – thus confirming Bazata’s claim?

    Plenty of Motive for Assassination: George Patton’s Interpretive Framework

     

    Patton had planned to write his memoirs, illustrating that eastern Europe was tossed to the Soviet Union. The reason for the hit on Patton were his views put forth on Oct. 22, 1945, in a long letter to Maj. Gen. James G. Harbord. Once the powers that be realized Patton would retire and be outspoken, the plan was put into place. This “car accident” took place shortly before his scheduled departure home, and he had narrowly escaped death twice before under very strange circumstances.

     

    In the letter, Patton had bitterly condemned the Morgenthau policy; Eisenhower’s pusillanimous behavior in the face of Jewish demands; the strong pro-Soviet bias in the press; and the politicization, corruption, degradation and the demoralization of the U.S. Army, from this bad policy. He saw this as a deliberate goal of America’s enemies.

     

    I have been just as furious as you at the compilation of lies which the communist and Semitic elements of our government have leveled against me and practically every other commander. In my opinion it is a deliberate attempt to alienate the soldier vote from the commanders, because the communists know that soldiers are not communistic, and they fear what eleven million votes (of veterans) would do.”

     

    In his letter to Harbord, Patton also revealed his own plans to fight an “all-out offensive” against those who were destroying the morale and integrity of the Army and endangering America’s future by not opposing the growing Soviet might.

     

    It is my present thought … that when I finish this job, which will be around the first of the year, I shall resign, not retire, because if I retire I will still have a gag in my mouth … I should not start a limited counterattack, which would be contrary to my military theories, but should wait until I can start an all-out offensive …”

     

    Several months before the end of the war, Patton recognized the fearful danger to the West posed by the Soviet Union, and he had disagreed bitterly with the orders given to him in April and May, 1945 to hold back his army and wait for the Red Army to occupy vast stretches of German, Czech, Rumanian, Hungarian and Yugoslav territory, which the Americans could have easily taken instead.

     

    The most notorious incident allegedly happened toward the end of May, when an English-speaking Russian brigadier general arrived at Patton’s headquarters to demand that some river boats on the Danube that had contained Germans who had surrendered to the Third Army be returned to the Russians. Patton opened a drawer, pulled out a pistol, slammed it down on his desk and raged, “Goddamnit! Get this son-of-a-bitch out of here! Who in hell let him in? Don’t let any more Russian bastards into this headquarters.”

     

    On July 21, he wrote to Beatrice, “We have destroyed what could have been a good race and we [are] about to replace them with Mongolian savages. Now the horrors of peace, pacifism and unions will have unlimited sway. I wish I were young enough to fight in the next one [war]. It would be real fun killing Mongols …. It is hell to be old and passé and know it.”

     

    Then, he was highly critical of the post-war occupation policy in Germany.

     

    The noise against me is only the means by which the Jews and Communists are attempting and with good success to implement a further dismemberment of Germany. I think that if I resigned as I threatened to do yesterday, it would simply discredit me to no purpose.

     

    We promised the Europeans freedom. It would be worse than dishonorable not to see that they have it. This might mean war with the Russians, but what of it? They have no air force, and their gasoline and ammunition supplies are low. I’ve seen their miserable supply trains; mostly wagons drawn by beaten up old horses or oxen. I’ll say this; the Third Army alone and with damned few casualties, could lick what is left of the Russians in six weeks. You mark my words. Don’t ever forget them. Someday we will have to fight them and it will take six years and cost us six million lives. [As quoted in the book “The Unknown Patton” (1983) by Charles M. Province, p. 100]

     

    Other notable quotes illustrate his frame mind.

     

    No one gives a damn how well Bavaria is run. All they are interested in now is how well it is ruined. [Letter to Beatrice (29 September 1945), published in “The Patton Papers” (1996), edited by Martin Blumenson]

     


     

    Evidently the virus started by Morgenthau and Baruch of a Semitic revenge against all Germans is still working. Harrison (a U.S. State Department official) and his associates indicate that they feel German civilians should be removed from houses for the purpose of housing Displaced Persons. There are two errors in this assumption. First, when we remove an individual German we punish an individual German, while the punishment is — not intended for the individual but for the race. Furthermore, it is against my Anglo-Saxon conscience to remove a person from a house, which is a punishment, without due process of law.

     

    There were also running conflicts about the treatment of Axis POWs. Patton was countering abuses. Additionally Patton was furious that Americans from POW facilities in Soviet hands had not been immediately returned per agreement.

     

    With great reluctance and only after repeated promptings from Eisenhower, he had thrown German families out of their homes to make room for more than a million DPs, but he balked when ordered to begin blowing up German factories in accord with the infamous Morgenthau Plan to destroy Germany’s economic base forever.

     

    In his diary he wrote:

    I doubted the expediency of blowing up factories, because the ends for which the factories are being blown up — that is, preventing Germany from preparing for war — can be equally well attained through the destruction of their machinery, while the buildings can be used to house thousands of homeless persons.

     

    In a letter to his wife of September 14, 1945, he wrote:

    I am frankly opposed to this war criminal stuff. It is not cricket and is Semitic. I am also opposed to sending POW’s to work as slaves in foreign lands (i.e., the Soviet Union’s Gulags), where many will be starved to death. I have been at Frankfurt for a civil government conference. If what we are doing (to the Germans) is ‘Liberty, then give me death.’ I can’t see how Americans can sink so low. It is Semitic, and I am sure of it.

     

    On July 21, 1945:

    Berlin gave me the blues. We have destroyed what could have been a good race, and we are about to replace them with Mongolian savages. And all Europe will be communist. It’s said that for the first week after they took it (Berlin), all women who ran were shot and those who did not were raped. I could have taken it (instead of the Soviets) had I been allowed.

     

    On August 31 he wrote:

    Actually, the Germans are the only decent people left in Europe. It’s a choice between them and the Russians. I prefer the Germans.

     

    And on September 2:

    What we are doing is to destroy the only semi-modern state in Europe, so that Russia can swallow the whole.

     

    Morgenthauists and media monopolists had decided that Patton was incorrigible and must be discredited. So they began a non-stop hounding of him in the press, accusing him of being “soft on Nazis”, Patton’s response:

     

    There is a very apparent Semitic influence in the press. They are trying to do two things: first, implement communism, and second, see that all businessmen of German ancestry and non-Jewish antecedents are thrown out of their jobs.

     

     

     

    Click on this text to see: Gen George Patton On Jews And Germans...





    PATTON’S MURDER

    Of the 740,000 German POWs, I mean Disarmed Enemy
    Forces, which were handed over as forced slave laborers
    to France in the fall of 1945, most barely weighed 100
    pounds. Further starvation caused mass deaths of German
    slaves in France, and German slave deaths in Soviet
    controlled areas were so extreme that it prompted
    General George S. Patton to comment in his diary
    ​:​


    ​"​
    I’m also opposed to sending [German] POWs to
    work as slaves in foreign lands (in particular, to
    France) where many will be starved to death. It is
    amusing to recall that we fought the [American]
    revolution in defense of the rights of man, and the
    Civil War to abolish slavery, and now have gone
    back on both principles.
    ​"​


    General Patton wrote a lot of things in his diary that are
    not widely known... such as this September 17, 1945
    entry:

    ​"​
    The virus started by Morgenthau and Baruch
    against all Germans is Semitic revenge. Now I’m
    being ordered to remove German civilians from
    their homes for the purpose of housing displaced
    persons. It appears that this order is to punish the
    German race and not individual Germans. It is
    against my Anglo-Saxon conscience to remove a
    person from his house without due process of the
    law.
    ​"​


    Most of these displaced persons were Jews and Patton
    did not personally think much of them as a race. He was
    also considered to be “soft on Nazis” which caused him
    to be smeared in the Jewish controlled press. The war
    hero often expressed grave misgivings regarding the
    harsh treatment of Germans by the allies and freely urged
    the creation of a strong Germany to counter the advances
    of Soviet Russia into Eastern Europe.

    If you ever wondered how and why the slapping of a
    soldier
    ​ (who was Jewish)​
    in a field hospital incident became headlines...
    now you know. It was a matter of Jewish vindictiveness.

    Furthermore, there are many savvy Americans who
    believe that Patton was actually murdered because of his
    beliefs and attitudes. He had sealed his fate when he
    publicly linked Communists and Jews (a link that could
    not be more accurate).

    Although Patton’s military file at the National Archives
    in St. Louis has over 1,300 pages of documents, only a
    few are devoted to the post-war car crash that killed him
    and five separate on-the-scene military-police reports
    related to the car crash disappeared shortly after being
    archived.

    Patton’s demise began on December 9, 1945 as he was
    setting out for a pheasant hunting excursion near
    Mannheim, Germany. His chauffeured Cadillac staff car
    collided with a two-ton Army truck. Patton suffered a
    neck injury but it was not of a serious nature, while his
    driver and his hunting buddy and chief of staff, General
    Hap Gay, walked away uninjured.

    On the way to the hospital, Patton’s emergency rescue
    vehicle was AGAIN struck by a two-ton Army truck; this
    time Patton’s injuries were serious but not life-
    threatening.

    Neither of the two Army truck drivers were detained or
    questioned. The driver of the first truck to collide with
    Patton’s staff car, Robert L. Thompson, was quickly
    whisked away to London and became somehow
    unavailable for questioning. It was later revealed that
    Thompson was not authorized to drive a two-ton Army
    vehicle and no explanation was ever offered for the
    presence of two mysterious passengers in the truck with
    him.

    When finally at a hospital, Patton was able to contact his
    wife in the U.S. and sincerely urged her to have him
    removed from that particular hospital because, “They’re
    going to kill me here!” ...and they evidently did.

    On December, 21, 1945, General George S. Patton was
    pronounced dead as the result of an embolism. An
    embolism being a bubble of air that is fatal if it reaches a
    vital organ. An embolism can be introduced into the
    bloodstream by a syringe, or intravenous feeding and
    medication.

    Not only did the Army not investigate the automobile
    “accident” incident, but there was no autopsy performed,
    and his remains were never returned to America.

    Patton once said, “I have a little black book in my pocket
    and when I get back home I’m going to blow the hell out
    of everything.” The little black book disappeared at the
    hospital where he died.

    Many high-ranking American military personnel
    including, O.S.S. Director General “Wild Bill Donovan,
    were very sympathetic to the plight of Jews and believed
    Patton to be a loose cannon. FDR’s confidant, lawyer
    ​,​

    speech writer and Jew, Judge Samuel Irving Rosenman,
    and General Donovan were quite chummy. Donovan was
    even Rosenman’s go to guy between the White House
    and the American judges at the Nuremberg trials.


    _____________________________________________________________________________________



    At the end of World War II, one of America's top military leaders accurately assessed the shift in the balance of world power which that war had produced and foresaw the enormous danger of communist aggression against the West. Alone among U.S. leaders he warned that America should act immediately, while her supremacy was unchallengeable, to end that danger. Unfortunately, his warning went unheeded, and he was quickly silenced by a convenient "accident" which took his life.

    Thirty-two years ago, in the terrible summer of 1945, the U.S. Army had just completed the destruction of Europe and had set up a government of military occupation amid the ruins to rule the starving Germans and deal out victors' justice to the vanquished. General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. Third Army, became military governor of the greater portion of the American occupation zone of Germany.

    It was only in the final days of the war and during his tenure as military governor of Germany -- after he had gotten to know both the Germans and America's "gallant Soviet allies" -- that Patton's understanding of the true situation grew and his opinions changed. In his diary and in many letters to his family, friends, various military colleagues, and government officials, he expressed his new understanding and his apprehensions for the future. His diary and his letters were published in 1974 by the Houghton Mifflin Company under the title The Patton Papers.

    Several months before the end of the war, General Patton had recognized the fearful danger to the West posed by the Soviet Union, and he had disagreed bitterly with the orders which he had been given to hold back his army and wait for the Red Army to occupy vast stretches of German, Czech, Rumanian, Hungarian, and Yugoslav territory, which the Americans could have easily taken instead.

    On May 7, 1945, just before the German capitulation, Patton had a conference in Austria with U.S. Secretary of War Robert Patterson. Patton was gravely concerned over the Soviet failure to respect the demarcation lines separating the Soviet and American occupation zones. He was also alarmed by plans in Washington for the immediate partial demobilization of the U.S. Army.

    Patton said to Patterson: "Let's keep our boots polished, bayonets sharpened, and present a picture of force and strength to the Red Army. This is the only language they understand and respect."

    Patterson replied, "Oh, George, you have been so close to this thing so long, you have lost sight of the big picture."

    Patton rejoined:

    "I understand the situation. Their (the Soviet) supply system is inadequate to maintain them in a serious action such as I could put to them. They have chickens in the coop and cattle on the hoof -- that's their supply system. They could probably maintain themselves in the type of fighting I could give them for five days. After that it would make no difference how many million men they have, and if you wanted Moscow I could give it to you. They lived on the land coming down. There is insufficient left for them to maintain themselves going back. Let's not give them time to build up their supplies. If we do, then . . . we have had a victory over the Germans and disarmed them, but we have failed in the liberation of Europe; we have lost the war!"
     

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    ​PATTON Part 2​
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Patton's urgent and prophetic advice went unheeded by Patterson and the other politicians and only served to give warning about Patton's feelings to the alien conspirators behind the scenes in New York, Washington, and Moscow.

    The more he saw of the Soviets, the stronger Patton's conviction grew that the proper course of action would be to stifle communism then and there, while the chance existed. Later in May 1945 he attended several meetings and social affairs with top Red Army officers, and he evaluated them carefully. He noted in his diary on May 14:

    "I have never seen in any army at any time, including the German Imperial Army of 1912, as severe discipline as exists in the Russian army. The officers, with few exceptions, give the appearance of recently civilized Mongolian bandits."

    And Patton's aide, General Hobart Gay, noted in his own journal for May 14: "Everything they (the Russians) did impressed one with the idea of virility and cruelty."

    Nevertheless, Patton knew that the Americans could whip the Reds then -- but perhaps not later. On May 18 he noted in his diary:

    "In my opinion, the American Army as it now exists could beat the Russians with the greatest of ease, because, while the Russians have good infantry, they are lacking in artillery, air, tanks, and in the knowledge of the use of the combined arms, whereas we excel in all three of these. If it should be necessary to fight the Russians, the sooner we do it the better."

    Two days later he repeated his concern when he wrote his wife: "If we have to fight them, now is the time. From now on we will get weaker and they stronger."

    Having immediately recognized the Soviet danger and urged a course of action which would have freed all of eastern Europe from the communist yoke with the expenditure of far less American blood than was spilled in Korea and Vietnam and would have obviated both those later wars not to mention World War III -- Patton next came to appreciate the true nature of the people for whom World War II was fought: the Jews.

    Most of the Jews swarming over Germany immediately after the war came from Poland and Russia, and Patton found their personal habits shockingly uncivilized.

    He was disgusted by their behavior in the camps for Displaced Persons (DP's) which the Americans built for them and even more disgusted by the way they behaved when they were housed in German hospitals and private homes. He observed with horror that "these people do not understand toilets and refuse to use them except as repositories for tin cans, garbage, and refuse . . . They decline, where practicable, to use latrines, preferring to relieve themselves on the floor."


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    ​PATTON Part 3​
     


    He described in his diary one DP camp,

    "where, although room existed, the Jews were crowded together to an appalling extent, and in practically every room there was a pile of garbage in one corner which was also used as a latrine. The Jews were only forced to desist from their nastiness and clean up the mess by the threat of the butt ends of rifles. Of course, I know the expression 'lost tribes of Israel' applied to the tribes which disappeared -- not to the tribe of Judah from which the current sons of bitches are descended. However, it is my personal opinion that this too is a lost tribe -- lost to all decency."

    Patton's initial impressions of the Jews were not improved when he attended a Jewish religious service at Eisenhower's insistence. His diary entry for September 17, 1945, reads in part:

    "This happened to be the feast of Yom Kippur, so they were all collected in a large, wooden building, which they called a synagogue. It behooved General Eisenhower to make a speech to them. We entered the synagogue, which was packed with the greatest stinking bunch of humanity I have ever seen. When we got about halfway up, the head rabbi, who was dressed in a fur hat similar to that worn by Henry VIII of England and in a surplice heavily embroidered and very filthy, came down and met the General . . . The smell was so terrible that I almost fainted and actually about three hours later lost my lunch as the result of remembering it."

    These experiences and a great many others firmly convinced Patton that the Jews were an especially unsavory variety of creature and hardly deserving of all the official concern the American government was bestowing on them.

    Another September diary entry, following a demand from Washington that more German housing be turned over to Jews, summed up his feelings:

    "Evidently the virus started by Morgenthau and Baruch of a Semitic revenge against all Germans is still working. Harrison (a U.S. State Department official) and his associates indicate that they feel German civilians should be removed from houses for the purpose of housing Displaced Persons. There are two errors in this assumption. First, when we remove an individual German we punish an individual German, while the punishment is -- not intended for the individual but for the race.

    Furthermore, it is against my Anglo-Saxon conscience to remove a person from a house, which is a punishment, without due process of law. In the second place, Harrison and his ilk believe that the Displaced Person is a human being, which he is not, and this applies particularly to the Jews, who are lower than animals."

    One of the strongest factors in straightening out General Patton's thinking on the conquered Germans was the behavior of America's controlled news media toward them. At a press conference in Regensburg, Germany, on May 8, 1945, immediately after Germany's surrender, Patton was asked whether he planned to treat captured SS troops differently from other German POW's. His answer was:

    "No. SS means no more in Germany than being a Democrat in America -- that is not to be quoted. I mean by that that initially the SS people were special sons of bitches, but as the war progressed they ran out of sons of bitches and then they put anybody in there. Some of the top SS men will be treated as criminals, but there is no reason for trying someone who was drafted into this outfit . . ."

    Despite Patton's request that his remark not be quoted, the press eagerly seized on it, and Jews and their front men in America screamed in outrage over Patton's comparison of the SS and the Democratic Party as well as over his announced intention of treating most SS prisoners humanely.

    With great reluctance, and only after repeated promptings from Eisenhower, he had thrown German families out of their homes to make room for more than a million Jewish DP's -- part of the famous "six million" who had supposedly been gassed -- but he balked when ordered to begin blowing up German factories, in accord with the infamous Morgenthau Plan to destroy Germany's economic basis forever. In his diary he wrote:

    "I doubted the expediency of blowing up factories, because the ends for which the factories are being blown up -- that is, preventing Germany from preparing for war -- can be equally well attained through the destruction of their machinery, while the buildings can be used to house thousands of homeless persons."
     
    ______
    ​PATTON Part 4​
    Similarly, he expressed his doubts to his military colleagues about the overwhelming emphasis being placed on the persecution of every German who had formerly been a member of the National Socialist party. In a letter to his wife of September 14, 1945, he said:

    "I am frankly opposed to this war criminal stuff. It is not cricket and is Semitic. I am also opposed to sending POW's to work as slaves in foreign lands (i.e., the Soviet Union's Gulags), where many will be starved to death."

    Despite his disagreement with official policy, Patton followed the rules laid down by Morgenthau and others back in Washington as closely as his conscience would allow, but he tried to moderate the effect, and this brought him into increasing conflict with Eisenhower and the other politically ambitious generals. In another letter to his wife he commented:

    "I have been at Frankfurt for a civil government conference. If what we are doing (to the Germans) is 'Liberty, then give me death.' I can't see how Americans can sink so low. It is Semitic, and I am sure of it."

    And in his diary he noted:,

    "Today we received orders . . . in which we were told to give the Jews special accommodations. If for Jews, why not Catholics, Mormons, etc? . . . We are also turning over to the French several hundred thousand prisoners of war to be used as slave labor in France. It is amusing to recall that we fought the Revolution in defense of the rights of man and the Civil War to abolish slavery and have now gone back on both principles."

    His duties as military governor took Patton to all parts of Germany and intimately acquainted him with the German people and their condition. He could not help but compare them with the French, the Italians, the Belgians, and even the British. This comparison gradually forced him to the conclusion that World War II had been fought against the wrong people.

    After a visit to ruined Berlin, he wrote his wife on July 21, 1945: "Berlin gave me the blues. We have destroyed what could have been a good race, and we are about to replace them with Mongolian savages. And all Europe will be communist. It's said that for the first week after they took it (Berlin), all women who ran were shot and those who did not were raped. I could have taken it (instead of the Soviets) had I been allowed."

    This conviction, that the politicians had used him and the U.S. Army for a criminal purpose, grew in the following weeks. During a dinner with French General Alphonse Juin in August, Patton was surprised to find the Frenchman in agreement with him. His diary entry for August 18 quotes Gen. Juin: "It is indeed unfortunate, mon General, that the English and the Americans have destroyed in Europe the only sound country -- and I do not mean France. Therefore, the road is now open for the advent of Russian communism."

    Later diary entries and letters to his wife reiterate this same conclusion. On August 31 he wrote: "Actually, the Germans are the only decent people left in Europe. it's a choice between them and the Russians. I prefer the Germans." And on September 2: "What we are doing is to destroy the only semi-modern state in Europe, so that Russia can swallow the whole."


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    ​PATTON Part 5​



    By this time the Morgenthauists and media monopolists had decided that Patton was incorrigible and must be discredited. So they began a non-stop hounding of him in the press, a la Watergate, accusing him of being "soft on Nazis" and continually recalling an incident in which he had slapped a shirker two years previously, during the Sicily campaign. A New York newspaper printed the completely false claim that when Patton had slapped the soldier who was Jewish, he had called him a "yellow-bellied Jew."

    Then, in a press conference on September 22, reporters hatched a scheme to needle Patton into losing his temper and making statements which could be used against him. The scheme worked. The press interpreted one of Patton's answers to their insistent questions as to why he was not pressing the Nazi-hunt hard enough as: "The Nazi thing is just like a Democrat-Republican fight." The New York Times headlined this quote, and other papers all across America picked it up.

    The unmistakable hatred which had been directed at him during this press conference finally opened Patton's eyes fully as to what was afoot. In his diary that night lie wrote:

    "There is a very apparent Semitic influence in the press. They are trying to do two things: first, implement communism, and second, see that all businessmen of German ancestry and non-Jewish antecedents are thrown out of their jobs.

    "They have utterly lost the Anglo-Saxon conception of justice and feel that a man can be kicked out because somebody else says he is a Nazi. They were evidently quite shocked when I told them I would kick nobody out without the successful proof of guilt before a court of law . . .

    "Another point which the press harped on was the fact that we were doing too much for the Germans to the detriment of the DP's, most of whom are Jews. I could not give the answer to that one, because the answer is that, in my opinion and that of most nonpolitical officers, it is vitally necessary for us to build Germany up now as a buffer state against Russia. In fact, I am afraid we have waited too long."
    And in a letter of the same date to his wife: "I will probably be in the headlines before you get this, as the press is trying to quote me as being more interested in restoring order in Germany than in catching Nazis. I can't tell them the truth that unless we restore Germany we will insure that communism takes America."

    Eisenhower responded immediately to the press outcry against Patton and made the decision to relieve him of his duties as military governor and "kick him upstairs" as the commander of the Fifteenth Army. In a letter to his wife on September 29, Patton indicated that he was, in a way, not unhappy with his new assignment, because "I would like it much better than being a sort of executioner to the best race in Europe."

    On October 22 he wrote a long letter to Maj. Gen. James G. Harbord, who was back in the States. In the letter Patton bitterly condemned the Morgenthau policy; Eisenhower's pusillanimous behavior in the face of Jewish demands; the strong pro-Soviet bias in the press; and the politicization, corruption, degradation, and demoralization of the U.S. Army which these things were causing.

    He saw the demoralization of the Army as a deliberate goal of America's enemies:

    "I have been just as furious as you at the compilation of lies which the communist and Semitic elements of our government have leveled against me and practically every other commander. In my opinion it is a deliberate attempt to alienate the soldier vote from the commanders, because the communists know that soldiers are not communistic, and they fear what eleven million votes (of veterans) would do."
     
    In his letter to Harbord, Patton also revealed his own plans to fight those who were destroying the morale and integrity of the Army and endangering America's future by not opposing the growing Soviet might:
     
    "It is my present thought . . . that when I finish this job, which will be around the first of the year, I shall resign, not retire, because if I retire I will still have a gag in my mouth . . . I should not start a limited counterattack, which would be contrary to my military theories, but should wait until I can start an all- out offensive . . . ."
     

    In his letter to Harbord, Patton also revealed his own plans to fight those who were destroying the morale and integrity of the Army and endangering America's future by not opposing the growing Soviet might:

    "It is my present thought . . . that when I finish this job, which will be around the first of the year, I shall resign, not retire, because if I retire I will still have a gag in my mouth . . . I should not start a limited counterattack, which would be contrary to my military theories, but should wait until I can start an all- out offensive . . . ."


    As Secretary of State, former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General George C. Marshall strongly opposed recognizing the state of Israel. Marshall felt that if the state of Israel was declared that a war would break out in the Middle East (which it did in 1948 one day after Israel declared independence). Marshall saw recognizing the Jewish state as a political move to gain Jewish support in the upcoming election, in which Truman was expected to lose to Dewey. He told President Truman in May 1948, "If you (recognize the state of Israel) and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you."

    Of course, the war that began the day after the so called United Nations recognized Israel as a state rages to this very day in many countries to one degree or another.

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    How accurate is the movie Patton?

     
     
     
     

    "Patton" is a biopic of one of America’s greatest generals in World War II. The motion picture portrays the role of General George S. Patton, the most famous Allies tank commander of WW II. It concentrates on Patton’s career from 1942 to 1945. The movie begins with Patton's career during the North Africa campaign and his battle with Rommel, the Desert Fox.

     

    It then follows his part in the invasion of Sicily, his disgrace for striking a soldier and his role in the liberation of Europe after the D-Day landings and his role in the fall of the Third Reich. The feature also briefly deals with his role in post-war Germany and his death in an accidental car crash in the winter of 1945.

     

    The movie shows the strengths and weakness of this challenging and brilliant man. The movie Patton was released in 1970 during the midst of the Vietnam War. When it was released, it was both a critical and financial success. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, the movie was scripted by Francis Ford Coppola of Godfather fame and Edward Hill. [1] Twentieth Century Fox produced the film. The role of Patton was played by the American character actor George C Scott. The movie was enthusiastically received by both the public and the critics and won several Academy Awards. The film fairly accurately reflects the reality of Patton’s role in the defeat of Germany.

     

    Patton and the opening Speech

     

    The movie has one of the most memorable opening scenes in Hollywood history. George C. Scott emerges as Patton and gives a remarkable speech in front of a huge banner of the Stars and Stripes. The opening scene was written by Francis Ford Coppola and was not intended to be in the final cut of the movie, But, the director had second thoughts and luckily left it in. The speech of Patton was a unique blend of patriotism, nobility, and crudities.

     

    However, Patton never gave such a speech. It would be wrong to state that the speech was just a fabrication. Coppola cleverly took quotes from Patton’s speeches and interviews and combined them in a brilliant way.[2] The words in the speech are Patton’s apart from some lines used by the screenwriter to integrate the quotes into a coherent speech. The result was one of the most outstanding introductions in movie history, but strictly speaking, Patton never gave this speech.

     

    Patton in North Africa

    One of the uniforms worn by George C Scott during Patton
     
     

    The movie after the opening credits shows the aftermath of a terrible American defeat in Kasserine Pass in Tunisia. Rommel had ruthlessly exposed the weakness and lack of experience of the Americans and inflicted a severe setback. Over 2000 American G.I.s died in the disaster. We first see Patton inspecting the battlefield after his appointment as commander. Patton was a great admirer of Rommel, and he studied his work and tactics. The movie correctly shows how the American general based his strategy against Rommel on the Desert Fox’s ideas.

     

    The 1970 feature shows Patton reforming the army units that were defeated at Kasserine Pass and imposing strict discipline on the soldiers. He was a stickler when it came to the rules and regulations. His attention to detail had a powerful impact on the G.Is. Patton did manage to transform them into a formidable fighting force. In the next battle, they did manage to defeat the Germans under Rommel. This victory was critical because it showed their allies that America could beat the Germans on their own.[3]

     

    However, the part played by Patton in the allied victory over the Afrika Korps is overstated. It took until 1943 for the allies to wear the Germans down in Tunisia. Patton did not play the decisive role in the Allied victory even though both the movie and Patton implied otherwise.

     

    Patton in Sicily

    Patton in 1944
     

    The film does accurately relate the leading role played by Patton in the liberation of Sicily. His daring use of armor was crucial in the defeat of the German army on the island. The movie does show Patton being motivated by the desire to do better than General Montgomery, the victor at El Alamein. There was a great personal rivalry between the two men. They were both driven and wildly ambitious. The movie suggests that the rivalry between Montgomery and Patton was a feature of the Sicilian campaign and was perhaps a factor in why it ended so quickly with a decisive Allied victory. The rivalry was not as intense as the motion picture suggests and the two men worked together when needed for the good of the Allied cause.[4]

     

    The movie shows Patton after visiting the wounded seeing a shell-shocked soldier. The G.I. was unable to continue fighting and had been sent behind the lines for treatment. Patton is outraged when he sees the soldier who does not have any physical wounds and is assumed by him to be a malingerer, and he verbally and physically assaults him. When a reporter saw this it was widely publicized in America and elsewhere.[5]

     

    After the incident, Patton's commander ordered to step down from his post, and he was not given a front-line posting for almost a year. However, what the movie failed to show was that Patton slapped two different soldiers who he accused of being cowards. The scene where Patton apologizes to the soldier was accurate. The movie accurately reflects Patton’s reaction to his disgrace in Sicily.

     

    The movie portrayal of Patton

     

    It is generally accepted that Patton or "Old Blood and Guts" as his men liked to call him was an outstanding soldier who possessed an oversized personality. Scott effectively captured the essence of the man and his many contradictions. Patton was a cultured man and believed in traditional values, yet he could also be crude and a bully.[6] The drive and the ambition of Patton are also brilliantly captured in the movie. He was a very ambitious man and believed that he was a great leader. Even from childhood, Patton believed that he was destined for greatness.

     

    The physical bravery of Patton is also shown several times in the movie. It also accurately portrays Patton's outspokenness and his love of publicity. Never shy to boast about his exploits, Patton was regularly in the papers and was a very well-known figure in America. The movie also traces the relationship between Patton and General Omar Bradley, and indeed the two men were close friends and colleagues. The film gets right many of the details of Patton’s life such as his pearl-handled revolvers and his white English bull terrier.[7] These were part of the public image of Old Blood and Guts, which he cultivated assiduously. The movie does catch the character of the General.

     

    Patton and the Phantom Army

    After his disgrace in Sicily, Patton was essentially sent out to pasture. Instead of being to the D-Day invastion he was placed in charge of the "Phantom Army.’ [8] In real life, Patton was placed in charge of a "phantom army" that was designed to deceive the Nazis concerning the location of the D-Day landings. Patton was part of an elaborate plan of misinformation that fooled the Germans into thinking that the invasion of Europe would happen at Calais and not in Normandy.

     

    This deception known as Operation Fortitude was very successful and helped to ensure that the D-Day Landings were a success. This is all accurate, and it shows Patton’s deep unhappiness at this time. He regarded his command of the Phantom Army as a humiliation and believed that he was being denied a share of the glory of D-Day. The movie also shows how desperate Patton was to return to combat despite General Dwight Eisenhower’s, the allied army’s Chief of Staff, doubts about his reliability. The film also shows Patton begging for his old position, but this was not the case. While he was a proud man, it had already been agreed that he would return to a front-line command role after D-Day.[9] The movie effectively portrays Patton's difficult personality.

     

    Paton and the Liberation of Europe

     

    Patton was appointed commander of the US Third Army a few weeks after Normandy. It was in this campaign that he displayed his greatest skills as a commander. The movie shows Patton brilliantly employing his tanks to break out of Normandy and allow the allied army to advance into the central plains of France and onwards to Paris. The movie captures Patton’s advance towards the German border and how the advance was halted because the 3rd army had run out of fuel. Patton's troops did run out of film and the movie accurately shows Patton's anger and frustration.[10]

     

    He truly believed that if he had been given more fuel that he could have ended the war in Europe much more quickly. The movie does not show Patton’s role in the Lorraine campaign on the German-French border. Here Patton defeated a counter-attack by a Panzer Army but was told that he could not advance into Germany. This order was a bitter disappointment to Patton as he once again believed that General Eisenhower was frustrating his efforts to bring the war in Europe to a swift conclusion. This crucial part of Patton’s story is not presented in the movie.

     

    The Battle of the Bulge was one of Patton’s and indeed the American army’s finest hours. The General led his units in a counterattack that was pivotal in driving the German counter-attack back. The role of Patton in the Battle is not exaggerated, and he played a significant role in the American victory. One famous scene in the movie is incorrect. We are shown Patton as praying for the weather to improve so that he and his men could receive air support to defeat the Nazis.[11] Patton ordered an army Chaplin to compose a prayer to ask God for clear weather. This order happened but it did not happen during the Battle of the Bulge but it was issuded during the 3rd Army’s campaign in Lorraine.

     

    Patton and Reincarnation

     

    One of the sub-themes in the movie was Patton’s belief in reincarnation. In one scene Patton is shown as visiting the battlefield of Zama where the Romans had defeated Hannibal. Patton is shown as sensing, that in a previous life he had fought in the battle, over 2000 years earlier. This visit with Bradley was highly unlikely. The belief in reincarnation is shown to be very important in Patton life’s and gave him a sense of purpose and a belief that he was a person apart. This was probably very important in the development of the mental outlook of Patton.[12]

     

    The movie also has a German intelligence officer whose duty it is to monitor Patton and to understand him, Steiger, as he is referred to in the movie. There was no such officer, and the character is a pure invention. The scriptwriters created this figure to expand upon the theme of reincarnation in the movie epic.

     

    How accurate was Patton?

     

    Hollywood and history usually do not mix. It is quite common for filmmakers to take a historical subject and to distort it for their purposes and to dumb- it down for entertainment purposes. In the case of Patton, there was no real attempt to distort the story of Patton. There are glaring inaccuracies such as Patton’s opening speech in the movie, but even this was based on his statements and captured the character of the man, something even acknowledged by the Generals’ family.

     

    Much of the details of his role in the defeat of Germany are true. The only real omission was the lack of focus on Patton’s Lorraine Campaign, where he distinguished himself. There are some exaggerations in the movie and some minor distortions such as in the weather-prayer scene. In general, the movie managed to produce a great overview portrayal of the character and career of an extraordinary American leader.

     

     

    The movie did not examine his anti-Semitism, his ambition to expose the Jewish exploitation of the USA, nor his murder.

     

     

     

    References


  • Cousins, Mark. The Story of Film: A Worldwide History (New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006), p. 213

  • Cousins, p. 214

  • D'Este, Carlo, Patton: A Genius for War (New York City: Harper Collins, 1995), p. 113

  • D’Este, p. 119

  • Lovelace, Alexander G. "The Image of a General: The Wartime Relationship between General George S. Patton Jr. and the American Media", Journalism History, 40 (no. 2 (Summer 2014)), pp. 108–120

  • Essame, H., Patton: A Study in Command (New York City: Scribner & Sons, 1995), p. 67

  • Essame, p. 203

  • D’Este, p. 2013

  • D’Este, p. 213

  • Essame, p. 203

  • Farago, Ladislas, Patton: Ordeal and Triumph (New York City: Ivan Sergeyevich Obolensky, 1964), p. 145

    1. Fargo, p. 213

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    History or Hollywood:

    1.  Patton did bring strict discipline to II Corps and did give a lot of fines for uniform violations.

    2.  The strafing incident occurred during a meeting with RAF officials, but Coningham was not there.  Patton did not have time to fire his pistols, but he did make the remark about decorating the Luftwaffe pilots.

    3.  Patton did believe in reincarnation, but probably did not visit the Zama battlefield with Bradley.

    4.  The Steiger character was a Hollywood invention, but a good one.

    5.  The Battle of El Qatar was substantially as depicted.  The movie does not show that Patton was almost killed by a shell that hit where he had just been.  The death of Jenkins was close, but there was no funeral like in the movie.

    6.  The movie overdoes the race with Monty to Messina.  In fact the movie consistently exaggerates the animosity between the men although Patton had a tendency to demonize Monty in his imagination.  The confrontation with Truscott over the risky landing was true and the landing was almost a disaster (which the movie glosses over).  The arrival of the British army in Messina and its subsequent embarrassment is pure Hollywood.

    7.  The killing of the mules blocking the road did happen.

    8.  The slapping incident is well done including the dialogue.  The movie actually depicts the second of two slapping incidents.  The apologies did occur.

    9.  He did have a bull terrier named Willie.

    10.  The Knutsford Incident where he got in trouble for a speech to British ladies was basically true except that he did mention the Russians.  The press left that part out and this got Patton in hot water with Ike.

    11.  The movie has Patton visiting Bradley in Normandy and begging for command of the Third Army.  That is pure bull shit as Ike had always planned for Patton to be in command of that army for the Normandy breakout and Patton was not kept in the dark.

    12.  Patton had actually begun to plan for the Battle of Bulge shift a couple of weeks before the meeting at Verdun.  Ike was at that meeting, but not in the movie.

    13.  The weather prayer was originally to stop rain during the Lorraine campaign.

    14.  Patton’s comments about denazification were accurate .
     
     
    15. Refusing to drink with the Russian General is fiction.
     

     

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