Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General is a book based on the actual events and of the last moments about the life of General Patton. His bold and controversial actions in the war made him so popular not only by the troops but by the world as well. General Patton as a historical figure is shrouded by his mysterious death. What is even controversial is that some veterans claimed that he died in a Jeep rather than a limo crashed by a truck! Did General Patton die because of an accident but because he was assassinated?
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Readers’ Review on Killing Patton
There are no less than a half-dozen theories about General Patton’s death and countless books on the subject, so where does In Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly fit in? Much of the same ground that has already been crossed before: from Josef Stalin to “Wild Bill” Donovan and Douglas Bazata, an OSS operative whose story has been discredited and debunked, O’Reilly’s book seems to follow many of the threads in Robert Wilcox’s 2010 book Target: Patton — The Plot to Assassinate General George S. Patton. But this book has plenty to offer.
O’Reilly and his editors do a decent job of tying in much of the history preceding Patton’s death and attempts to find every angle on Patton’s death. However, all it has ever been found to be was a tragic and unfortunate accident between a truck and Patton’s limo. Nonetheless the mysterious death of one of our most high-profile generals is a hard thing to ignore.
If anything, the book, as many of O’Reilly’s other ones in the Killing series, serves as a general historical overview piece, albeit one with mystery and intrigue laced into it in attempts to keep the reader engaged. Though it is styled to be a work of nonfiction, it sensationalizes a contoversial ending of a greater-than-life individual who was both idolized and rankled by the people, military, and government.
A good casual read if you have read and like O’Reilly’s Killing series books. Note there are plenty other books too, for those who are into finding out more about Patton’s history and the conspiracy theory books on his death will have to look somewhere else.
General G.S. Patton’s life and times were pretty well defined for many decades based on the book Courage & Valor, and the related Oscar winning award movie “Patton” starring G. C. Scott, and the lesser known movie “Patton’s last days’. That is up until now with this new page flipping book.
In my opinion, there hasn’t been much thought of Patton in the past decades. He was an early 20th century military hero whom fought in both the WW’s in Europe and was instrumental for the success on the western allied front in WWII. General G.S. Patton was a controversial, aggressive leader who commanded forces to victories in North Africa, Sicily and the Western front post D-Day.
He gave America & Western forces hope by being among the 1st to face off with Nazi forces in North Africa and win, and he continued on up till the Elba River to be the most successful General for the western allied forces.
George Patton, a dynamic & controversial military leader who wore ivory-handled revolvers & flashy uniforms commanded the US 3rd Army, which cut a swathe through France after D-Day leading to the liberation of Paris. But his ambition to get to Berlin before Soviet forces was halted by Dwight D. Eisenhower (supreme allied commander & future President) who diverted Patton’s petrol supplies to the more cautious British General Bernard Montgomery. Patton, believed Eisenhower wrongly prevented him from closing the so-called Falaise Gap in the autumn of 1944, allowing hundreds of thousands of German troops to escape to fight again. This led to the deaths of thousands of Americans during the Nazi winter counter-offensive that became known as the Battle of the Bulge.
Not only a great read but also a need to read! Along with Stonewall Jackson, Patton was one of those rare leaders needed when times were tough. Unfortunately, what we have today are those leaders who are afraid to make decisions because they might fall on their own swords. Patton just brushed the swords aside and moved forward to win…at any cost. Where is he now? We sure do need a Patton today to replace the jelly fish (no backbones) running things today.
– Frank S. Spellman
Snippet : Killing Patton
The man with forty-five minutes to live cannot defend himself.
Gen. George S. Patton Jr. fears no one. But now he sleeps flat on his back in a hospital bed. His upper body is encased in plaster, the result of a car accident twelve days ago. Room 110 is a former utility closet, just fourteen feet by sixteen feet. There are no decorations, pictures on the walls, or elaborate furnishings—just the narrow bed, white walls, and a single high window. A chair has been brought in for Patton’s wife, Beatrice, who endured a long, white-knuckle flight over the North Atlantic from the family home in Boston to be at his bedside. She sits there now, crochet hook moving silently back and forth, raising her eyes every few moments to see if her husband has awakened.
Patton is fond of the finer things in life, and during the course of the Second World War, he made his battlefield headquarters in mansions, palaces, castles, and five-star hotels. But right now the sole concession to luxury is that, as a four-star general, Patton does not have to share his room with another patient.
“Old Blood and Guts,” as his soldiers refer to the sixty-year-old legend, is a man both revered and feared. He has many enemies. Thus the need for the white-helmeted armed guards posted directly outside his door, at the end of the long hallway leading to the hospital lobby, and at every entrance and exit of the building. Nicknamed for their helmets, these “Snowdrops” protect Patton from the American journalists who have descended on this quiet former cavalry barracks in a great pack, ignoring the ongoing Nuremberg war crime trials so that they might write about Patton’s accident and expected recovery. General Patton “is getting well like a house afire,” the Associated Press reported four days ago, basing its information on the army’s daily 6:00 p.m. briefing about his condition. The story also reported that Patton sat up in bed, throwing off his injury “with a speed reminiscent of his wartime advances.”
The truth, however, is far different. Gen. George S. Patton Jr. is paralyzed from the neck down. Bones in his spine were dislocated when his car collided with an army truck full of drunken joyriding soldiers. Patton’s number three cervical vertebra was shattered, badly bruising his spinal cord. The good news is that he has recovered some movement in his extremities. The bad news is that his doctors believe it is highly unlikely he will walk again.
The reporters don’t know this, and so they work overtime to invade Patton’s privacy to see his amazing recovery for themselves. Some have tried to sneak into Room 110 dressed as nurses or orderlies. Others have bribed hospital staff with Hershey bars and nylons. Thanks to the sentries, however, all of them have failed. The closest call was when Richard H. O’Regan, the same reporter from the Associated Press who wrote of Patton’s remarkable recovery, cadged an interview with Patton’s nurse by pretending to be a patient. For his troubles, O’Regan was able to reveal to the
world that doctors were allowing Patton to sip a thimbleful of whisky each night with dinner.
But reporters are the least of Patton’s worries. Throughout the course of the Second World War, he made many high-ranking enemies in Moscow, Berlin, London, and even Washington, DC. Patton’s fiery determination to speak the truth had many powerful men squirming not only during the war, but also afterward. He recently went on the record praising his former German enemies for their skills as soldiers, while also criticizing the Soviet Union as being a foe rather than an ally of the United States. Some have come to see Patton as a roadblock to world peace. And now Patton is at his most vulnerable, an easy target for any of those enemies.
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