Patton killed thousands of “Huns” on the battlefield, but in post war Bavaria, He was prepared to treat them as defeated citizens. With one eye fixed on a future battle with the Russians, Patton ignored, what he believed to be extreme, US anti-German post war policies, and employed former military to run the government. He also believed these ex soldiers were vital partners needed to some day defeat the true enemy of the West, the Soviet Empire. Patton, to the delight of the reporters, spoke freely on these matters. Peace did nothing to tame the great raconteur’s tongue. Under pressure from Washington, Eisenhower finally stripped the defiant General of his beloved 3rd Army and assigned Him the “paper” 15th (Army), to record the war. Patton’s incendiary comments, fueled at times by media trickery, had caused the silence of his guns, though He had gained American victories (1942-43) in Africa and Italy. And in 1944 in Knutsford England when the newspaper misquoted him saying, ” Since it is evident destiny of the British and Americans rule the world, the better we know each other the better job we will do,” leaving out the Russians. Old Blood and Guts was silenced at the Normandy invasion, June 6th 1944, as Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, Patton’s insecure rival, used their best fighting general as a decoy to the Germans, the enemy’s main concern. General Rommel had fortified the beaches, with machine gun nests and pillboxes, and after landing, the armored invasion, lead by Bradley, was jammed by Hedgerow country. Once again, Eisenhower called on Patton with His 3rd Army’s tanks to break out to the mainland. By late 1944, driving the Nazis East, Patton was forced to make a heroic 100 mile turn north, over severe winter roads, to rescue Bastogne in the Battle of the Bulge. For the brass, Patton’s blitz across France outshined his flaws, and soon Hitler’s Panzers were finished (kaput). With Patton’s star rising, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin at Yalta carved up the Furor’s Reich, along with the occupied territories. The massive 3rd Army, at peek fighting strength (540,000 men), reached the outskirts of Vienna, Prague, and Berlin, as the Red Army crept closer from the East. Patton begged Eisenhower to permit his advance on the capitals to contain the Russians at their original borders, a plan also insisted on by Churchill, but to no avail. Ike cautiously said “no” to Patton’s advance and offered the cities to the Russians for tactical expediency and to avoid any conflict. Patton retorted, “the Third Army alone and with damned few casualties, could lick what is left of the Russians in six weeks. You mark my words.” As a result, the cities fell under Russian rule, and by May 9th, after Stalin’s sanctioned rape of Berlin, the war ended. On Dec 21st, 1945 Patton’s voice was silenced for good by a suspicious car accident that some blame on the Russian NKVD (KGB). In light of the 20th century, Patton’s words still haunt us from the grave, “Don’t ever forget them. Someday we will have to fight them and it will take six years and cost us six million lives.” A prophetic warrior who foresaw the future confrontation with the Soviet Union, and was willing to confront, but instead was told to stand down. In the aftermath, of World War II, in 1948 Stalin starved Berlin until Allied Airlifts dropped in food. Eventually the Eastern Bloc battlefields of Word War II were crushed by Soviet tyranny. For decades, the US would fight proxy wars against communist aggression in Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, where millions have been tortured, raped, or pillaged under the Red flag. For a man who knew war “in many guises but always me, ” Patton’s, legacy still raises the haunting specter of any armed conflict, that some times, it is only those who dare to face “the last bullet in the last battle,” that might also spare the world a Cold War.
George S. Patton once stated, “tin-soldier politicians in Washington have allowed us to kick the hell out of one bastard [Hitler] and at the same time forced us to help establish a second one [Stalin] as evil or more evil than the first…” Our greatest modern general, and “alleged” victim of a Russian murder plot raises a long-standing question. Why did the Allies in World War II (1941-45) under Supreme Commander Eisenhower spend years spilling the blood of thousands of men to oust a dictator in Germany only to surrender those liberated to a Russian tyrant in a matter of months?
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 13:22
posted by Alex
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