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74 years on - was General Patton murdered ?

Posted on Sunday, 22 December, 2019 | Comment icon 20 comments

General George S. Patton. Image Credit: Public Domain
General George S. Patton, who died in 1945, was one of the most celebrated military leaders of World War II.
The subject of countless books and movies, General Patton was a prominent figure who commanded both the US Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater and the US Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II.

His untimely death was particularly ill-fitting of a man who had contributed so much to the Allied war effort and even today the circumstances surrounding his demise remain a topic of heated debate.

Patton had been on his way to a pheasant hunting trip in a devastated part of Germany when his Cadillac limousine collided with a military truck that had been parked at the side of the road.

While two others in the car were uninjured, Patton suffered a blow to the head and quickly began to experience paralysis and difficulty breathing.

He was taken to a hospital in Heidelberg where it was discovered that he had suffered from a broken neck and a spinal cord injury that had left him paralyzed from the neck down.

While he made some progress over the next 12 days, he ultimately died on December 21, 1945.
Not everyone however is convinced that he actually succumbed to his injuries.

The story goes that in 1979, an American spy named Douglas Bazata claimed that he had been sent by the Office of Strategic Services to kill Patton and make it look like an accident.

There is also an alternative version of the story indicating that the assassin had actually been sent by Stalin to stop Patton from warning the United States about the dangers of the Soviet Union.

Despite several books and a great deal of debate on the matter over the years however, questions still remain about these theories and there is no concrete evidence to support either version.

"You've got to look at what Patton's situation was," said author Carlo D'Este. "He was a quadriplegic, he was going to die anyway, he was totally immobilized, he couldn't move."

"What is the point of assassinating him and where did Stalin come from anyway? Sure, somebody could have snuck in the hospital, but why would you bother?"

"You need to verify facts. That certainly raises a red flag with me."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by Dumbledore the Awesome on 22 December, 2019, 15:15
What are you arguing about? Hitler may have wanted his revenge on the perpetrators of the July 20 plot (and can you blame him), but out of recognition of Rommel's status as a national hero he preferred to do it discreetly, and the injuries he sustained when the RAF shot up his car was just the opportunity he needed. Similarly, to have obviously bumped off Patton, or in some circumstances that might have made people go , would have aroused fury wouldn't it. They couldn't have been sure that a staged accident would have been fatal of course, but even if it wasn't it wouldn't have looked unduly s... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Piney on 22 December, 2019, 15:48
He was a staunch believer in reincarnation and that suicide put you in a worse situation in the next life. 
Comment icon #13 Posted by RabidMongoose on 22 December, 2019, 16:23
History revision doesnt work on me. The state funeral of Rommel is there on YouTube for everyone to watch and the official COD is heart failure. His wife and two sons present at the funeral know he had taken a cyanide pill, but play along with it for the best interests of Germany. Rommel had 3 choices: Public trial followed by execution (which would have harmed his image and German moral). Suicide (the SS would come collect him by car and take him someone where he would swallow a cyanide capsule). Visit Hitler and give a defence (while not good for our side of the conflict, maybe he should hav... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by HollyDolly on 18 February, 2020, 16:26
Don't know if my dad  had heard anything about Patton  being assinated,He was in Italy at the time  of the famous  incident where Patton slapped a soldier. Didn't see it  happen, but i guess heard about it through the grapevine.Rommel was a war hero to the german people, so Hitler  gave him the choice of suicide by  cyanide.One of the Garmisch cousins had been an officer and in North Africa as the same time as Rommel, but he wasn;t part of the Afrika Corps, and later wound up on the eastern Front.Dad did a TDY to germany and England in 1958,59 for Security Service out at Kelly AF Base, san Ant... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by Obviousman on 18 February, 2020, 20:04
What a load of nonsense. If you wanted to assassinate someone, then you have to KILL them, not leave them injured and hope that they die. If the US military wanted to kill him then it would have been easy to get a local German demobbed soldier - preferably a Nazi, SS would be perfect - and equip them with a weapon (remember that there were still lots of small arms around, both Allied and German). They'd be the sniper, with the 'public' motivation of killing Patton as revenge for the defeat of Germany. No need for elaborate plans that have a small chance of success. Sheesh - you people would be... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Dumbledore the Awesome on 18 February, 2020, 20:59
Yes, but how many documented cases were there of disaffected former Nazis assassinating senior Allied figures? None at all. The fanatical Nazi remaining holed up after the surrender is a figure of fiction. To have one of your highest profile senior generals suddenly bumped off by one would have looked so fishy that even Comrade Stalin wouldn't have thought he could get away with something so obviously faked,. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by Obviousman on 19 February, 2020, 20:35
Yeah, sorry about that. There have never been any instances of disaffected people murdering famous figures. Martin Luther King (killed by James Earl Ray, who hated African Americans) Abraham Lincoln (killed by John Wilkes Booth, who supported the Confederacy) Archduke Franz Ferdinand (killed by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist though admittedly he said he was aiming for GEN Potiorek) etc
Comment icon #18 Posted by Trelane on 20 February, 2020, 2:38
An old friend, a Master Sergeant with three combat tours died unexpectedly of heart failure. No foul play, no signs of heart disease. Another, had collapsed and died of walking pneumonia. Unfortunately, war sometimes is not as dangerous as everyday life back home.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Obviousman on 20 February, 2020, 9:08
Absolutely. I had a semi-girlfriend who went home on Xmas leave. Died suddenly, kinda natural causes. She did Navy physicals every year, was fit, etc. No-one saw it coming.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Robotic Jew on 20 February, 2020, 12:02
Suicide has nothing to do with cowardice...

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