Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General

The Strange Death of World War II’s most Audacious General- Mixing politics with literary effects

The killing of General PattonFor the umpteenth number of times, we have scoured the edges and the inside patterns of the Second World War to find out the discrepancies in the human situations and locate as well as dislocating the characters of war, political unrest, survival, ravages, and diplomacy and state policies.

Moving on from the simple stance of just a political commentator, Bill O Reilly has penetrated deep into the nuances of the ‘Strange Death of World War II’s most Audacious General’ to bring forth the literary sequels of Killing Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and even the assassination of Jesus.

But this particular text, however disjointed, it might seem, proposes to enter into a fresh new domain where the policies of Anti-Semitism are viewed and continuously criticized.

With a language that blends the contemporary historian with the articulate renderings of an experienced journalist, O Reilly tries to explain how well he had also served in the Third Army part of US. Some of the lines in the book speak well of his journalistic pattern of writing; the accurate analysis and details of the literary endeavor.

An excerpt from the first chapter goes like this: Killing Patton Book

“Step by step, thinking themselves unseen, the U.S. soldiers advanced. Fingers were on triggers as the men scanned the forest waiting for the muzzle flashes that would expose the enemy…”

Not a biographical writing altogether:

The book has been initiated in such a manner that it leaves no room for the readers to believe that it is a mere biography. On the other hand, O Reilly had a kind of oxymoron admiration for General Patton, something which can be called more on the offensive and repellent side. So it is unjustified to say that this book is a mere biography.

Patton’s performance in the World War and his following death form part of this historical fiction. With all such details going into the dates, the preparation of the army attacks, and the gunshots, the barbwire, the defense groups, and the machine guns- all bring us on the verge of a cinematic landscape, something very similar to what we see on the History channels.

This is the industrial style, with all the geographical locales described through printed maps. The diction is simple, in ornate, depending more on the war words, the company of machine guns, often referring to disguise versions of the ammunition. For instance, the MG-42 machine gun is referred to as ‘Hitler’s zipper.’

A revelation of sources from the entire world:

General Patton had ordered the U.S. military troops not to enter Berlin from the western side until Soviet Russia came from the east. But there was lack of political faith, and Stalin’s autocracy had an important role to play in deciding the course of the World War. So we find how the facts and figures from History create a decisive impact in underlining the anticipated death or assassination of General Patton.

As far as the character sketch is concerned, this book highlights the professional as well as the off-guard personalities of some of the most prominent figures who participated in the World War. Pieces depicting Stalin’s getaway, Hitler’s last dance with Eva Braun before both of them commit suicide, are instances where we know not only the professional lives of our much known public figures but also their own misunderstandings, losses, and victories.

This book has been published on 23rd September 2014, and the publishers are Henry Holt and Company. The hardcover version has 368 pages.

Biography

George Patton, in full George Smith Patton, Jr., (born November 11, 1885, San GabrielCalifornia, U.S.—died December 21, 1945, Heidelberg, Germany), U.S. Army officer who was an outstanding practitioner of mobile tank warfare in the European and Mediterranean theatres during World War II.

His strict discipline, toughness, and self-sacrifice elicited exceptional pride within his ranks, and the general was colorfully referred to as “Old Blood-and-Guts” by his men. However, his brash actions and mercurial temper led to numerous controversies during his career.

 Education And Early Military Career

Patton was born to a wealthy California family and enjoyed a privileged childhood. His early years were marred, however, by difficulties in spelling and reading, which has led some historians to speculate that he had undiagnosed dyslexia.

His formal education did not begin until age 11, but, in time, he became a voracious reader and later in life published numerous articles on military subjects. Patton enjoyed military history, in particular, especially books about the American Civil War, a conflict in which his grandfather and great-uncle had been killed while fighting for the Confederacy.

Patton spent a year at the Virginia Military Institute and then transferred to the U.S. Military Academy at West PointNew York, where he was forced to repeat his plebe (freshman) year because of poor grades. His academic performance improved, and, after graduating in June 1909, Patton was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the cavalry. On May 26, 1910, he married Beatrice Banning Ayer, the daughter of Boston industrial tycoon Frederick Ayer.

In 1912 Patton was selected to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in StockholmSweden. There he competed against military officers from around the world in the modern pentathlon, an event that included swimming, pistol shooting, running, fencing, and riding.

Patton made a respectable showing, coming in fifth out of 42 contestants. He had learned to fence at West Point and continued his study of swordsmanship while in Europe. Later—while attending the Mounted Service School in Fort Riley, Kansas—Patton was designated an instructor of swordsmanship and received the title Master of the Sword.

In that role, he designed the U.S. Model 1913 Enlisted Cavalry Saber, known as the “Patton Sword.” Patton also loved polo, and he played it, like he pursued so many things, with a violent, reckless abandon, frequently injuring himself in the process. Biographer Martin Blumenson has suggested that his frequent head injuries may have contributed to the erratic behavior attributed to him in his later years.

Patton saw his first combat soon after leaving Fort Riley. When Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa led an attack on the border town of ColumbusNew Mexico, in 1916, Patton joined the staff of Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing and accompanied him on a punitive expedition into Mexico.

Though the mission failed to apprehend Villa, Patton was responsible for leading a raid that killed three of Villa’s men. The attack garnered much publicity and was notable for being the first time that automobiles had been used in combat by the U.S. Army.

When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, Pershing was made the commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), and Patton, promoted to captain, joined him in France. In November 1917, Patton, now a major, left Pershing’s headquarters staff and became the first officer to be appointed to the new U.S. Army Tank Corps.

Over the next months he organized, trained, and even designed the uniforms for the new tank units; he was also promoted to lieutenant colonel. On September 12, 1918, Patton, ignoring orders to stay in radio contact, personally led the first U.S. tank units into battle during the Saint-Mihiel offensive.

In the Meuse-Argonne offensive a few weeks later, Patton was severely wounded by a machine-gun bullet. He lay in a shell hole for hours before it was safe to evacuate him, but he refused to be taken to the hospital until he had reported to his commander. He was promoted to the temporary rank of colonel and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery under fire.

 World War II

During the demobilization that followed World War I, Patton reverted to the permanent rank of captain. He graduated with distinction from the Army War College in 1932, and he remained a vigorous proponent of tank warfare throughout the interwar years.

He was promoted to colonel in 1938 and temporary brigadier general in 1940. On April 4, 1941, he was promoted to interim major general, and a week later he was made commander of the 2nd Armored Division. Soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), Patton organized the Desert Training Center near Indio, California, to simulate combat and maneuvers in the harsh North African climate.

Patton was commanding general of the western task force during the successful U.S. landings at Casablanca in November 1942. He was promoted to the temporary rank of lieutenant general in March 1943 and led the U.S. Seventh Army into Sicily, employing his armor in a rapid drive that captured Palermo in July and Messina in August.