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But after a decade-long investigation, military historian Robert Wilcox claims that OSS head General "Wild Bill" Donovan ordered a highly decorated marksman called Douglas Bazata to silence Patton, who gloried in the nickname "Old Blood and Guts".
His book, Target Patton, contains interviews with Mr Bazata, who died in 1999, and extracts from his diaries, detailing how he staged the car crash by getting a troop truck to plough into Patton's Cadillac and then shot the general with a low-velocity projectile, which broke his neck while his fellow passengers escaped without a scratch.
Originally posted by Lazarus Short
I didn't need a book to figure that out. I knew it for years... Military leaders are still being assassinated, but these days, it's an airplane or helicopter crash. Stabbing someone in the forum is just so passe.
Originally posted by hounddoghowlie
her ya go, it's not the one i remember,
still looking for the one i remember
Originally posted by stirling
Patton was a wild card potential candidae for president later....the elite were scared they couldnt control him.....
Originally posted by LiveForever8
reply to post by 727Sky
I have, somewhere on my laptop, a four post thread on this very topic that I never got round to putting on the boards. It's about 3 years old now but was very detailed, using the book, Target Patton as my main resource. I found it fascinating because it was an elaborate assassination years before elaborate assassinations became all the rage.
Glad you brought this up
Originally posted by Hopechest
You should never believe something told by a guy who was told by a guy who is now dead and you can't verify.
End of the conspiracy right there since it can never be proved or disproved.
Easy way to make a buck.
On Sunday 9 December Geroge Patton and his cheif of staff set off down to Franfurt-Mannheim road for a days pheasant shooting,. Both were sitting in the back of the car when suddenly and Army truck from the opposite direction turned left in front of them to enter a side road. Both Vehicels swerved to avoid a head-on-collision and struck each other a glancing blow. Patton was thrown forward so violently that his head struck either the back of the front seat or the roof of the car. The vertebrae of the upper spine was crushed resulting in almost immediate paralysis from the neck downwards. Tragically he who dreamed of a soldiers sudden death in last battle lingered on for twevel days.