Recently I wrote about how much I enjoyed The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara. I highly recommend it if you’re interested in learning more about World War II, focusing on the Normandy Invasion up to the Battle of the Bulge.
Following that book, I picked up a copy of Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly, which was also spectacular in a similar, but different way. Killing Patton explores the final months of World War II and the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of one of America’s greatest Generals, George S. Patton, Jr.
During the course of World War II, General Patton made a plethora of enemies on both sides of the lines. The Germans were absolutely terrified of his tactical brilliance and knew that his was likely the one army they couldn’t defeat. Hitler actively sought ways to eliminate Patton from command. On the Allied side, he pissed off all of the High Command, most of the other General Staff, Senators, the President, and just about everyone he interacted with. If he didn’t have the rousing success in battle that his army did, it’s highly likely that he would have been relieved of duty for any one of his numerous PR blunders, such as slapping a soldier who was in the medical tent for “battle fatigue.”
Patton’s death is highly suspicious and the details are extremely shady. Continue reading “Another Good Book”