- At the end of World War II, one of America's top military
leaders accurately assessed the shift in the balance of world power which
that war had produced and foresaw the enormous danger of communist aggression
against the West. Alone among U.S. leaders he warned that America should
act immediately, while her supremacy was unchallengeable, to end that danger.
Unfortunately, his warning went unheeded, and he was quickly silenced by
a convenient "accident" which took his life.
- Thirty-two years ago, in the terrible summer of 1945,
the U.S. Army had just completed the destruction of Europe and had set
up a government of military occupation amid the ruins to rule the starving
Germans and deal out victors' justice to the vanquished. General George
S. Patton, commander of the U.S. Third Army, became military governor of
the greater portion of the American occupation zone of Germany.
- Patton was regarded as the "fightingest" general
in all the Allied forces. He was considerably more audacious and aggressive
than most commanders, and his martial ferocity may very well have been
the deciding factor which led to the Allied victory. He personally commanded
his forces in many of the toughest and most decisive battles of the war:
in Tunisia, in Sicily, in the cracking of the Siegfried Line, in holding
back the German advance during the Battle of the Bulge, in the exceptionally
bloody fighting around Bastogne in December 1944 and January 1945.
- During the war Patton had respected the courage and the
fighting qualities of the Germans -- especially when he compared them with
those of some of America's allies -- but he had also swallowed whole the
hate-inspired wartime propaganda generated by America's alien media masters.
- He believed Germany was a menace to America's freedom
and that Germany's National Socialist government was an especially evil
institution. Acting on these beliefs he talked incessantly of his desire
to kill as many Germans as possible, and he exhorted his troops to have
the same goal. These bloodthirsty exhortations led to the nickname "Blood
and Guts" Patton.
- It was only in the final days of the war and during his
tenure as military governor of Germany -- after he had gotten to know both
the Germans and America's "gallant Soviet allies" -- that Patton's
understanding of the true situation grew and his opinions changed. In his
diary and in many letters to his family, friends, various military colleagues,
and government officials, he expressed his new understanding and his apprehensions
for the future. His diary and his letters were published in 1974 by the
Houghton Mifflin Company under the title The Patton Papers.
- Several months before the end of the war, General Patton
had recognized the fearful danger to the West posed by the Soviet Union,
and he had disagreed bitterly with the orders which he had been given to
hold back his army and wait for the Red Army to occupy vast stretches of
German, Czech, Rumanian, Hungarian, and Yugoslav territory, which the Americans
could have easily taken instead.
- On May 7, 1945, just before the German capitulation,
Patton had a conference in Austria with U.S. Secretary of War Robert Patterson.
Patton was gravely concerned over the Soviet failure to respect the demarcation
lines separating the Soviet and American occupation zones. He was also
alarmed by plans in Washington for the immediate partial demobilization
of the U.S. Army.
- Patton said to Patterson: "Let's keep our boots
polished, bayonets sharpened, and present a picture of force and strength
to the Red Army. This is the only language they understand and respect."
- Patterson replied, "Oh, George, you have been so
close to this thing so long, you have lost sight of the big picture."
- Patton rejoined: "I understand the situation. Their
(the Soviet) supply system is inadequate to maintain them in a serious
action such as I could put to them. They have chickens in the coop and
cattle on the hoof -- that's their supply system. They could probably maintain
themselves in the type of fighting I could give them for five days. After
that it would make no difference how many million men they have, and if
you wanted Moscow I could give it to you. They lived on the land coming
down. There is insufficient left for them to maintain themselves going
back. Let's not give them time to build up their supplies. If we do, then
. . . we have had a victory over the Germans and disarmed them, but we
have failed in the liberation of Europe. We have lost the war!"
- Patton's urgent and prophetic advice went unheeded by
Patterson and the other politicians and only served to give warning about
Patton's feelings to the alien conspirators behind the scenes in New York,
Washington, and Moscow.
- The more he saw of the Soviets, the stronger Patton's
conviction grew that the proper course of action would be to stifle Communism
then and there, while the chance existed.
- Later in May 1945, he attended several meetings and social
- with top Red Army officers, and he evaluated them carefully.
He noted in his diary on May 14: "I have never seen in any army at
any time, including the German Imperial Army of 1912, as severe discipline
as exists in the Russian army. The officers, with few exceptions, give
the appearance of recently civilized Mongolian bandits."
- And Patton's aide, General Hobart Gay, noted in his own
journal for May 14: "Everything they (the Russians) did impressed
one with the idea of virility and cruelty."
- Nevertheless, Patton knew that the Americans could whip
the Reds then -- but perhaps not later. On May 18 he noted in his diary:
"In my opinion, the American Army as it now exists could beat the
Russians with the greatest of ease, because, while the Russians have good
infantry, they are lacking in artillery, air, tanks, and in the knowledge
of the use of the combined arms, whereas we excel in all three of these.
If it should be necessary to right the Russians, the sooner we do it the
- Two days later he repeated his concern when he wrote
his wife: "If we have to fight them, now is the time. From now on
we will get weaker and they stronger."
- Having immediately recognized the Soviet danger and urged
a course of action which would have freed all of eastern Europe from the
communist yoke with the expenditure of far less American blood than was
spilled in Korea and Vietnam and would have obviated both those later wars
not to mention World War III -- Patton next came to appreciate the true
nature of the people for whom World War II was fought: the Jews.
- Most of the Jews swarming over Germany immediately after
the war came from Poland and Russia, and Patton found their personal habits
- He was disgusted by their behavior in the camps for Displaced
Persons (DP's) which the Americans built for them and even more disgusted
by the way they behaved when they were housed in German hospitals and private
homes. He observed with horror that "these people do not understand
toilets and refuse to use them except as repositories for tin cans, garbage,
and refuse . . . They decline, where practicable, to use latrines, preferring
to relieve themselves on the floor."
- He described in his diary one DP camp, "where, although
room existed, the Jews were crowded together to an appalling extent, and
in practically every room there was a pile of garbage in one corner which
was also used as a latrine. The Jews were only forced to desist from their
nastiness and clean up the mess by the threat of the butt ends of rifles.
Of course, I know the expression 'lost tribes of Israel' applied to the
tribes which disappeared -- not to the tribe of Judah from which the current
sons of bitches are descended. However, it is my personal opinion that
this too is a lost tribe -- lost to all decency."
- Patton's initial impressions of the Jews were not improved
when he attended a Jewish religious service at Eisenhower's insistence.
His diary entry for September 17, 1945, reads in part: "This happened
to be the feast of Yom Kippur, so they were all collected in a large, wooden
building, which they called a synagogue. It behooved General Eisenhower
to make a speech to them. We entered the synagogue, which was packed with
the greatest stinking bunch of humanity I have ever seen. When we got about
halfway up, the head rabbi, who was dressed in a fur hat similar to that
worn by Henry VIII of England and in a surplice heavily embroidered and
very filthy, came down and met the General . . . The smell was so terrible
that I almost fainted and actually about three hours later lost my lunch
as the result of remembering it."
- These experiences and a great many others firmly convinced
Patton that the Jews were an especially unsavory variety of creature and
hardly deserving of all the official concern the American government was
bestowing on them.
- Another September diary entry, following a demand from
Washington that more German housing be turned over to Jews, summed up his
feelings: "Evidently the virus started by Morgenthau and Baruch of
a Semitic revenge against all Germans is still working. Harrison (a U.S.
State Department official) and his associates indicate that they feel German
civilians should be removed from houses for the purpose of housing Displaced
Persons. There are two errors in this assumption. First, when we remove
an individual German we punish an individual German, while the punishment
is -- not intended for the individual but for the race, Furthermore, it
is against my Anglo-Saxon conscience to remove a person from a house, which
is a punishment, without due process of law. In the second place, Harrison
and his ilk believe that the Displaced Person is a human being, which he
is not, and this applies particularly to the Jews, who are lower than animals."
- One of the strongest factors in straightening out General
Patton's thinking on the conquered Germans was the behavior of America's
controlled news media toward them. At a press conference in Regensburg,
Germany, on May 8, 1945, immediately after Germany's surrender, Patton
was asked whether he planned to treat captured SS troops differently from
other German POW's. His answer was: "No. SS means no more in Germany
than being a Democrat in America -- that is not to be quoted. I mean
by that that initially the SS people were special sons of bitches, but
as the war progressed they ran out of sons of bitches and then they put
anybody in there. Some of the top SS men will be treated as criminals,
but there is no reason for trying someone who was drafted into this outfit
. . ."
- Despite Patton's request that his remark not be quoted,
the press eagerly seized on it, and Jews and their front men in America
screamed in outrage over Patton's comparison of the SS and the Democratic
Party as well as over his announced intention of treating most SS prisoners
- Patton refused to take hints from the press, however,
and his disagreement with the American occupation policy formulated in
Washington grew. Later in May he said to his brother-in-law: "I think
that this non-fraternization is very stupid. If we are going to keep American
soldiers in a country, they have to have some civilians to talk to. Furthermore,
I think we could do a lot for the German civilians by letting our soldiers
talk to their young people."
- Various of Patton's colleagues tried to make it perfectly
clear what was expected of him. One politically ambitious officer, Brig.
Gen. Philip S. Gage, anxious to please the powers that be, wrote to Patton:
"Of course, I know that even your extensive powers are limited, but
I do hope that wherever and whenever you can you will do what you can to
make the German populace suffer. For God's sake, please don't ever go soft
in regard to them. Nothing could ever be too bad for them."
- But Patton continued to do what he thought was right,
whenever he could. With great reluctance, and only after repeated promptings
from Eisenhower, he had thrown German families out of their homes to make
room for more than a million Jewish DP's -- part of the famous "six
million" who had supposedly been gassed -- but he balked when ordered
to begin blowing up German factories, in accord with the infamous Morgenthau
Plan to destroy Germany's economic basis forever. In his diary he wrote:
"I doubted the expediency of blowing up factories, because the ends
for which the factories are being blown up -- that is, preventing Germany
from preparing for war -- can be equally well attained through the destruction
of their machinery, while the buildings can be used to house thousands
of homeless persons."
- Similarly, he expressed his doubts to his military colleagues
about the overwhelming emphasis being placed on the persecution of every
German who had formerly been a member of the National Socialist party.
In a letter to his wife of September 14, 1945, he said: "I am frankly
opposed to this war criminal stuff . It is not cricket and is Semitic.
I am also opposed to sending POW's to work as slaves in foreign lands,
where many will be starved to death."
- Despite his disagreement with official policy, Patton
followed the rules laid down by Morgenthau and others back in Washington
as closely as his conscience would allow, but he tried to moderate the
effect, and this brought him into increasing conflict with Eisenhower and
the other politically ambitious generals. In another letter to his wife
he commented: "I have been at Frankfurt for a civil government conference.
If what we are doing (to the Germans) is 'Liberty, then give me death.'
I can't see how Americans can sink so low. It is Semitic, and I am sure
- And in his diary he noted:, "Today we received orders
. . . in which we were told to give the Jews special accommodations. If
for Jews, why not Catholics, Mormons, etc? . . . We are also turning over
to the French several hundred thousand prisoners of war to be used as slave
labor in France. It is amusing to recall that we fought the Revolution
in defense of the rights of man and the Civil War to abolish slavery and
have now gone back on both principles."
- His duties as military governor took Patton to all parts
of Germany and intimately acquainted him with the German people and their
condition. He could not help but compare them with the French, the Italians,
the Belgians, and even the British. This comparison gradually forced him
to the conclusion that World War II had been fought against the wrong people.
- After a visit to ruined Berlin, he wrote his wife on
July 21, 1945: "Berlin gave me the blues. We have destroyed what could
have been a good race, and we are about to replace them with Mongolian
savages. And all Europe will be communist. It's said that for the first
week after they took it (Berlin), all women who ran were shot and those
who did not were raped. I could have taken it (instead of the Soviets)
had I been allowed."
- This conviction, that the politicians had used him and
the U.S. Army for a criminal purpose, grew in the following weeks. During
a dinner with French General Alphonse Juin in August, Patton was surprised
to find the Frenchman in agreement with him. His diary entry for August
18 quotes Gen. Juin: "It is indeed unfortunate, mon General, that
the English and the Americans have destroyed in Europe the only sound country
-- and I do not mean France. Therefore, the road is now open for the advent
of Russian communism."
- Later diary entries and letters to his wife reiterate
this same conclusion. On August 31 he wrote: "Actually, the Germans
are the only decent people left in Europe. it's a choice between them and
the Russians. I prefer the Germans." And on September 2: "What
we are doing is to destroy the only semi-modern state in Europe, so that
Russia can swallow the whole."
- By this time the Morgenthauists and media monopolists
had decided that Patton was incorrigible and must be discredited. So they
began a non-stop hounding of him in the press, a la Watergate, accusing
him of being "soft on Nazis" and continually recalling an incident
in which he had slapped a shirker two years previously, during the Sicily
campaign. A New York newspaper printed the completely false claim that
when Patton had slapped the soldier who was Jewish, he had called him a
- Then, in a press conference on September 22, reporters
hatched a scheme to needle Patton into losing his temper and making statements
which could be used against him. The scheme worked. The press interpreted
one of Patton's answers to their insistent questions as to why he was not
pressing the Nazi-hunt hard enough as: "The Nazi thing is just like
a Democrat-Republican fight." The New York Times headlined this quote,
and other papers all across America picked it up.
- The unmistakable hatred which had been directed at him
during this press conference finally opened Patton's eyes fully as to what
was afoot. In his diary that night lie wrote: "There is a very apparent
Semitic influence in the press. They are trying to do two things: first,
implement communism, and second, see that all businessmen of German ancestry
and non-Jewish antecedents are thrown out of their jobs. They have utterly
lost the Anglo-Saxon conception of justice and feel that a man can be kicked
out because somebody else says he is a Nazi. They were evidently quite
shocked when I told them I would kick nobody out without the successful
proof of guilt before a court of law . . . Another point which the press
harped on was the fact that we were doing too much for the Germans to the
detriment of the DP's, most of whom are Jews. I could not give the answer
to that one, because the answer is that, in my opinion and that of most
nonpolitical officers, it is vitally necessary for us to build Germany
up now as a buffer state against Russia. In fact, I am afraid we have waited
- And in a letter of the same date to his wife: "I
will probably be in the headlines before you get this, as the press is
trying to quote me as being more interested in restoring order in Germany
than in catching Nazis. I can't tell them the truth that unless we restore
Germany we will insure that communism takes America."
- Eisenhower responded immediately to the press outcry
against Patton and made the decision to relieve him of his duties as military
governor and "kick him upstairs" as the commander of the Fifteenth
Army. In a letter to his wife on September 29, Patton indicated that he
was, in a way, not unhappy with his new assignment, because "I would
like it much better than being a sort of executioner to the best race in
- But even his change of duties did not shut Patton up.
In his diary entry of October 1 we find the observation: "In thinking
over the situation, I could not but be impressed with the belief that at
the present moment the unblemished record of the American Army for non-political
activities is about to be lost. Everyone seems to be more interested in
the effects which his actions will have on his political future than in
carrying out the motto of the United States Military Academy, 'Duty, Honor,
Country.' I hope that after the current crop of political aspirants has
been gathered our former tradition will be restored."
- And Patton continued to express these sentiments to his
friends -- and those he thought were his friends. On October 22 he wrote
a long letter to Maj. Gen. James G. Harbord, who was back in the States.
In the letter Patton bitterly condemned the Morgenthau policy; Eisenhower's
pusillanimous behavior in the face of Jewish demands; the strong pro-Soviet
bias in the press; and the politicization, corruption, degradation, and
demoralization of the U.S. Army which these things were causing.
- He saw the demoralization of the Army as a deliberate
goal of America's enemies: "I have been just as furious as you at
the compilation of lies which the communist and Semitic elements of our
government have leveled against me and practically every other commander.
In my opinion it is a deliberate attempt to alienate the soldier vote from
the commanders, because the communists know that soldiers are not communistic,
and they fear what eleven million votes (of veterans) would do."
- His denunciation of the politicization of the Army was
scathing: "All the general officers in the higher brackets receive
each morning from the War Department a set of American (newspaper) headlines,
and, with the sole exception of myself, they guide themselves during the
ensuing day by what they have read in the papers. . . ."
- In his letter to Harbord, Patton also revealed his own
plans to fight those who were destroying the morale and integrity of the
Army and endangering America's future by not opposing the growing Soviet
might: "It is my present thought . . . that when I finish this job,
which will be around the first of the year, I shall resign, not retire,
because if I retire I will still have a gag in my mouth . . . I should
not start a limited counterattack, which would be contrary to my military
theories, but should wait until I can start an all-out offensive . . .
- Two months later, on December 23, 1945, General George
S. Patton was silenced forever.