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General George Patton: Murder or Accident

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The notion that General George Patton was assassinated by the American Secret Service, or the Soviet NKVD, or some combination of both, makes an interesting story. However, does this conspiracy theory stand up to rational analysis? What do you believe happened? Let us know! 

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This episode is powered by pod decks. Pod decks are unique interview questions and episode starting prompts in the palm of your hand. So, whether you're a new podcaster or existing broadcaster looking to grow your audience and have more meaningful conversations, you're going to want to check out pod decks now. If you want to get ten percent off your order right now, you can go to pod dexcom and typing coupon code. What's the code, Larry Twenty One? Yes, that's the code. Check out pod dexcom take your podcast to the next level. Welcome to connect the conspiracy with your host, Larry Lease. Join it. He dives into some of the biggest conspiracies in history and attempts to separate fact from a fiction. Welcome to connect the conspiracy. I'm your host lease. Excuse me. Today we're diving into the death of General George Patton, was America's most controversial general. Assess needed well, I'll give you the facts in my theories and you can let us know in the comment section below what you think really happened. First, thank our sponsor, pudnics, for sponsoring this episode. Check them. Not Today. Podiscom use Promo coude Larry Twenty, one, four, ten percent off your purchase. And how onto our main topic. The notion that General George Patton was assassinated by the US secret service or the Soviet and KVD, or some kind of combination of both, makes an interesting story. However, does this conspiracy theory stand up to irrational analysis? Robert Willcox did a huge amount of research for target Patton, but his book ultimately stands or falls on the Rascy of Douglas de Witt Zada,...

...who is dead now. Some of his claims don't stand up to scrutiny. For example, a corner to Willcox, Pasada said that he had informants and patents HQ unit who gave him details patents plan trip on Sunday, summer night, one thousand nine hundred and forty five, which allowed him to plan the attack. However, pattent, who expected to spend that day with his closest friend, General Geoffrey t keys, commander of the US seventh army, who is visiting Patten's headquarters. Keys was unexpectedly called back to seventh army HQ earlier that morning, and only at that point did GATTON patent decide to go hunting. That would have given Pazzano very little time to prepare. Pazzada claim that he followed a pat and staff card to Salberg and jam the right we were window down. All the car was left unintended. However, pattens chauffeur, or woody wood ring, was adamant that he had remained in the car while game and patent walked around the Roman Fort. Also, neither gay nor would ring recalled a rear window being jamed down, something that would have been very apparent on a bitterly cold December morning. Then Pazada claims that he went ahead of the general's car to set up an ambush in the railroad crossing, though he wasn't able to explain how he knew precisely the route that pens car would take. He didn't wait for Patten's car or arrived and he had a heavy truck in position ready to ram the staff car. However, he explained to will cox the collision that happened was entirely fortuitous in that and really was an accident which involved another truck which just happened being the area at the time. He also explained that the assassination weapon, about which he seemed to remember surprising little, had an effective range or just ten yards. He did not explain how he was already in placed ten yards of left from the spot where the collision happened, given that this was a fortuitous accident, that Shirley wasn't an exact place he had planned. He then claims he shot patent in the...

...face through the open right we were window at the staff car, and he meani aftermath of the accident, breaking his neck. Apparently no one, including pattent, noticed this happening. I don't know about you, but to me this doesn't sound like a description of a possible and professional attempt at an assassination. It's just too many coincidences and unknown variables involved. For example, how could Bazana have known the route that pens car would take in sufficient time to have another vehicle standing by ready to crash it? Crash into it, I should say? Also, with a range of just ten yards to his weapon, Pazzato would happen to be very certain the precise location of the crash and the position which the general's car would come to rest afterwards. I can't see how that is possible, especially if the actual crash involved a different truck. I also find it difficult to accept that no one in the car, including pat himself, notice that the general have been struck by a projectile. No one else seems to have heard of the assassination weapons similar to that described by Pazzada. He said that it was from a little country, perhaps Jack or Swiss, and powered by a spring or compressed air. He could shoot any almost anything including, he claimed, a tea cup. He describes the projectile used to injure patent as a bolt shaped piece of rubber or possibly a small cube of rubber. I've not been able to find any reference to a weapon which fires a rubber projectile with sufficient forest or run really break a human neck. Rubber bullets are occasionally used by police and these do sometimes Keel, but they would not make a reliable assassination tool. It's also worth noting that BAZZADA's description of this weapon is very similar to the gun described in the novel that Alangan Quinn Project Now author, Frederick Nolan later said that this wasn't based on any real weapon and the idiot invented it purely for the novel. Finally, but thought it was adamant that he was ordered and paid in some accounts,...

...to kill Patton by William while Bill Donald, Donovan headed the OSS. However, when Roosevelt died in April nineteen forty five, support for Donovan, the OSS and it's proposed postwar replacement, the CIA, declined sharply. On September twenty five. Nineteen forty five, president druman relieve Donovan to his Commund and ordered at the OSS be wound up more than ten days. So either the plot to kill Patten was hatched before September twenty five, or Donovan Somehow retained control over sufficient oss assets to undertake the attempted assassination two months later. Pasana doesn't seem to have publicly mentioned his involvement and attempted assassination patent until in onosand eight hundred and seventy nine, following the release of a movie brass target, loosely based on the novel we previously discussed, Passano was reported as saying to a gathering of former OSS operatives and DC I know who killed him because I'm the one who was hired to do it. TENZERO dollars, General J General William J Donovan, himself director of Oss trusted me with their mission. I set up the accident. Later that year Bazada gave an interviewed to the spotlight for right wing weekly newspaper published in DC published dance. I was paid to kill pet in the interview he claimed that he was asked by Donovan to kill Patten that he refused. There are only two possible scenarios here. You One thousand hundred seventy four author Nolan, or the novel in which, by an astounding coincidence, the precise circumstances, even the unique weapon used in the actual assassination attempt on Patten or described in detail. This is despite the fact that Nolan never met Bazzana and the novel was written before his public claims. Or Basana read the novel invented the story which closely followed his plot. We know Bazada read the novel because it is mentioned in his diary. He describes it as factual in parts and fantasy and others. But why would US Pasanna lie...

...in Target Patten? Will Cox describes him in the late S as a bitter and in need of money. At one point, Passanna described his former OSS colleagues as weaklings, lyars snakes, cowards, thieves and betrayers. Apparently, he was angering part because he and not received pensions and benefits he claimed had been promised to him by Donovan. These things don't constitute proof, but it seems at least possible but that Pasada might have decided to invent a story and which showed Donovan in the Oss and the worst possible light, which might also provide him with a source of revenue. It's also noted that Bazata change the story more than once. He sometimes claimed that he attempted to kill Patten, but he also said that he was there but someone else did the actual shooting. At other times he said that he had been asked to undertake the assassination but refused. His diaries contain all those versions of the story, and even target pat no Stepazzana was conflicting on this point. It seems very difficult to believe that he couldn't recall whether he had or had not personally attempted to assassinate pat what, then, the other evidence of a plot? The car in the Patent Museum certainly does seem to include parts from both in nineteen thirty nine and nineteen thirty eight. CANILLAC models seventy five. However, museum staff contend that after the crash the car was repaired using parts from similar nineteen thirty nine CANILLAC. It sounds pausible in any way, even if this isn't really patent staff car. How does this prove that there was a plot and or a cover up? Missing reports on patens accident also seemed to be something of a red herring. Patten, who is conscious for much of the time between the accident and his death, was convinced that what would had, what had happened, was nothing more than an accident. He ordered that no further investigation should be undertaken or either driver punished, which probably accounts for no reports being filed. Patents driver. Would you would ring was interviewed a about the accident many...

...times and even took part in the publicity tour for the movie brass target wood. Ring was certain that the event was an accident, he said of his involvement in publicity for the movie. My purpose was to set the record straight. The movie certainly didn't. Would ring with also a certain that the first military policeman on the scene where lieutenants Balandingham and Smith. Eight hundred and eighteen the military police company, not Lieutenant Peter, but a lot of us who later claimed up produced a report on the accident which mysteriously disappeared. It may or may not be relevant here to note that in nineteenred and eighty seven, what then the motive for the assassination? In interview with The Sunday Telegraph newspaper, the author of target pattent not didn't quote. I don't think I was an hour. Would have ever been elected president if Patton and who lived to say the things he wanted to say? It is certainly true that Eisenhower was elected president in nineteen fifty three and that even in late nineteen forty five he may have been considering in political career. However, like many other aspects of this story, this one doesn't really hold up to close examination. Patton was certainly highly critical of aspects of Eisenhower's military leadership during the war, as well as it is trusting and disliking Soviet Union. But by late nineteen forty five Patton was becoming marginalized. Do doing do two was increasingly erratic behavior. It is praise for Germany and it support for a war with the Soviet Union. There's no real evidence at all that anything pat could have said would, if seriously, damaged Eisenhower's political ambitions. What are the contention that Paton was poison at the hospital and High Burg by the NKVD? This isn't impossible. In...

KVD had certainly carried out assassinations and had to use poison promise. There's no evidence suggest that this actually happened. The official cause of death was pulmonary and demon and congestive heart failure. supplict terms, those who are paralyzed are prone to develop pulmonary embolism. Blood cloth that develops in a blood vessel and it travels to along where it can cause an eruption the blood suppliance. sequent art failure. Although patent and seemed to be recovering well, in xt ray taken out de Summer Twenty showed an embolist and upper right part of his a right lung. Doctors were very concerned about it and it's death the following day was not a surprise to medical staff. So it's not impossible that pain gin as a result of poisoning. There is no evidence at old to support this. What evidence to evidence we do have accords with the formal cause of death. We apply outcomes razor, it seems far more likely that Pyton died as a redirect result of the injury rather than because of a Soviet Union plot. There are a couple over the points raised by conspiracy theorist that are worth mentioning. Versus a claim that senior officers were president the accident, seemed suspiciously soon after the accident. The second is that the ambulance in which patent was taken went to a hospital in Heidelberg rather than the hospital and Minna I'm which was closer. The first point makes no sense at all. It suggests that one or more senior officials were waiting at the accident site to ensure that the assassination attempt was successful. Quite part from the fact that this would be incredibly stupid, also not impossible. Not Possible. Excuse me. It's previously mentioned no one knew what route pattent's car would take, so no one could have been waiting at the place where the accident actually happened. As to the second point, the hospital at Manheim certainly was closer to the accident site than the one hundred...

...thirty station hospital at Heidelberg, which was around fifteen miles away. However, the hospital at Hendlberg. It was the closest army hospital, so it seems perfectly logical that that would be where you, as army medics, would choose to take an injured American officer. The notion that General Patton was assassinated has grown out of a fictional thriller published in One Thousand Nine hundred and seventy four. What is surprising is how much credence this theory seems to have gained despite the lack of evidence. For the reasons I've discussed during this episode, I don't think that the different stories told by Douglas Bazana are feasible or credible. Without those, were left nothing, with nothing to surmise and but surmise and presumption. I like a conspiracy theories, much is anyone, but I prefer these two have at least a measure of credible supporting evidence. That's notably lacking here. Perhaps people all simply find it difficult that to accept that a person is charismatic and flamboyant is patent could die as result or something is mundane as a road accident. Despite that, in this case, I believe that the evidence strongly suggest that Patton really did die as a result of sheer blind bad luck, not the result of a conspiracy. However, I could be wrong. Let me know in the common section below. What do you believe? was he assassin need or was it just a bad accident? Thank you for watching and listening. As always, you can find us on social media and CTC podcast one on twitter, facebook and instagram at connect the conspiracy. If you want to support the show, you can buy us a coffee of buy me a coffeecom saw lash CTC podcast. That's buy me a coffeecom CTC podcast.

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