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George Patton
Patton
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1885
Date of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Killed in an autobmobile accident
Occupation: Soldier
Spouse: Beatrice Banning Ayer
Affiliations: United States Army
Turtledove Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Birth: 1885
Date of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Killed by a Panzerschreck
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance;
Striking the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Return Engagement
through
In at the Death
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Confederate States
Affiliations: Confederate States Army
Freedom Party
George Smith Patton, Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a leading, distinguished, and controversial United States Army General during World War II.

Prior to World War II, Patton was part of the unsuccessful expedition to capture Pancho Villa. He also saw World War I action in France, where he became an advocate for tank warfare.

During the War, Patton saw action in North Africa, Sicily, and Europe. He earned a reputation as a dogged fighter. He died in December, 1945, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Germany.

George Patton in The Man With the Iron Heart

George Patton's contempt for the vanquished Germans blinded him to the threat of the German Freedom Front. His personal arrogance and infatuation for décor made him an obvious target, as he routinely sat in the back of his jeep and/or stood up in the machine-gun turret. Thus, he became an ideal target, and was killed by a "Werewolf" assassin, who blew up Patton's truck with a Panzerschreck in September 1945. His driver, Smitty, survived.[1]

Patton was eulogized by Dwight Eisenhower, who took the occasion of Patton's funeral to exhort his men to keep in the fight.[2]

George Patton in Southern Victory

George Patton was a Confederate States[3] general. He rose to prominence during the Second Great War as the country's expert on barrels. A staunch Freedom Party man and Confederate patriot, Patton avidly studied U.S. barrel expert Irving Morrell's tactics.[4]

Patton began 1941 as a Brigadier General in charge of the barrels of the Army of Kentucky and commander of Operation Blackbeard.[5] He took advantage of his troops superior numbers and their better weapons by advancing quickly and using lightning tactics. His men loved him due to the fact that his barrels would always come up in convenient situations and they were able to clear out the enemy troops.[6] In a few months he was able to cut the United States in half.[7]

After he had proven himself in Ohio, Patton was moved to northern Virginia in late 1941, to defend against the U.S. offensive there.[8] He was able to make the U.S. army's advance there slow and costly. He was able to lead a successful counterattack when the U.S. was driving close to the Rappahannock River.[9] The counterattack didn't achieve its original goal of driving the U.S. to the Rapidan, but it did drive the U.S. Army back.[10] Once the U.S. advance continued, he was able to stop the advance at Fredericksburg.[11]

Soon after Patton was moved to lead C.S. troops during Operation Coalscuttle[12] in the summer of 1942. In this operation he was initially successful. He was able to sweep through eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.[13] However at the Battle of Pittsburgh he was faced by city warfare, which was terrible for barrels. His barrel crews took heavy casualties and weren't able to move as fast as they would have. Once the U.S. Army surrounded Pittsburgh and Operation Rosebud was successful, Patton's troops were in constant retreat through the city.[14] On President Featherston's order, Patton was extracted from Pittsburgh before the encircles C.S. forces surrendered. For his part, Patton wanted to stay and fight, but could not refuse Featherston's order.[15]

Patton's next command was a flanking attack designed to disrupt Irving Morrell's drive on Chattanooga in the summer of 1943.[16] The attack failed.[17] Patton commanded the defenses of Chattanooga, an assignment which chafed on the offensive-minded general. Still, at the suggestion of General Clarence Potter, Patton decided to defend Chattanooga house-to-house, just as US forces had defended Pittsburgh to such great effect.[18] However, when US paratroopers landed in his rear, he was forced to withdraw into Georgia.[19] Patton personally offered his resignation to President Jake Featherston after Chattanooga fell, but Featherston refused.[20]

With the loss at Chattanooga, certain of Patton's subordinates--notably Potter, whom Patton despised to the point of challenging to a duel[21]--were concerned that he would counterattack recklessly in a desperate attempt to stave off Morrell's drive on Atlanta.[22]

By early 1944, Patton had finally realized that simply attacking the U.S. forces in Atlanta would be a waste of men. With Featherston's consent,[23] and under the cover a cloudy night, Patton ordered a hasty retreat into Alabama.[24] After a few weeks of retreat, Patton decided that he would use Birmingham as Morrell had used Pittsburgh.[25]. However, the U.S. use of superbombs on the Confederate cities of Newport News and Charleston made this plan impossible. Patton agreed to parley, and, on condition that he could speak to his men, he and the Army of Kentucky surrendered to U.S. General Ironhewer.[26]

In Patton's emotional speech, he complimented his men, and cautioned them against taking up arms against the U.S.[27]

George Patton in Worldwar

George Patton was one of the United States' most successful generals in the war against the Race's Conquest Fleet.

In 1942, after the U.S. had entered World War II, but before it could deploy troops, the Race's Conquest Fleet invaded Earth. For the first time in eighty years, the U.S. found itself fighting a major war on its own soil, as the Race pushed hard into Midwest, subduing much of Indiana, Missouri, and Illinois before their drive halted at Chicago.[28] At the end of the year, Patton, along with Omar Bradley, seized on the Race's disdain for the winter cold, and successfully launched a counter-offensive, effectively ringing the Lizard forces as they advanced from Chicago. This was one of the first major successes that human forces had in stopping a Race offensive.[29]

Prior to the offensive, Patton met Chicago physicist Jens Larssen, as the latter was on his cross-country journey back to the University of Chicago. For security reasons, Patton held Larssen before the offensive.[30] Unfortunately for Larssen, this contributed to his wife's presumption that he was dead.[31]

At the end of the fighting, Patton toured the bombed out ruins of Chicago, which was the site of the detonation of the first American atomic bomb, the Fat Lady.[32]

Quotes

  • "Chicago. That wasn't war, Lieutenant, that was butchery, and it cost them dear, even before we used our atomic weapon against them. Their greatest advantage over us was speed and mobility, and what did they do with it? Why, they threw it away, Lieutenant, and got bogged down in endless street fighting, where a man with a Tommy gun is as good as a Lizard with an automatic rifle, and a man with a Molotov cocktail can put paid to a tank that would smash a dozen Shermans in the open without breaking a sweat. The Nazis fought the same way in Russia. They were fools, too."
  • "Wonderful would be killing every one of them or driving them off our world here altogether. Since we can't do that, worse luck, we're going to have to learn to live with them henceforward."

References

  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, 58-59.
  2. Ibid., pg. 61-62.
  3. See: Inconsistencies in Turtledove's Work#Inconsistencies in Southern Victory.
  4. Return Engagement, pg. 209.
  5. Ibid., pg. 172.
  6. Ibid, pgs. 208-211.
  7. Ibid., pg. 258.
  8. Ibid., pg. 377.
  9. Ibid, pgs. 476-482.
  10. Ibid., pg. 486.
  11. Ibid, pgs. 121-124.
  12. Drive to the East, pg. 141.
  13. Ibid., pgs. 317-399, generally.
  14. Ibid., pgs. 400-500, generally.
  15. Ibid., pg. 515.
  16. The Grapple, pgs. 340-342.
  17. Ibid. pg. 481.
  18. Ibid. pg. 467.
  19. Ibid., pg. 468.
  20. Ibid., pg. 469.
  21. Ibid. pg. 535.
  22. Ibid., pgs. 434-436.
  23. In at the Death, pg. 107.
  24. Ibid. pg. 130.
  25. Ibid. pg. 301.
  26. Ibid. pgs. 337-339.
  27. Ibid., pgs. 340-341.
  28. In the Balance, pg 401403.
  29. Ibid. pgs, 484-492.
  30. Ibid., pgs. 441-443.
  31. See, e.g., Tilting the Balance, pg. 219.
  32. Striking the Balance, pgs. 411-413.

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