General Patton’s Costly Misadventure at the End of WW2

Towards the end of a highly laudatory review by Max Hastings of The Guns at Last Light by Rick Anderson (The Wall Street Journal, May 11), a monumental military history of the U.S. role in WW2, there is this paragraph:

“The last weeks of the European war were anti-climactic because the Russians were going to get to Berlin first. Patton disgraced himself by dispatching an armored column behind enemy lines to rescue his son-in-law in a POW camp at Hammelburg. This fiasco cost scores of lives, but Eisenhower could not bear to sack a commander so close to victory.”

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2 responses to “General Patton’s Costly Misadventure at the End of WW2

  1. Michael Gundy

    So, are you nominating General Patton for the Lord Admiral Louis Mountbatten Award for bad judgement and callous disregard for human life?

  2. Henry Lotin

    Eric,

    Unusual? Why don’t you write a blog or two about why some of our beautiful university towns in Germany were spared?