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SuperJail Warden wrote:
There's a few minor inaccuracies in the movie, but it doesn't go out of its way to warp reality too much. It doesn't pull too many punches on the general, and George C. Scott won a NYFC for it.
I would probably have it in any WW2 dramatization library.
e: neat read about its troubled productionThe Patton Film: From Real to Reelhttps://www.historynet.com/patton-film-real-reel.htm
Thank you for helping me learn the actor was as much of a retard as Patton. But in fairness that might have been a reasonable reaction to living in the Cold War era.
I have an article for you that you are as a matter of reciprocal honor obligated to read.
"The woe of being a 'Westworld' fan in 2020"https://www.insider.com/its-hard-to-be- … 2020-5?amp
RTHKI and Dilbert also need to read. This is required reading.
The war might indeed have been shortened if they hadn't redirected supplies to Montgomery's failed Operation Market Garden instead of to his charging tanks. The Germans were on the run and the delay allowed them to regroup.
The people who think that the war would have ended quicker if Patton, a fool only good at one thing, was allowed to do what he wanted to do completely overlaps with the people who think America singlehandedly won the war. World War 2 was decided on the Eastern Front. By the time D-Day happened, it was clear that the Red Army was going to overrun Germany. D-Day and the western front's main contribution was tying up troops that would have been killed failing to defend Berlin. The biggest success of D-Day wasn't defeating the Germans in Normandy. It was liberating France before the Red Army got there.
Secondly, the Germans Patton led against weren't the best Germany had to offer. The German army was depleted on the Eastern Front while the U.S. were the best supplied army in the world. Let's not exaggerate his accomplishments as a general.
Third, Patton was a meathead and history proved his idea about launching a war on the Soviet Union was ridiculous. Multiple times his poor judgement almost lost him his command. And considering the outcome of the Cold War, patience proved to have been the best course of action. What would have happened if we declared war on the Soviet Union? Nuclear war, millions of more dead (a lot of them Americans) and unstable democracies across the Eastern Europe that would have elected comedians and little Putins just like they did in our timeline when they got democracy without having to nuke them repeatedly. The only person who would have been happy with this result? Gunslinger in our timeline once he saw the demographic death toll.
And finally, if you are going to study World War 2, the Eastern Front is the good stuff. Oh and the Pacific War was lame compared to the Sino-Japanese war.
Yes, the Soviets did the majority of the fighting and dying. The British and Americans got their butt kicked by Rommel and his numerically inferior forces in North Africa, and they took forever to defeat a numerically inferior opponent in Italy. Both our weapons and our tactics were inferior to the Germans. We, like the Soviets, simply overwhelmed German troops with artillery and air support, and interdicted their supply lines, thus refusing them resupply. The Germans we fought at Normandy were crippled, lame, or conscripts from conquered Eastern European countries. They still caused tens of thousands of casualties. The Germans we fought at The Bulge had a large number of teenagers.
A lot of the issue that American forces had was the stubbornness of the procurement bureaucracy. They didn't like new weapons or tactics. General McNair refused to upgrade the Sherman tank, stating that he felt it was adequate. He also insisted on having separate tank destroyer units rather than building heavier tanks. The Sherman tank was a piece of shit and was responsible for tens of thousands of American and British deaths.
Because the Sherman was such a piece of shit and a liability, it's only use was in exploiting breakouts and in movement. Once the Western Front bogged down in order to feed Montgomery supplies, the German forces were allowed to regroup and bring up Panther and Tiger tanks, and the American forces were once again forced to rely on the Sherman tank as they had in Normandy, slogging it out in attrition battles in which the Sherman crews took a beating. Pausing for Market Garden was a political decision made to stop the V-2 rockets. It extended the war and cost many lives. Patton should've been released to keep going.