Foul Play to Silence Patton
In December 1945, Patton was silenced when an oncoming army truck crushed his car. During his 90-minute documentary, Orlando explores this untimely, suspicious car accident that occurred just prior to Patton's scheduled return to the U.S. The film asks: was Patton silenced to obfuscate the war's missteps and shield those responsible for the aftermath with Stalin in Eastern Europe? How did a renowned and decorated four-star general die after an alleged army truck accident absent any investigation, court martial, or further action by the military?
Patton proclaimed that the U.S. made serious mistakes in war negotiations, especially in misjudging Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Patton also asserted that the U.S. would pay a steep future price for partnering with Stalin.
In Silence Patton, Orlando — using his team of historians, battlefield graphics, and revealing quotes – portrays Patton overwrought by the way his immediate superiors conducted much of the war and openly bemoaning their strategic decisions.
The film's context for Patton's concerns includes revelations that before the war, Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration was filled with Soviet spies and progressives who visited the Soviet Union and viewed communism as far less ominous than Nazism and fascism, perhaps even a "new way" ideology with a possible American future.
When Roosevelt died and Truman became president, the Russians continued their European westward push. Patton sought Eisenhower's approval to contain the Russians by advancing to eastern European capitals, but Eisenhower deferred to Stalin and ordered Patton to retreat from Berlin. When the Russians began to loot and pillage German towns, stripping them of industrial machinery, and Stalin ordered his men to kill Germans and rape women, a horrified Patton saw his worst nightmare realized.
The Russians entered Prague. Although the Czechs requested aid from the British and Americans, eagerly anticipated their arrival, and even appealed directly to Patton, they were told that the Allies had stopped their advance at the Red Army's request. Patton complained to Churchill, "Russia is the real problem. I can't get the Americans to see it."
Both were frustrated that the Red Army killed people who could have been saved by Anglo-American intervention. Thus, the Cold War began as Eastern Europeans, subjugated previously by the Nazis, suffered more than four decades of totalitarian rule under the Soviets. https://www.american...nce_patton.html