George Patton Film Suggests the WWII General Was Assassinated by Russians
A film in the works now and aiming for a release date next year makes the case that Gen. George Patton, who died three months after the end of World War II, was assassinated, perhaps by the KGB, due to his outspoken opposition to Communism and the former USSR.
The feature-length documentary, dubbed Silence Patton: First Victim of the Cold War, is from writer-director Robert Orlando. The filmmaker's most recent movie, A Polite Bribe, is about the Apostle Paul and set for release through VCI/Cinedigm on Tuesday.
Patton died Dec. 21, 1945, in a hospital from complications suffered a few weeks earlier when the car in which he was a passenger was struck by a two-ton truck. Three others involved in the accident were only slightly injured.
Before his death, Patton was making enemies of leaders not only in the USSR, but also the U.S. and Great Britain, because of his mistrust of then-Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, an ally during World War II.
"Tin politicians in Washington have allowed us to kick the hell out of one bastard (Adolf Hitler) and at the same time forced us to help establish a second one (Stalin) as evil or more evil than the first," Patton reportedly said.
On the website promoting the film, Orlando argues that Gen. Dwight Eisenhower prevented Patton from advancing his Third Army to the Nazi capital, a tactic that extended the war against Hitler by several months and allowed the Russians to take Berlin.
An essay on the website asks: "Is it possible as some say that the general's freakish collision with an Army truck, on the day before his departure for the U.S., was not really an accident? Or was Patton not only dismissed by his peers, but the victim of an assassin’s bullet at their behest?"
Orlando says he has been drawn to Patton since writing an essay about him when he was in the fifth grade.
"Gen. Patton is a towering historical figure of great consequence who shaped the history of the West," Orlando said. "My goal with Silence Patton will be to dig deeper into the narrative and prove to the viewer that he was silenced because his views didn't go along with the status quo."
Patton has been the subject of several TV and movie projects over the years, most notably the 1970 film, Patton, which starred George C. Scott as the feisty and controversial World War II hero. The film won seven Oscars including best picture.