Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Lust For Glory. Patton: A Genius for War is the title of an excellent biography of the general written by Carlo D'este.
|What is the name of the operation which Bradley conceives of, and over which Patton has field command?||The Movie 'Patton'
Operation COBRA. 'Sounds like you'll need a crazy old horse cavalryman to lead it.'
Messina. 'I'm going to beat that...gentleman to Messina.'
Sicily. 'Nerves? Nerves? Why you're nothing but a G------ed coward!'
He was ill.. 'You mean I went up against some second-stringer because Rommell had an ear-ache?'
Hollywood. Patton tells the ruler of Morocco this while they review the Moroccan troops.
their fear of him. 'They'll lose their fear of the Germans. I just hope to God they never lose their fear of me.'
|What does Patton tell the soldier who was caught sleeping in the hallway?||The Movie 'Patton'
To resume his nap.. 'Well get back down there son, you're the only s.o.b. in this whole place who knows what he's doing.'
|Who was the narrator for the MovieTone Pictures newsreel that was featured in the movie?||Patton
|Who replaced Dick Jenson as Patton's aide, once he was killed?||Patton
|What was the name of the book Patton was reading the night before he faced off against Rommel's troops?||Patton
The Tank in Attack. "Tank in Attack" by Erwin Rommel.
|What is the name of the German officer who is assigned to research Patton?||Patton
|What is the name of the American general who Patton replaces as commander of II Corps once he's at Kasserine?||Patton
General Fredendall. The movie doesn't mention this specifically, but General Bradley says "General Fredendall's just leaving". Once Patton arrives, there is no farther use for Fredendall.
|What is the fine issued to the cook for not wearing leggings?||Patton
$20.00. $20.00 fine was considered a very steep penalty during WWII.
|At the beginning of the movie, who are Patton's two aides?||Patton
Dick Jenson & Al Stiller. Dick Jenson & Al Stiller were Patton's two aides at the beginning of the film. Unfortunately, Captain Jension was killed and Lt. Col. Codman replaced him. Chester (Chet) Hansen was Omar Bradley's aide.
|When Patton reviews the Moroccan troops in Rabat, what is his rank?||Patton
Two Star General. When he arrives at Kasserine, he's a two star general. At the end of the war, Patton's a four star general.
|Where is Kasserine Pass?||Patton
|Who played General George S. Patton?||Patton
George C. Scott. Believe it or not, Rod Steiger turned down the role because he felt the movie was too pro war. Lancaster and Mitchum also turned down the role.
Purple Heart. In my opinion, this scene was definitive in showing Patton's passion for battle and respect for the wounded, as well as his strong conviction against "battle fatigue" (now known as "post-traumatic stress disorder").
First, he meets a soldier named Gomez, who is recovering from a chest wound. Next, he stops at the bed of a badly wounded soldier. His chest and eyes are covered in bandages, and he is on oxygen. Patton kneels at his bedside, reaches for a Purple Heart (which is given to service members who are wounded in battle), whispers something in his ear (presumably a citation and/or "get well" message), then quietly gets up to continue his visit.
Then comes the "Soldier Who Gets Slapped" (That's the official movie credit). He tells Patton that his nerves are shot and he can't take the shelling anymore. Patton immediately calls him a coward, slaps him about the head, knocking his helmet off. Patton then orders him back to the front lines.
NOTE -- The "slap" shown in this movie is based on two separate incidents, in which the real General Patton slapped men because they had "battle fatigue," which Patton himself claimed was just another form of cowardice.
10 July 1943. The date of the landing is evidenced on the clapboards of film captured by the Germans. General Jodl and his staff are watching this film at the bunker, assessing both Patton and Bradley.
Dwight D. Eisenhower. "Ike" was the nickname of Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of the Allied forces in Europe. By the end of 1944, he became General of the Army (Five-star General), a wartime rank only a select few men ever attained. When he ran for President in 1952, his campaign was promoted by the use of buttons that read "I Like Ike."
|After Patton's dinner, at which he proposed the invasion of Sicily, Montgomery meets with Major General Walter Bedell Smith (Ed Binns) to discuss an alternate plan. Where is this meeting?||"Patton": A Salute to a Rebel - Part One
In a restroom. After General Smith tells Monty that he is sure General Eisenhower will "give it serious consideration," Monty says "[It's] amusing ... that the final plans for the invasion of Sicily shall have been put forward in an Algerian lavatory."
Sardinia. Steiger counters by saying that Patton will invade Sicily at Syracuse, because he is a military historian who knows Sicily is where the Athenians attacked the Romans centuries before. Sure enough, Patton does indeed plan to invade Sicily.
|In Berlin, Captain Oskar Steiger (Siegfried Rauch) presents his assessment of Patton to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (Karl Michael Volger). After hearing the report, is Rommel leary of Patton?||"Patton": A Salute to a Rebel - Part One
Yes. General Jodl reminds Rommel they have a meeting with Hitler in a few minutes, and that the Führer wants to hear what his strategy will be with Patton. He simply replies "I will attack and annihilate him! Before he does the same to me."
Carthaginians. In this scene, we are given insight to Patton's belief in reincarnation (He says he was there at the Carthaginian city) and poetry, as he quotes a poem of his about being many different people through the years, but always himself.
No. Not quite yet. When Bradley asked if he was being premature, Patton says he's been nominated for promotion by the President. Then Bradley counters by saying the Senate has to approve the promotion. Unphased, Patton replies that he and the Senate are on different schedules.
Morocco. He is in Rabat, receiving a medal from the Minister of Morocco, for his "brilliant amphibious landing on the continent of Africa." Following the presentation of the medal, Patton observes a pass-and-review of Moroccan soldiers. He was so impressed by the procession, he makes a comment to his aides that he wishes American troops looked that good.
|Following the speech, we are shown the aftermath of a battle at Kasserine Pass, in Tunisia, 1943. Several scavengers are removing items from the dead soldiers' bodies. What is the first item that someone tries to remove?||"Patton": A Salute to a Rebel - Part One
a wedding ring. During the so-called a scavenger hunt, General Omar Bradley arrives to survey the battlefield. After one of his officers fires a few warning shots, the scavengers disperse.
|The film opens with the unforgettable image of General George S. Patton, Jr. (George C. Scott) in front of a giant American flag, as he addresses unseen troops. Before he speaks, a bugle plays. What is the title of the bugle call?||"Patton": A Salute to a Rebel - Part One
To the Color. Typically, "To the Color" is played whenever the flag is raised or lowered. In this case, it appears a little dramatic license was used to pay homage to the flag (and to show off Patton's decorations before his speech).
A more appropriate bugle call might have been "Assembly", which calls troups to gather at a designated location, but it is much shorter than "To the Color". "First Call", which signals preparation for inspection/formation at the beginning of the day (It is sounded before "Reveille"), is commonly heard at horse races, to signal the horses entering the gates. "Call to Quarters" is the penultimate bugle call of the day; it signals troops to return to their quarters for the night, and that lights out ("Taps") will come within a few minutes. (Some information from bands.army.mil.)
All glory is fleeting. As Patton walks his dog at the end of the movie, his voiceover recalls the return of a conquering warrior to Rome: "For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph, a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts, laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes, his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning, that all glory is fleeting."
*FADE TO BLACK*
|Patton and Bradley meet one more time to plan a dinner together that evening. Despite the trouble in which Patton seems do find himself, does Bradley praise him for his work during the war?||"Patton": A Salute to a Rebel - Part Two
Yes. General Bradley: "George, I want to say thing. You've done a magnificent job here, in Europe." [Patton shies away slightly.] "That's right, George. I think that soldier you slapped back there in Sicily did more to win the war than any other private in the Army."