On December 21, 1945, General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. 3rd Army, died from injuries suffered not in battle but in a freak car accident. He was 60 years old.
During World War II, as commander of the U.S. 7th Army, he captured Palermo, Sicily, in 1943 by just such means. Patton’s audacity became evident in 1944, when, during the Battle of the Bulge, he employed an unorthodox strategy that involved a 90-degree pivoting move of his 3rd Army forces, enabling him to speedily relieve the besieged Allied defenders of Bastogne, Belgium.
Here are some little known facts about “Old Blood and Guts” General George S. Patton Jr.