Patton the Ghost: His Last Hurrah

William Nance
William Nance of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College recounts the campaign that would cement George S. Patton in the pantheon of American military history: the 1944-45 invasion and liberation of Western Europe. After he’d served as a D-Day decoy, he and his Third Army inflicted massive German casualties while storming across the continent. Nineteen months after V-E Day, Patton was dead.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Reception: 
6 pm
Program: 
6:30 pm
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The legend of George S. Patton is one of triumph touched by controversy. He delivered both in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, setting the stage for the campaign that would cement his name in the pantheon of American military history: the 1944-45 invasion and liberation of Western Europe.

William Nance of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth recounts the famed general’s achievements in the campaign, from his valuable role as a decoy in the runup to D-Day in June 1944 to leading his Third Army across the continent, inflicting massive German casualties. Nineteen months after celebrating victory in Europe, he was dead of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.