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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 3:25 p.m. PST

"Inside Seventh Army headquarters on the southern coast of Sicily, a scowling Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr., greeted Lieutenant General Omar Bradley with bad news. ‘We've received a directive from Army Group, Brad,' Patton said between puffs on a cigar. ‘Monty's to get the Vizzini-Caltagirone road in his drive to flank Catania and Mount Etna by going up through Enna. This means you'll have to side-slip to the west with your 45th Division.'

‘My God,' Bradley replied angrily, ‘you can't allow him to do that!'

But Patton had nothing else to say on the subject. ‘Sorry Brad,' he said evenly, ‘but the changeover takes place immediately. Monty wants the road right away.'…"
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goragrad27 Jan 2018 5:39 p.m. PST

Well, that was a bit of a different view of Patton and the Sicily campaign…

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jan 2018 5:33 a.m. PST

It still has the mistaken notion that it was Montgomery who insisted on the 'safe' plan of having both landings in the south. He initially favored the idea of landing the Americans in the North (this was NOT Patton's plan, Patton had no role in the invasion planning and there was no 'Patton Plan') but Monty was overruled by the air and naval commanders. They said they didn't have the ships to guard two widely separate invasion, nor could fighters based in North Africa protect the northern landing. This whole myth was perpetuated by the movie "Patton" but is not true.

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