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The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.
Col Charles R. Codman (Paul Stevens) wears pilot wings on his uniform because he had been a US Army Air Service bomber pilot in World War I. He remained in France and married a French woman after the war, then alternated between his family business in ... ...
Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
When Patton meets Air Vice Marshal Coningham and gets told he will see no more German planes immediately before two German planes attack the town didn't happen. Or rather, a plane did attack, but during a meeting between George S. Patton and the American air force General Spaatz and the British Air Marshal Tedder. No one was hurt in this strafing run - far from the devastation depicted in the film. The meeting followed a report made by Patton that American ground forces had been "continuously bombed all morning" - which Spaatz and others had found to be inaccurate. Also, Coningham is depicted as a plummy upper-class Brit, but he was actually born in Australia and raised in New Zealand. Far from being ineffective, the doctrine of tactical air power that he pioneered during this campaign was actually taken up and followed by the American air forces. See Stephen Budiansky: 'Air Power' (Viking, 2003)
Opening credits prologue: KASSERINE PASS TUNISIA, 1943
English, German, French, Russian, Arabic, Italian
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