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Welcome to this edition of war stories investigate -- the patent museum of cavalry and -- Fort Knox Kentucky.
Surrounded by what they George Smith patent famous.
Tanks and armored vehicles.
George -- started -- as a cavalry.
Ironically it was the first one motorized warfare in the US army thus making the horse obsolete.
Pat was always colorful outspoken.
In his life was full of controversy rumors and -- Hitler's generals paired.
Eisenhower tried to control the press had a field day with -- -- -- -- -- produced.
9 December 1945.
Capitalism worked at all -- -- -- -- Mannheim Germany.
His Cadillac staff car collided with a US army truck.
The four star general was -- only one injured.
Twelve days later America's greatest -- expert was dead.
Was it simply an accident as the army concluded or was -- some believe.
Tonight more stories investigates the remarkable life and mysterious death.
-- general George asked pat.
They may 1945.
Feet -- day.
General George S Patton junior delivers a triumph and addressed praising his beloved third army.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- American GI's were looking forward to coming home general patent is ready for another fight or -- wardrobe.
What have you dreaded the idea of these curatorial we've ever had he believes -- -- certainly of great army.
George S Patton junior was born 11 November 1985.
On an 18100 acre ranch in San Gabriel California.
Lake vineyard had been known by his maternal grandfather.
Benjamin Davis Wilson the first mayor of Los Angeles.
The future generals parents affectionately called their son Georgie.
He was red.
By his hand and father.
On the history.
Anything that they thought would -- sparked the fire.
Robert -- has the generals grandson and wrote about his family in the patents.
As early as six or seven years old he announced that he was going to become not just a military man -- a great military leader.
-- -- -- -- These -- his role models he he's beloved play -- soldier.
Haywood played generally acclaimed historian -- just a pending patent a genius for war.
They've made up.
Almost sort of the first little tank.
When he was a kid made out of a barrel in some other things that they they went flying down a hill.
These were some of Georgia's child -- -- things toy soldiers.
A wooden sword.
And a trustee slingshot the family has a history in the military.
His great uncle.
Was built Gettysburg -- grandfather was also killed during the war and those stories of the bravery and Brittany and certainly filtered down that -- 1904.
After a year at the Virginia military institute and some lobbying by his father a high powered attorney.
Nineteen year old George -- enrolled at West Point.
-- soldiering came easy for the young cadet he struggled mightily with -- academics.
Unknown at the time patents suffered from what we know Paul dyslexia.
I think he had to work.
A little harder to be on the same level.
-- -- -- Patents grandson James heard stories about those difficult times and he and his mother -- -- and wrote about them in the -- and box.
Did you ever see any manifestation of this collection.
Misspelled words no punctuation.
Run on sentences -- letters are not easy to read.
In this letter to his father he wrote quote.
I am doing what unless I do much better -- -- much fear not even stop at the bottom.
Displayed his handicaps.
Many of his peers sought patent is boastful and arrogant.
One person Patton look to for encouragement was a very gracious Bostonians.
Beatrice -- They met on Catalina Island through family ties.
Granddaughter Helen patent plastic grew up hearing stories of their.
Courtship -- tell me about your grandparents.
They -- deeply deeply enough.
And got to know one another while working on play on dean and they both for waters.
And by the end of the rehearsals in the final performance that was pretty much sealed in -- His future father in law was accurate and self made millionaire he thought -- should go into business.
And Beatrice went on a hunger -- of actually gave him.
And he welcomed have.
-- -- apparently had never repeat his plebe year at West Point.
But in 1909.
After five difficult years he graduated 46 the class of -- 103.
The newly commissioned second lieutenant to an inactive army that was only 85000.
Captain wanted to be calorie.
Thoughtful and got his -- and he ends up on a remote host.
Virtually fort Sheridan Illinois.
Give some personal business and -- -- six may 1910.
George and Beatrice Webb and an extravagant Boston's ceremony.
A year later their first daughter Beatrice mayor Patten whom they called little big.
Was born and in 1915.
They welcomed their second child -- and.
9 march 1916.
Mexican bandit -- -- -- 485 of his followers.
Crossed the border the Mexico killing eighteen Americans.
President Woodrow Wilson -- to general John blackjack pershing soft on him down.
Or what department.
He thanks -- take you know -- wanna miss out combat Craig -- -- is the director of the patent museum of cavalry and armor.
The number one thing that people come to this museum to see it is that famous COLT revolver.
When -- got in your hand that is the most famous handgun world to go to -- white hat he wouldn't.
Turns out he actually uses it it -- -- win that one -- -- is principal officers was.
Was hiding out in the area he fifty -- -- -- cars and is -- an insurgent.
Julio part of this and he found it was the first mechanized cavalry attack they have this.
And the next thing you know what -- is is that most of America is it.
The bloodletting of the great war was already in its third year when -- join the fight.
And George -- rose to the occasion.
Perfect -- services.
-- I want you.
Four braves make I think we have not yet.
Had nothing happens by himself.
Knew nothing about -- Went out for the tanks that are device -- devise tactics and by the summer of 98 team.
They had about 101000.
People we don't know how to drive a tank.
Army historian Kevin he analysts studied -- is crucial role in World War I.
Is there any side in.
In what people see it and we'll write off the fat people and it's.
And he really with these soldiers Billy into shape and Bob Johnson -- And he leads them in the -- First ever American engagement.
World War I just days later and 26 September 1918.
Patently just -- again on French soil.
Venues are -- offensive.
It's wounded everyone -- in a trench.
And he kind of looked up and -- and looking down on it's time for another patent to die and give his life for his country.
Follow me and let out of the end of the trench and he really got shot through lower abdomen and he would know -- not evacuated until everyone else did.
-- in the aftermath is stuck refers.
Yeah yep distinguished service cross.
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