Army & Navy - COMMAND: War's Underside

The U.S. was shocked by the first scandal in the U.S. Army High Command in World War II. It centered on a hero of Casablanca, El Guettar and Sicily: gaudy, profane Lieut. General George Smith Patton Jr., Commander of the U.S. Seventh Army.

The very serious charge against "Old Blood & Guts" was that he had committed one of the unforgivable military sins: he had struck, vilified and degraded an enlisted soldier. Worse than that, the soldier was a casualty of battle.

Congressmen learned of the incident through the radio and from carefully...

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