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General Patton Slap

// Information about the slap of General Patton during the campaign in Sicily.

During the campaign in Sicily, the U.S. General George Patton was the protagonist of an unpleasant episode that had great impact on his military career and who would fail until his death in Germany in 1945 in a road accident. 

During a visit to the hospital of injuries found in Sicily, together, two men who accused him visible physical injuries. Patton was furious hand unloading at the head of one of the soldiers, taking his helmet, which fell to the ground. The doctors and nurses protected the assaulted with their bodies. 


  Patton mastered quickly, continuing the inspection, but repudiating aloud the cowardice of those who complained of suffering from psychoneurosis, adding that it should not admit them in the same hospital that housed heroes wounded in combat. 

The incident came to the Press and Eisenhower, as supreme commander, had to take action. He wrote a harsh letter of reprimand, forcing him to apologize to the soldier and all the staff who witnessed the occurrence. 

Patton obeyed without reply, but it was poorly received by American public opinion. He was removed from command and career of one of the most brilliant American generals was reduced to the sidelines until the Normandy campaign, they return to command their tanks to recover and worldwide notoriety.



The english version of this article will be available soon. In the meanwhile, the text above was the result of a Google translation from portuguese version to english.



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