Patton and Overlord

Discussion in 'General' started by andrewmoquin, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. andrewmoquin

    andrewmoquin Junior Member

    In the movie Patton George C Scott, just before being informed that he would be in command of the ficticious FUSAG, which was to make the Germans believe the invasion would come at Calais, said the following.

    I've studied the Overlord Plan
    and there's a number of flaws in it.
    You can't depend on Monty taking
    Cannes by D-day. He'll never make it.

    I wonder how informed Patton was concerning Overlord. Since he was not taking part in the operation it would seem unlikely that he would have had access to the invasion plans. There was no need to know. Did Gen. Patton see the invasion plans ahead of time or is this just Hollywood?
     
  2. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Andy, one should NEVER take Holywood as a historical source, look at the recent "Pearl Harbor" :lol: , "Enemy at Gates", "Anzio" with Robert Mitchum, etc, etc.

    Well, Hollywood and anything that comes out from a screen, History Channel for instance and others of the kind ;)
     
  3. Macca

    Macca Member

    Patton was not officially included in any planning for Overlord however Patton claims in 'War As I Knew It' that he was planning Third Army's course through Normandy and Brittany as early as March 44, suggesting that he was aware of the general plans for the invasion and beyond. He also had intimate knowledge of Normandy as he had toured it extensively with his wife after WW1 and made himself familiar with it's road network.
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Patton was not officially included in any planning for Overlord however Patton claims in 'War As I Knew It' that he was planning Third Army's course through Normandy and Brittany as early as March 44, suggesting that he was aware of the general plans for the invasion and beyond. He also had intimate knowledge of Normandy as he had toured it extensively with his wife after WW1 and made himself familiar with it's road network.

    Thats interesting...I wonder if he was ever consulted or mentioned the hedgerows being a bit of a tank man.
     

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