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General Patton, a host of American officers, and troops of the th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, watch a performance of the Lipizzaner stallions on August 21, Photo from National Archives May 7,was an important day by any measure.
Patton, it started early, with a call just after 4 a. The Germans have surrendered.
One of the most complicated military men of all time, General George Smith Patton, Jr. was born November 11, in San Gabriel, California. He was known for carrying pistols with ivory handles and his intemperate manner, and is regarded as one of the most successful United States field commanders of . How Patton—and a strange cast of Germans, Poles, and Czechs—saved the prized Lipizzaners in the last days of the war. George S. Patton, America's greatest combat general of the Second World War, was assassinated after the conflict with the connivance of US leaders, according to a new book.
Charles Hancock Reed, was with his unit in western Czechoslovakia, where they were forming a defensive line southwest of the large city of Pilsen. Alois Podhajsky as he prepared for what he regarded as the most important day of his life.
Podhajsky, a tall, aristocratic Austrian of extraordinary single-mindedness, was looking for a way to guarantee the safety of the riding school and horses he supervised as the Third Reich collapsed around him.
As Patton watched, the horses and riders went through the precise, balletlike maneuvers they were famous for: When it was over, Podhajsky halted his horse before Patton and removed his hat in a traditional salute. To me the high-schooling of horses is certainly more interesting than either painting or music.
Army; he later told Podhajsky he would do what he could about the horses in Czechoslovakia. It began 11 days earlier—with some captured secret documents. But those that belonged to the commander of the German intelligence unit that surrendered to the 2nd Cavalry Group at a hunting lodge near the Czech border on April 26,were unexpectedly interesting.
They included photos of horses—beautiful horses: Arabs, Thoroughbreds, and Lipizzaners.
The general, a celebrated spy known only as Walter H. They looked at the photos together, and the general told Reed that the horses were among hundreds the Germans had collected from among the finest breeding stock in Europe and sent to a large stud farm in the nearby Czech town of Hostau, where they were under the care of Czech and Polish POWs who had surrendered to the Germans.
The problem was that the ruthless and ravenous Red Army was approaching; both men were concerned the animals might become army rations. But, as spelled out at the Yalta conference that divided up postwar Europe, Czechoslovakia fell within the Soviet zone of occupation.
He sent a message to Patton at Third Army headquarters requesting permission for the operation. And although the Germans in Czechoslovakia were being rapidly overpowered, there were still die-hard Nazi snipers everywhere.
Working in conjunction with the German, Reed formulated a daring plan. At about 8 p. The officer was Capt. Rudolf Lessing, a staff veterinarian at Hostau. Over dinner he presented Reed with a counterproposal: Stewart, was out in the field when his commanding officer relayed a message: Reed had just concluded a telephone conversation with General Patton, and told Stewart he was to accompany the German captain through the lines and attempt to arrange the release of the horses and prisoners.
The two men left on foot and walked together in the darkness for about a half-mile before coming upon the motorcycle that Lessing had secreted in some bushes. They drove it several miles to the barn of a friendly Czech forester, where they exchanged the motorcycle for a pair of horses the veterinarian had hidden there to take them on the rest of the journey.George S.
Patton, America's greatest combat general of the Second World War, was assassinated after the conflict with the connivance of US leaders, according to a new book. Patton’s military exploits were such that he was the only American general whom the Germans feared.
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One of the most complicated military men of all time, General George Smith Patton, Jr. was born November 11, in San Gabriel, California. He was known for carrying pistols with ivory handles and his intemperate manner, and is regarded as one of the most successful United States field commanders of .