Originally Posted by sputnik1988
Both of which are here in Ky, at the Patton museum. It's a sight to see. My grandfather served under Patton in WWII, I use any excuse i can to go to the museum.
If you like that museum, you need to take a trip over to Ft. Benning to the National infantry museum. If you are interested in war planes, the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola is nothing short of outstanding.
The Pensacola museum had tour-guides that were WWII aviators, but every time I go, there are less of them......
I had a school teacher that was an enlisted tanker in Patton's army and was at the Battle of the Bulge. He was not fond of Patton at all. His reaction to "Old Blood and Guts" was; "yep, his guts and our blood.
Patton was personally responsible for American tankers going to battle in a main battle tank that was a death-trap. The Sherman was under-gunned, under armored, and had an obsolete track system. The only thing it had going for it was that it was fast and had a powered turret.
The American tankers paid for his error with their blood and guts. When he finally saw the light and pushed for a tank that could actually compete with the Panthers and Tigers, the war was nearly over. The Pershing tank was superior to the Panzers, but was held back by Patton, against the judgement of all of the other tank warriors.
In the movie, Kelly's Heroes
, Oddball made the comment that "the only way he could keep a Tiger busy was by letting it shoot holes in me" was not off the mark.