Dates of General Patton's Relief from Duty
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05 Apr 2006 10:38 PDT
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What are the exact dates of Patton's relief from duty? i.e., when exactly was he relieved of his command of the Seventh Army in Italy, and when exactly did he assume command of the Third Army in Europe? I believe that the incident in which he slapped the shell-shocked soldier occurred around 10 Aug, 1943, so leaving the Seventh Army must've happened after that. And I believe that he started commanding the Third Army in combat sometime in July 1944 (shortly after D-Day, during the Normandy breakout).
Re: Dates of General Patton's Relief from Duty
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 05 Apr 2006 12:08 PDT
Dear chris_rohlfs, General Patton was relieved of his command of the 7th Army on 31 December 1943, more than four months after the "slapping incident". This long time span between the incident and the consequences may seem odd at first sight; but the "slapping incident" did not become a public scandal before late November 1944. On 1 January 1944, General Mark W. Clark became acting commander of the 7th Army, until General Alexander M. Patch took command on 2 March 1944. Later, General Patton was commander of the 3rd Army from 26 January 1944 to 7 October 1945. That means, his time without a command was considerably short, only 26 days in January 1944. Regards, Scriptor Sources: Third U.S. Army: Third Army Milestones http://www.arcent.army.mil/history/milestones.asp Third U.S. Army: General George S. Patton, Jr. http://www.arcent.army.mil/history/com_bios/cg_gspatton.html The Patton Society: The Third Army in World War II http://www.pattonhq.com/textfiles/thirdhst.html The Patton Society: The Slapping Incidents http://www.pattonhq.com/unknown/chap08.html World War II Units Histories: Seventh U.S. Army http://www.unithistories.com/units/7th%20US%20Army.htm
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