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Gasoline To Patton: A Different War

Copyright © 2005 by Albin F. Irzyk, Brigadier General (ret.)

Smashwords Edition


To

“The Team”

For their love and constant, loyal support

Evelyn, Jane, Dave, Al, Teri, Laura, Pete,

Bryan, Stacey, Mike, Abby, Jeff, Julia, and Riley

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I am deeply indebted to three close friends, Linda Womack, Paul Meyer, and Don Fox, for their careful examination of the draft manuscript, and for their suggested changes and corrections, which helped greatly to improve this book. Many thanks, also, to my granddaughter, Stacey Pickett, for assisting this less-than-expert computer user to better produce, organize, and retain his printed pages.

FROM THE COVER PAGE OF WAR AS I KNEW IT

By George S. Patton, Jr.

“By the end of August, the Germans were on the run. At this point Gen. Patton presented his case for a rapid advance to the east for the purpose of cutting the Siegfried Line before it could be manned. Bradley was very sympathetic, but SHAEF, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, did not concur.”

“All supplies – both gasoline and ammunition – were to be thrown into First Army’s move north so Patton’s Third Army had no gas with which to move; he was heart-broken.”

“It was my opinion then that this was the momentous error of the war.”

General George S. Patton

FOREWORD

BRAVE MEN, GENTLE HEROES

Paul Walmsley as a Staff Sergeant served under General Patton during WW 11 in the 77th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. In “BRAVE MEN, GENTLE HEROES” by Michael Takiff published by William Morrow in 2003 he wrote as follows:

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