Here is a link to a bas relief commemorating Robert G. Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (the subject of next week’s film). The memorial is at the National Gallery of Art in D.C. If you click on different places within the photo it will enlarge that part of the relief so you can see details. The artist did place Shaw in front, and on a horse—traditional elements of a classical-style piece such as this. However, the artist also took care with the soldiers, to show range of ages and even traces of personality. If you have time, the links below the image of the relief lead to interesting information, and don’t take long to read.
Blumenson, Martin. Patton: The Man Behind The Legend, 1885-1945. New York: William Morrow and Company Inc, 1985.
Blumenson strives to show the private side of a man that many people only new by his public persona.
D’Este, Carlo. Patton: A Genius for War. New York: Harper Perennial, 1995.
A Genius for War provides a detailed and thorough biography of Patton, from birth to his untimely death in 1945.
Hymel, Kevin M. Patton’s Photographs: War As He Saw It. Canada: Potomac Books Inc., 2006.
The photographs show what Patton saw through his own eyes during World War II.
Patton, George S. War As I Knew It. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1947.
Patton’s memoirs provide an in depth view of his life, from his perspective. His memoirs should provide an avenue into the reasoning behind Patton’s decisions.
Suid, Lawrence H. Guts & Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film. Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 2002.
Suid provides a history of the relationship between US Military and Hollywood, and how it has changed over the years. It also shows how George C. Scott, Frank McCarthy, and Franklin Schaffner agreed and disagreed on how to portray Patton in the film.
Zaloga, Steven J. George S. Patton. China: Osprey Publishing, 2010.
Zaloga describes Patton’s strategies and battlefield tactics and focuses on the breakout from Normandy.
– Michael G.
Just testing the new blog!
Is Little Mermaid Historically Accurate?
This is just a test
Testing 1, 2, 3