franco b wrote:We had already been at war for over a year before the German defeat at Stalingrad.
Patton was alone in the back of his limo when it struck a truck that turned into the path of the limo. He was not "taken out". His recommendation was that we arm the German pow's and send them to fight the Russians, not invade Russia.
By January 23rd of 1943 the Germans were whipped and defeated in Stalingrad, and were in terminal retreat from the Russians. The US invasion of Sicily began on July 10th of 1943, and the invasion of mainland Italy began on Sept. 3rd. 1943. Granted we were at war since Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, but our involvement in the European theater came much later.
And if the Russians knew that Patton was invading their nation with USA re-supplied Germans, they would not justifiably declare war against the USA as a result? Our troops assuredly would have been involved at some juncture.