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    General Pattons command car up for sale.

    Every so often the lightning-quick chant of an auctioneer dictates the sale of an item that, if it could speak, would yield a limitless stream of captivating stories. One such item, a Dodge WC-57 Command Car, will be up for auction in Auburn, Indiana, on June 13.
    The Command Car, a line of military vehicles manufactured between 1942 and 1945 and the predecessor of the post-war Dodge Power Wagon, would have been a noteworthy item in its own right. This one, however, was personally used during World War II by Gen. George S. Patton.


    WWII Command Car up for auction — previous owner: Gen. Patton

    Honestly, as memorabilia goes, this one is museum worthy.
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    Re: General Pattons command car up for sale.

    The British made fun of us for putting machine guns on everything.

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    Re: General Pattons command car up for sale.

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    Re: General Pattons command car up for sale.

    Although not the same Patton vehicle mentioned in the OP, there are conflicting accounts as to the staff car on display @ Ft. Knox.


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    Re: General Pattons command car up for sale.

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    The British made fun of us for putting machine guns on everything.
    Have you seen the SAS vehicles from WWII?

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    Re: General Pattons command car up for sale.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rexedgar View Post
    Although not the same Patton vehicle mentioned in the OP, there are conflicting accounts as to the staff car on display @ Ft. Knox.


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    I've seen that car many times. I didn't know it was still at the museum there. I was under the impression that many exhibits were moved when Ft Knox lost the Armor School to Benning.

    There are some doubts that car is authentic?

    Edit: Oh I see that the museum name is now the Patton Museum of Leadership. I'm thinking the exhibits they lost were probably some of their armor displays.
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    Re: General Pattons command car up for sale.

    My father served directly under Gen. Patton in North Africa, Italy and later France as a US Marine Liaison Officer. He had been on guard duty at the US Embassy in Switzerland when Germany declared war on the US after Pearl Harbor. Patton had a fondness for personal firearms and vehicles, often maintaining varieties of each. He had no single command car, he had many, and often was seen by his troops in every day Jeeps and half tracks from the motor pool. This could have been one of his many vehicles, whether he used it for a day, a week, a month, whatever is anyone's guess. He had also experimented with small planes, flying over battlefields issuing orders by radio. He told us, his children, the general was often where he wasn't supposed to be and no one knew how he got there, magic. A flair for the melodramatic accouterments of war.
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