General George Patton's 3rd Army personal Guidon 12 x 21 in (30 x 54 cm)

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Lot 224
General George Patton's 3rd Army personal Guidon
12 x 21 in (30 x 54 cm)

Sold for US$ 37,500 inc. premium

World War II

5 Jun 2014, 10:00 EDT

New York

General George Patton's 3rd Army personal Guidon
a cavalry style small guidon in swallow tail style, with yellow upper panel and red lower, upper decorated "3" with a tank and crossed swords, the lower panel with three stars and lettered Gen. George Patton, leather tabs inside the hoist for securing the guidon flag, designed to be mounted to a Jeep, evidence of soiling and use.

The personal guidon of General George Patton, one of the most charismatic and successful generals of World War II. Due to disagreements with Eisenhower, Patton sat out the D-Day invasion, watching over a mock army arranged in fields in Kent while the real invasion took place from the southern ports. By August 1st, he had landed in Normandy in charge of the 3rd Army, a tank Army whose task was to push his forces in a large armored column through the German lines. He assisted in capturing the German army in the Falaise pocket, prosecuted the Lorraine campaign, assisted in the Battle of the Bulge, and then advanced along southern Germany, and Austria and then spin north to Berlin. His army achieved all its objectives, driven on by a man intent on proving his worth in the field. By the time of the surrender of Germany in May 1945, his 3rd army had traveled thousands of miles, took over or recaptured hundreds of towns and released many POW and concentration camp victims. His unfortunate demise in a car accident in December 1945 has often been considered more than an accident. Without Patton on the southern flank, the northern thrust for Berlin across the Rhine would not have been as effective.

This guidon must have flown from his jeep, particularly and especially when he was parading through towns as the victorious 3rd Army.

12 x 21 in (30 x 54 cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    - Acquired from a 3rd army veteran, from Philadelphia, in the 1960s
    - The War Museum
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