Patton 360 2009 | TV Show Watchlist
A 10-part series following the general's military campaigns.
Premiered: April 10, 2009
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With the German Army again in full retreat, Patton and his men are ordered to break through the vaunted Siegfried Line and cross into Germany. Once again, Patton steals the thunder from the British, beating them to the Rhine River on March 3rd. The Third Army surges into southern Germany, but a few weeks later Patton's secret mission to rescue American POWs behind enemy lines goes horribly wrong. On April 11th Patton and his men witness the horrors of Nazi Germans when they liberate the Buchenwald death camp. The Third Reich finally collapses on May 8th, 1945. But before the year is over Patton dies of injuries from a car accident in post-war Germany.
As Patton's men prepare to cross the Rhine River into Germany, other American units in Belgium are completely shattered by a German counterattack, kicking off the Battle of the Bulge. Patton is called on to rush to the rescue. The small city of Bastogne quickly becomes the centerpiece of the campaign as American troops struggle to hold their ground. Despite the worst weather in 20 years, Patton's Third Army races northward, smashing through the German lines and relieving the beleaguered defenders of Bastogne.
The slow but brutal slugfest in Lorraine continues as Patton orders his men to take the heavily fortified city of Metz. The thick forts that surround the city and the castle-like walls around Metz prove to be more than a match for American armor, and the siege goes on for weeks. Ammunition supplies run so low that Patton's men resort to using captured German shells. After commencing the largest artillery barrage in Third Army's history, the Americans finally subdue the city's defenders on November 21st.
Patton's blitzkrieg is so successful that his army outruns its own supply lines. Despite being short on fuel and ammunition, he invades the province of Lorraine, hoping to cross into Germany before Christmas. But delays from the fuel shortages have given the Germans time to regroup. Stubborn German defenses at the Moselle River are finally crushed, and the Third Army captures the key city of Nancy. Then Adolph Hitler demands that his generals launch a major counterattack and a furious tank battle erupts near the town of Arracourt. Despite the inferiority of their tanks, the Americans emerge triumphant. But Patton remains stuck in Lorraine, just a few miles closer to Germany than he was at the beginning of the month.
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- Premiered: April 10, 2009
- Rating: TV-PG
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- Premise: A 10-part series following the general's military campaigns. (more)
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