No. 181 – General Blood ‘N’ Nuts

Patton photo courtesy Associated Press

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Leader of the Legion of the Damned, General Blood ‘N’ Nuts, drawn by Mike McMahon from prog 83’s (1978) Judge Dredd story The Cursed Earth (progs 6185) written by Pat Mills [this episode] v U.S. General George S. Patton (1885–1945)

General George Smith Patton Jr. commanded the U.S. Seventh Army of the U.S. Army in the Mediterranean and European theatres of the Second World War (1939–1945), but is best known for his leadership of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

It was around this time that the US press began calling Patton “General Blood and Guts,” having heard him claim in a speech that it took “blood and brains” to win a war, and the nickname would follow him for the rest of his life. Although Patton was widely admired by the soldiers under his charge, some were known to quip bitterly, “our blood, his guts.”

Gen. Patton was immortalised in the eponymous 1970 film Patton (20th Century Fox, 1970), which won seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for George C. Scott (1927–1999).

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