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Patton 360 Premieres Friday, April 10 at 9pm ET on History
The 10-part series uses "cutting-edge animation, archival footage, and interviews with veterans of Patton's Army to immerse viewers into the battles of World War II."

[via press release from History]

Putting viewers right in the middle of the action with one of the most complicated and aggressive military men of all time, General George S. Patton charges through the gate in...

PATTON 360 Premieres Friday, April 10 at 9pm ET on HISTORY�

New York, April, 2009� They called him "Old Blood and Guts." Brash and brutal, feared and fearless, and decidedly not politically correct, General George S. Patton, Jr. was perhaps one of America's most controversial World War II patriots. Now, a new HISTORY� series explores this larger-than-life military icon in PATTON 360, an action-packed 10-part series premiering Friday, April 10 at 9pm ET on HISTORY.

PATTON 360 marches in on the heels of the fast-paced hit series BATTLE 360, using cutting-edge animation, archival footage, and interviews with veterans of Patton's Army to immerse viewers into the battles of World War II. Following Patton's battle trail through two continents, we see the war as Patton and his hard-fighting troops did, from the fox holes of North Africa to the battlefields of Normandy to the horrors of Nazi prison camps.

Each episode offers insight into the conflicts Patton faced � on the battlefield and off � throughout his colorful career. Upcoming episodes of the series include:

Blood & Guts (North Africa, November - December 1942)

Premieres Friday, April 10 at 9pm ET

Patton's forces embark on the road to Germany by invading North Africa. Pro-Nazi French forces put up surprisingly strong resistance on land, at sea, and in the air. After three days of intense fighting, a cease-fire is declared, and Patton triumphantly enters the port city of Casablanca. But bigger battles with the German Army loom on the horizon.

Rommel's Last Stand (North Africa, February � May 1943)

Premieres Friday, April 17 at 9pm ET

When the Germans deliver a humiliating defeat to American forces under the command of General Lloyd Fredendall at Kasserine Pass, Eisenhower appoints Patton to take charge. "Old Blood and Guts" whips the poorly-trained troops into shape, leading them to victory at the Battle of El Guettar. With the Axis forces in full retreat, Patton and the Allies push the enemy off the continent and declare victory in North Africa.

Baptism of Blood (Sicily, July 1943)

Premieres Friday, April 24 at 9pm ET

Patton is given command of the Seventh Army as the Allies prepare to invade Sicily. Known as Operation Husky, the combined amphibious and airborne assault is the largest invasion of the war to date. Despite a surprise counter-attack by Italian tanks, Patton and his allies successfully hold the beaches and prepare to push inland.

Rogue General (Sicily, July - September 1943)

Premieres Friday, May 1 at 9pm ET

Frustrated by the slow progress of his British allies, Patton ignores orders to stay by their side and pushes on to capture Palermo. The Seventh Army prepares to assault Messina and liberate the besieged city before the British do. But instead of a hero's welcome at Messina, Patton is relieved of command for slapping two shell-shocked soldiers. His battlefield command days may be over.

American Blitzkrieg (England/France, September 1943 - July 1944)

Premieres Friday, May 8 at 9pm ET

Patton's victories in Sicily are overshadowed by the infamous "slapping incident." Instead of leading the D-Day invasion of France, Patton is assigned to command a fictitious army in England as part of a ruse to fool the Germans. The deception pays off, and the Allies land on the beaches of Normandy. Patton helps plan the break-out from the weeks-long battle, and American armored forces blast through the German lines. Patton is finally able to lead some of the lightning-fast armored assaults he is famous for.

Leading the Charge (France, August 1944)

Premieres Friday, May 15 at 9pm ET

As American forces tear through western France, Patton's superiors order him to stop before completely trapping an entire German Army. The Third Army reaches the outskirts of Paris, but Patton is denied the glory of liberating the city when the Free French Army is chosen instead to enter the city first. Patton's men engage in street fighting in the city of Troyes and, by the end of the summer, advance to within 60 miles of the German border.

PATTON 360 is produced for HISTORY by Flight 33 Productions. Executive producer for HISTORY is Carl H. Lindahl.

HISTORY� and HISTORY HD� are the leading destinations for revealing, award-winning original non-fiction series and event-driven specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of historical genres ranging from military history to contemporary history, technology to natural history, as well as science, archaeology and pop culture. Among the network's program offerings are hit series such as Ax Men, Battle 360, The Universe, Cities of The Underworld and Ice Road Truckers, as well as acclaimed specials including 102 Minutes That Changed America, King, Life After People, 1968 with Tom Brokaw, Nostradamus: 2012 and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed. HISTORY has earned four Peabody Awards, four Primetime Emmy� Awards, 12 News & Documentary Emmy� Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's Save Our History� campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. Take a Veteran to School Day is the network's latest initiative connecting America's schools and communities with veterans from all wars. The HISTORY web site, located at www.history.com, is the definitive historical online source that delivers entertaining and informative content featuring broadband video, interactive timelines, maps, games, podcasts and more.

  [april 2009]  


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