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Lemon Sucker

US General Omar Bradley comes over rather well in the film Patton. Actor Karl Malden portrayed him as like able and competent, a decent and sympathetic character. This would come as no surprise to anyone who had read Bradley's wartime memoir "A Soldier's Story". It seemed very fair and balanced. Though, it did seem odd that nearly every photo I'd seen of Bradley showed a man apparently sucking hard and intently on lemon. Then I read Bradley's redo of "A Soldier's Story" - called "A General's Life".  He should have left well alone. In the second book he comes across as a bitter twisted crank. It turns out "A Soldier's Story" was written by one of Bradley's aides. Bradley had a lot questions to answer regarding his handling of the early phases of the Battle of the Bulge and the bloodbath that was the Huertgen Forrest campaign. So, why was the portrayal of Bradley in the film Patton so wide of the mark? It turns out Bradley was the film's main technical advisor. Churchill was smart enough to get his version of the Second World War into print as quickly as possible, but even he wasn't as movie savvy as Sad Omar.


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