Posted by: philipmartin | November 21, 2009

More Backstage Photos from the Lipizzaner Horse Performance for General Patton, 1945

Here are several more photos taken by PFC Frank Wayne Martin, working backstage during the famous performance given for General George S. Patton and members of his staff in May, 1945.

Lipizzan horses backstage, May 1945, ready to perform for General Patton

Head shot of one of the Lipizzan horses, May 1945, ready to perform for General Patton, at St. Martin's, Austria

Note the staff cars lined up in the background in the next photo, as one of the riders moves forward on the left, hidden the shadowed canopy of trees.

Lipizzan horses backstage, May 1945, ready to perform for General Patton

Lipizzan horse and rider, backstage, with Third Army staff cars in background, May 1945, at St. Martin's, Austria

Here’s a good shot of one of the riders entering or returning from the performance area:

Lipizzan horses backstage, May 1945, ready to perform for General Patton

Mounted rider at a trot on a Lipizzan horse, backstage, May 1945, ready to perform for General Patton, at St. Martin's, Austria

All these shots were taken backstage, where PFC Martin was keeping an eye on the riders to make sure they were safe and no problems occurred to mar this historic performance for General Patton and others, after their efforts to save the Lippizan horses at the end of World War II from any danger.

The story of PFC Martin’s role in the event is found in the book:

Patton’s Lucky Scout
The Adventures of a Forward Observer
for General Patton and the Third Army in Europe

by Frank Wayne Martin, with Nancy Martin
Crickhollow Books, October 2009
(a World War II memoir)
paperback, 308 pages, $18.95 (click on the title above to order)

But the book does not contain any photos; instead, we are placing them on this blog, in batches. More to come soon!

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  1. Phillip~

    I found this site through your comment here. I am researching the story of the Lipizzaner horses, particularly the rescue of the horses from the Piber stud that had been moved by the German to Hostau. I would very much like to communicate with you on what I might learn from Mr. Martin’s book, and any possible information which was not included.

  2. COULD YOU CHECK YOUR RECORDS AND SEE IF Y0U MIGHT HAVE A PICTURE OF MY GRANDPA COL. CHARLES EARL LARKIN. DURING THE WAR HE WAS GENERAL PATTONS SUPPLY OFFICER. HE WAS WITH HIM IN ITLALY AND WAS WITH HIM ON THE DRIVE TO GERMANY. AFTER THE WAR HE WAS IN CHARGE OF DESIGNING OUR CEMITARIES AND SHIPPING HOME THOSE WHO HAD FAMILIES.

    HE WAS VERY PROULD OF THE LUXINBURG CEMITARY, WERE GENERAL PATTON NOW RESTS, OF COUSE ITS JUST HIS BODY THATS AT REST HE IS VERY BUSY ON THE OTHER SIDE.

    • Sorry but most of Wayne’s pictures are of his unit, mostly enlisted men. He has a nice collection of bombed out building shots. My favorites are of course the Lippizan pictures.

      You must be very proud of your grandfather. If he is still around give him a hug from me. Being a supply officer for General Patton had to be a very big challenge. Patton streached his lines past the breaking point time and time again. The work on the cemetaries was equally important. You probably know that the people of Luxembourg continue to annually honor the fallen solidiers on the grounds your grandfather designed.


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