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Gen. Patton's Speech (PROFANITY-Complete and uncensored)
G.S. Patton ^ | June 5, 1944

Posted on 05/30/2006 8:20:05 AM PDT by 300magnum

"Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullshit. Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight.

When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American."

The General paused and looked over the crowd. "You are not all going to die," he said slowly. "Only two percent of you right here today would die in a major battle. Death must not be feared. Death, in time, comes to all men. Yes, every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he's not, he's a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are. The real hero is the man who fights even though he is scared. Some men get over their fright in a minute under fire. For some, it takes an hour. For some, it takes days. But a real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. Battle is the most magnificent competition in which a human being can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base. Americans pride themselves on being He Men and they ARE He Men. Remember that the enemy is just as frightened as you are, and probably more so. They are not supermen."

"All through your Army careers, you men have bitched about what you call "chicken shit drilling". That, like everything else in this Army, has a definite purpose. That purpose is alertness. Alertness must be bred into every soldier. I don't give a fuck for a man who's not always on his toes. You men are veterans or you wouldn't be here. You are ready for what's to come. A man must be alert at all times if he expects to stay alive. If you're not alert, sometime, a German son-of-an-asshole-bitch is going to sneak up behind you and beat you to death with a sockful of shit!" The men roared in agreement.

Patton's grim expression did not change. "There are four hundred neatly marked graves somewhere in Sicily", he roared into the microphone, "All because one man went to sleep on the job". He paused and the men grew silent. "But they are German graves, because we caught the bastard asleep before they did".

The General clutched the microphone tightly, his jaw out-thrust, and he continued, "An Army is a team. It lives, sleeps, eats, and fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is pure horse shit. The bilious bastards who write that kind of stuff for the Saturday Evening Post don't know any more about real fighting under fire than they know about fucking!"

The men slapped their legs and rolled in glee. This was Patton as the men had imagined him to be, and in rare form, too. He hadn't let them down. He was all that he was cracked up to be, and more. He had IT!

"We have the finest food, the finest equipment, the best spirit, and the best men in the world", Patton bellowed. He lowered his head and shook it pensively. Suddenly he snapped erect, faced the men belligerently and thundered, "Why, by God, I actually pity those poor sons-of-bitches we're going up against. By God, I do". The men clapped and howled delightedly. There would be many a barracks tale about the "Old Man's" choice phrases. They would become part and parcel of Third Army's history and they would become the bible of their slang.

"My men don't surrender", Patton continued, "I don't want to hear of any soldier under my command being captured unless he has been hit. Even if you are hit, you can still fight back. That's not just bull shit either. The kind of man that I want in my command is just like the lieutenant in Libya, who, with a Luger against his chest, jerked off his helmet, swept the gun aside with one hand, and busted the hell out of the Kraut with his helmet. Then he jumped on the gun and went out and killed another German before they knew what the hell was coming off. And, all of that time, this man had a bullet through a lung. There was a real man!"

Patton stopped and the crowd waited. He continued more quietly, "All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters, either. Every single man in this Army plays a vital role. Don't ever let up. Don't ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain. What if every truck driver suddenly decided that he didn't like the whine of those shells overhead, turned yellow, and jumped headlong into a ditch? The cowardly bastard could say, "Hell, they won't miss me, just one man in thousands". But, what if every man thought that way? Where in the hell would we be now? What would our country, our loved ones, our homes, even the world, be like? No, Goddamnit, Americans don't think like that. Every man does his job. Every man serves the whole. Every department, every unit, is important in the vast scheme of this war. The ordnance men are needed to supply the guns and machinery of war to keep us rolling. The Quartermaster is needed to bring up food and clothes because where we are going there isn't a hell of a lot to steal. Every last man on K.P. has a job to do, even the one who heats our water to keep us from getting the 'G.I. Shits'."

Patton paused, took a deep breath, and continued, "Each man must not think only of himself, but also of his buddy fighting beside him. We don't want yellow cowards in this Army. They should be killed off like rats. If not, they will go home after this war and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men. Kill off the Goddamned cowards and we will have a nation of brave men. One of the bravest men that I ever saw was a fellow on top of a telegraph pole in the midst of a furious fire fight in Tunisia. I stopped and asked what the hell he was doing up there at a time like that. He answered, "Fixing the wire, Sir". I asked, "Isn't that a little unhealthy right about now?" He answered, "Yes Sir, but the Goddamned wire has to be fixed". I asked, "Don't those planes strafing the road bother you? And he answered, "No, Sir, but you sure as hell do!" Now, there was a real man. A real soldier. There was a man who devoted all he had to his duty, no matter how seemingly insignificant his duty might appear at the time, no matter how great the odds. And you should have seen those trucks on the road to Tunisia. Those drivers were magnificent. All day and all night they rolled over those son-of-a-bitching roads, never stopping, never faltering from their course, with shells bursting all around them all of the time. We got through on good old American guts. Many of those men drove for over forty consecutive hours. These men weren't combat men, but they were soldiers with a job to do. They did it, and in one hell of a way they did it. They were part of a team. Without team effort, without them, the fight would have been lost. All of the links in the chain pulled together and the chain became unbreakable."

The General paused and stared challengingly over the silent ocean of men. One could have heard a pin drop anywhere on that vast hillside. The only sound was the stirring of the breeze in the leaves of the bordering trees and the busy chirping of the birds in the branches of the trees at the General's left.

"Don't forget," Patton barked, "you men don't know that I'm here. No mention of that fact is to be made in any letters. The world is not supposed to know what the hell happened to me. I'm not supposed to be commanding this Army. I'm not even supposed to be here in England. Let the first bastards to find out be the Goddamned Germans. Some day I want to see them raise up on their piss-soaked hind legs and howl, 'Jesus Christ, it's the Goddamned Third Army again and that son-of-a-fucking-bitch Patton'."

"We want to get the hell over there", Patton continued, "The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit."

The men roared approval and cheered delightedly. This statement had real significance behind it. Much more than met the eye and the men instinctively sensed the fact. They knew that they themselves were going to play a very great part in the making of world history. They were being told as much right now. Deep sincerity and seriousness lay behind the General's colorful words. The men knew and understood it. They loved the way he put it, too, as only he could.

Patton continued quietly, "Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin", he yelled, "I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!"

"When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a German will get to him eventually. The hell with that idea. The hell with taking it. My men don't dig foxholes. I don't want them to. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. And don't give the enemy time to dig one either. We'll win this war, but we'll win it only by fighting and by showing the Germans that we've got more guts than they have; or ever will have. We're not going to just shoot the sons-of-bitches, we're going to rip out their living Goddamned guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun cocksuckers by the bushel-fucking-basket. War is a bloody, killing business. You've got to spill their blood, or they will spill yours. Rip them up the belly. Shoot them in the guts. When shells are hitting all around you and you wipe the dirt off your face and realize that instead of dirt it's the blood and guts of what once was your best friend beside you, you'll know what to do!"

"I don't want to get any messages saying, "I am holding my position." We are not holding a Goddamned thing. Let the Germans do that. We are advancing constantly and we are not interested in holding onto anything, except the enemy's balls. We are going to twist his balls and kick the living shit out of him all of the time. Our basic plan of operation is to advance and to keep on advancing regardless of whether we have to go over, under, or through the enemy. We are going to go through him like crap through a goose; like shit through a tin horn!"

"From time to time there will be some complaints that we are pushing our people too hard. I don't give a good Goddamn about such complaints. I believe in the old and sound rule that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood. The harder WE push, the more Germans we will kill. The more Germans we kill, the fewer of our men will be killed. Pushing means fewer casualties. I want you all to remember that."

The General paused. His eagle like eyes swept over the hillside. He said with pride, "There is one great thing that you men will all be able to say after this war is over and you are home once again. You may be thankful that twenty years from now when you are sitting by the fireplace with your grandson on your knee and he asks you what you did in the great World War II, you WON'T have to cough, shift him to the other knee and say, "Well, your Granddaddy shoveled shit in Louisiana." No, Sir, you can look him straight in the eye and say, "Son, your Granddaddy rode with the Great Third Army and a Son-of-a-Goddamned-Bitch named Georgie Patton!"

Ahh, I feel much better! See Ya!


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: georgespatton; godsgravesglyphs; memorialday; patton

1 posted on 05/30/2006 8:20:08 AM PDT by 300magnum
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To: 300magnum
This is the kind of man I'd want to lead me into battle.

Too bad the command ranks of the military today don't have more like him.


2 posted on 05/30/2006 8:25:07 AM PDT by Crispus Attucks Patriot
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To: 300magnum

Remember, this is the same Patton who expeditiously tried and executed four soldiers accused, then convicted, of raping Italian women in Sicily. He was merciless to his enemies, but did not brook breakdowns in the military code of honor.


3 posted on 05/30/2006 8:26:07 AM PDT by LS
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To: LS

He also "lost" the courtmartial paper work for some of his soldiers who had executed concentration camp prison guards.

Wish I could find the story, but I am glad he did.......


4 posted on 05/30/2006 8:36:13 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Seeking the truth here folks.)
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To: Crispus Attucks Patriot

Unfortunately in today's climate any generals who expressed even 1/2 of the sentiment that this great American did would be fired. It wasn't too long ago that USAF Gen. Michael Dugan was fired for saying we would bomb Iraq back into the Stone Age (Gulf War I - fired by then SecDef Cheney).


5 posted on 05/30/2006 8:37:11 AM PDT by Romanov
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To: Crispus Attucks Patriot

This was the same Patton who was injured and paralyzed in a car accident (and later died), an accident that to this day leaves many questions unanswered.

He was not a political general, like Ike and so many others. He himself stated many times that he had no political aspirations after the war. He also stated numerous times that he wanted to resign his commission and go home and tell the American people what was really giong on.

And so when his usefulness to the Allied cause ended, he is fatally injured in a car crash.

Remember, Ike had presidential aspirations by this time.


6 posted on 05/30/2006 8:37:42 AM PDT by fredhead (The greatest privilege of citizenship is to be able to freely bear arms under one's country's flag.)
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To: 300magnum
And to think that the likes of Clinton,Clinton,Carter,Kennedy (not Jack),Kerry and Dean have so much contempt for Gen Patton.
7 posted on 05/30/2006 8:39:46 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: fredhead
Aw,c'mon.So Ike killed Patton?

Geeze!

8 posted on 05/30/2006 8:41:07 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: 300magnum

Wow,tell us how you REALLY feel,General!


9 posted on 05/30/2006 8:46:18 AM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: 300magnum
THIS is a leader.

Please note, there is no mention of "cultural sensitivity" in any of his remarks.

10 posted on 05/30/2006 8:46:51 AM PDT by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: Crispus Attucks Patriot

Too bad the command ranks of the military today don't have more like him.

***

There would be, if we would stop allowing politicians to run wars.


11 posted on 05/30/2006 8:47:47 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: 300magnum
My favorite all time great General Patton. I have studied and read every thing I could find about is man, and it is all really most interesting. He meant what he said, and said what he meant. Unfortunately, he was in the right army at the wrong time, and was constantly treated like a castoff by the upper echelon of the services. When they had serious problems though, we now know who they called to get things off dead center. What a man he must have been! What a fine leader he was. He would be fired within a week in today's army, and that is a real shame.
12 posted on 05/30/2006 9:05:32 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: PeterPrinciple

The officer was Lt. Bushyhead. If you google Lt. Bushyhead a lot of articles come up about the incident. I read a book on it, and according to the book General Patton asked him if he was responsible. Lt. Bushyhead admitted responsibility. General Patton tore up the court martial paperwork but told Lt. Bushyhead not to do it again.


13 posted on 05/30/2006 9:15:40 AM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: 300magnum

I had his granddaughter as a teacher in some professional classes. She would have made a great general. In other words, she was a real B****! LOL!


14 posted on 05/30/2006 9:20:11 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: Darth Reagan

ping


15 posted on 05/30/2006 9:21:44 AM PDT by marblehead17 (I love it when a plan comes together.)
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To: 300magnum
Kill off the Goddamned cowards and we will have a nation of brave men.

I think we forgot to do this.

16 posted on 05/30/2006 9:29:59 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Romanov

err - Dugan also said the USAF could do it alone, didn't need the Army, etc.

But then, Dugan was (for that matter, still is ) a dumba$$.


17 posted on 05/30/2006 9:33:46 AM PDT by ASOC (Choose between the lesser of two evils and in the end, you still have, well, evil.)
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To: ASOC

Dugan is a dumba$$? ARe you sure you're not confusing him with Merril McPeak? Dugan was a good general - and a fantastic USAFE commander.


18 posted on 05/30/2006 9:41:55 AM PDT by Romanov
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To: 300magnum

Great post! Thanks for the lift!


19 posted on 05/30/2006 9:46:29 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: HIDEK6

I like his quote that (absent the juicy very descriptive words) goes something like: "Your job is not to go out and die for your country. Your job is to get the other SOB to die for his country!"


20 posted on 05/30/2006 9:47:43 AM PDT by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: Crispus Attucks Patriot

If the press even in WWII attacked Patton for slapping a soldier, imagine what today's MSM would have done to Patton.


21 posted on 05/30/2006 9:48:51 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: fredhead
an accident that to this day leaves many questions unanswered.

I thought "Brass Target" answered all of those questions. (/sarcasm)

22 posted on 05/30/2006 9:50:21 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: Gay State Conservative
"Aw,c'mon.So Ike killed Patton?"

Sounds unlikely to me also.

I remember something from somewhere. Maybe it was the movie (fiction). Patton wanted the US tanks to roll on to Moscow, and presumably our commie allies did him in. It would be good to have solid information. But I will settle for hokey conspiracy theories if labeled as such.
23 posted on 05/30/2006 9:57:33 AM PDT by ChessExpert (MSM: America's one party press)
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To: PeterPrinciple

""He also "lost" the courtmartial paper work for some of his soldiers who had executed concentration camp prison guards. ""

Good thing. My Grandfather was an MP in Patton's Third Army and was of those who took care of these guards. Of his actions, he had no regrets whatsoever.


24 posted on 05/30/2006 9:59:19 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: fatnotlazy
You're absolutely right. People like Patton and Hackworth have no place in today's Army because today's army is run by those politicians because Politicians and Political Correctness are, I believe, the natural enemies of true soldiers who'll tell it like they see it.
25 posted on 05/30/2006 10:02:08 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.)
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To: 300magnum

Quite a bit to admire about the man - efforts to turn his Army for the Battle of the Bulge, lowest casultiy rate of all combat arms ETO, laid the groundwork for much of what we call modern logistics, and on and on.

One history of Patton
http://www.freeinfosociety.com/site.php?postnum=517
covers most all of his life and times.


26 posted on 05/30/2006 10:02:24 AM PDT by ASOC (Choose between the lesser of two evils and in the end, you still have, well, evil.)
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To: 300magnum

Why did they leave this speech out of the movie? Time for a remake with R. Lee Ermey. He even looks more like Patton than George C. Scott.


27 posted on 05/30/2006 10:19:18 AM PDT by LZ_Bayonet
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To: 300magnum

Thanks for posting this. My grandfather was in the Third Army. I've always wanted to ask him about the war, but have never dared. Yes, I have bits of his history from conversations here and there...but I really should be more forthright and just ask. The man is 83 years old; he won't be around forever.


28 posted on 05/30/2006 10:30:08 AM PDT by jnygrl
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To: OneWingedShark

You're absolutely right. People like Patton and Hackworth have no place in today's Army because today's army is run by those politicians because Politicians and Political Correctness are, I believe, the natural enemies of true soldiers who'll tell it like they see it.

Not certain how you can use Patton and Hackworth in the same sentence, one being a warrior and the other a political hack.


29 posted on 05/30/2006 10:30:24 AM PDT by newcthem (When are our congress-men going to start getting paid in Pesos?)
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To: newcthem

Easy, Hackworth told it like he saw it. The politically motivated don't want to hear anything that isn't conducive to their own worldview, and if it clashes with that then they get really upset.

For example, awhile back we were on a homland security mission and this one motor sergaent kept deadlining vehicles, while the commander (in order to look good and have as many active patrols concurrently as he could) kept signing them back into use because the vehicile was still running. And in the end that caused a lot of damage to the vehicles (like a blown transmission) because the mechanics weren't able to fix the problems while they were still small and (relitively) easy to repair.


30 posted on 05/30/2006 11:33:41 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.)
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To: Crispus Attucks Patriot

bump


31 posted on 05/30/2006 1:47:07 PM PDT by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: LZ_Bayonet

They didn't (at least the version that showed at the theaters)... now I don't know about when it plays on TV... I saw it when it first came out and it was there with the appropriate profanity.


32 posted on 05/30/2006 1:54:52 PM PDT by bosshog
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To: HIDEK6
The VN War era brought out a cult coward worship that was allowed to fester and corrupt a second generation which now wants the USA broken down. With America weak and out of the picture, any Tom, Dick, and Harry tin horn dictator will develop or buy real WMDs and hold us hostage. No thanks. These people are snare in our foot path
33 posted on 05/30/2006 2:07:04 PM PDT by oyez (Appeasement is insanity)
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To: 300magnum

Cannot forget General Black Pershing and his dealings with pirates (islamic).


34 posted on 05/30/2006 2:07:51 PM PDT by CORedneck
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To: 300magnum

Patton's speech is classic but my favorite is still St. Crispians Day.

Words by : William Shakespere
(From King Henry V: Act IV, Scene III)

Proclaim it Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put in his purse:
We would not die in that mans company,
That fears his fellowship to die with us,
This day call'd the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbors,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian':
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say, 'These wounds I had on Saint Crispians day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages,
What feats he did that day; then shall our names,
Familliar in his mouth as household words,
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispian Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered:
We few we, happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother: be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And Gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispians day.


35 posted on 05/30/2006 2:09:26 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: PeterPrinciple

"Wish I could find the story, but I am glad he did......."


http://www.fpp.co.uk/Auschwitz/Dachau/David_Israel.html


36 posted on 05/30/2006 2:20:33 PM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: TET1968
I too love the St. Crispians speech, but it's a hard act to follow Patton's!
37 posted on 05/30/2006 2:29:45 PM PDT by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: LZ_Bayonet

The movie started with this speech (cleaned up and shortened). Remember the music and the really big flag.


38 posted on 05/30/2006 2:31:34 PM PDT by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: 300magnum
We still have great leaders like Patton and an army of hard-assed fighting men like the men he commanded - the difference is, in Patton's time most of the general public supported men like him and his objectives - today, the general public wets itself when someone ties a *&@#! pantie on somebody's head.
39 posted on 05/30/2006 2:35:03 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Support American sovereignty - boycott employers of illegal aliens)
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To: reagan_fanatic
The public today only thinks, feels, and expresses what is acceptable to our masters, the MSM.

And if our public officials and even us, get out of line in any way, they will destroy your reputation, and your livelihood.
40 posted on 05/30/2006 2:46:07 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: newcthem
>>>>"Not certain how you can use Patton and Hackworth in the same sentence, one being a warrior and the other a political hack"<<<<<

(((He was a "Backstabbing" Political Hack, (May he Rest in Peace), and I Salute his beyond Outstanding Service to our Nation, towards the end I just agreed with him less and less)))
41 posted on 05/30/2006 6:18:01 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: CORedneck
>>>>"Cannot forget General Black Pershing and his dealings with pirates (islamic)"<<<<

His dealings with those South of our Border were memorable as well.

TT
42 posted on 05/30/2006 6:20:40 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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