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To: neocon1984
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Patton aspired to be the Commander at West Point after the war ... IIRC ...

General "Beetle" (?????) (Patton's nemisis as seen in the movie) was "not" invited to Patton's funeral ...


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Patton's chief contributions in World War II ?


1) Patton led a defeated and demoralized American Army to victory against Rommel in North Africa


2) Patton pulled a brilliant tactical move against the Germans in Sicilcy ... which ...


3) Caused the Germans to FEAR Patton so much that Eisenhower was able to (successfully) use Patton as a Decoy for the Normandy invasion ...

Honestly, had not Rommel's genuis and his armored divions been (foolishly) been left behind at Calais ... Normandy would have been another Gallopi ...


4) Patton's brillant (again) Blitzkrieg attacks against the Germans (after Normandy) paved the way to an Allied victiry ...


5) Finally, Patton's guts and genius saved the 101st Airborne's (glorious) behinds at Bastogne ...


6) Last, but NOT least, Patton was the ONLY World War general with the "brains" and non-PC attitude to write and mass-distribute the famous "Bastogne Prayer" ... whose successful clearing of the skies allowed the US Army Airforce to decimate the German forces ...

General Patton "clearly" acknowledged the Lordship of The Almighty in this event ...


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General Patton was the kind of man that Americans will "always" want to follow into battle ...


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43 posted on 12/19/2010 1:11:55 PM PST by Patton@Bastogne
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To: Patton@Bastogne

I’ve got a copy of that prayer in my wallet. It was given to me by Patton’s granddaughter at a dinner in Luxembourg celebrating the 60th anniversary of VE day. My Dad, who served in Patton’s Ghost Troops, still has his original. You should have seen the look on her face when she offered him a copy, only to have him reach into his wallet and pull out his original!

The war museum in Bastogne is amazing.

For anyone who hasn’t read the entire card:

Back Side:


HEADQUARTERS
THIRD UNITED STATES ARMY

To each officer and soldier in the Third United States Army. I wish a Merry Christmas. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We march in our might to complete victory. May God’s blessing rest upon each of you on the Christmas Day.

G. S. Patton, JR.
Lieutenant General,
Commanding, Third United States Army

Front Side:


PRAYER

Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish Thy justice amoung men and nations.

Amen.


59 posted on 12/19/2010 1:41:12 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: Patton@Bastogne
General Patton was the kind of man that Americans will "always" want to follow into battle ...

Well, yes and no. I admire his aggressive use of shock and speed. I admire his 'American-ness'. I admire him seeing through the Soviets.

I don't admire his insistence on neckties and shined boots and fresh shaves and the rest of the drill-field BS that he forced on his men. Field hygiene yes, by all means- but Patton took it into the realm of the absurd.

64 posted on 12/19/2010 1:49:03 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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