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  • Ike's Son Remembers George S. Patton Jr.

    12/22/2013 10:26:40 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 23 replies
    American Heritage Magazine ^ | Summer 2012 | John D. Eisenhower
    <p>On the morning of December 19, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower strode into the gloomy school building in Verdun that housed the main headquarters of General Omar Bradley’s Twelfth Army Group. He had called a meeting of all the senior commanders under Bradley. More than just the building was gloomy; the weather outside was a dark gray, and the tactical situation facing the American Army in Europe was also dark. Adolf Hitler’s gigantic Ardennes counteroffensive had been launched three days before, and German Gen. Hasso von Manteuffels’s Fifth Panzer Army was about to surround the all-important road junction at Bastogne. The news had reached the United States, and near panic reigned from across the ocean.</p>
  • Americans and Belgians mark 70th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge

    12/13/2014 12:15:44 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 22 replies ^ | Saturday 13 December 2014 11.43 EST
    Belgium’s King Philippe, right, and Queen Mathilde throw nuts to the public, during the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, in Bastogne, Belgium, on Saturday. The tradition dates from when the Germans asked for the US surrender in Bastogne, to which General Anthony McAuliffe answered: ‘Nuts!’ Photograph: Yves Logghe/AP Braving snowy weather, Americans and Belgians gathered in the Ardennes on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the biggest and bloodiest US battles of the second world war, the Battle of the Bulge. Jean-Claude Klepper, 62, of Virton, Belgium, said “we must never forget what...
  • U.S. Honors Belgian Nurse for Valor in World War II (Angel of Bastogne finally located)

    12/13/2011 2:01:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/13/11
    U.S. Honors Belgian Nurse for Valor in World War II BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian nurse who saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II was given an American award for valor on Monday. The nurse, Augusta Chiwy, who is 93, received the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service medal from the American ambassador, Howard Gutman, in a ceremony at the military museum in Brussels. “She helped, she helped and she helped,” Mr. Gutman said. He explained the long delay — 67 years — in presenting the award...
  • Belgians, Americans to Celebrate Anniversary of Landmark Victory

    12/01/2009 5:44:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 428+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Kevin Downey
    CHIČVRES, Belgium, Dec. 1, 2009 – Sixty-five years after World War II's landmark Battle of the Bulge, U.S. and Belgian troops will again march side by side in Bastogne on Dec. 12 and 13. Veterans and servicemembers from both nations are scheduled to join thousands of well-wishers, including town officials, dignitaries and local residents, in commemorating the Allied forces' victory in the famous World War II battle. "The traditional carnival-like atmosphere in Bastogne over the weekend celebrates the historic grit and determination of our two nations' veterans 65 years ago, and the solemn ceremony at the Mardasson Memorial overlooking the...
  • Officer behind 'nuts' response in WWII dies

    01/12/2009 7:59:57 AM PST · by Borges · 29 replies · 2,771+ views ^ | 01/12/09
    His death was announced by his family. Kinnard parachuted into Normandy in the first hours of D-Day. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism during Operation Market Garden, the airborne attack in the German-occupied Netherlands. And he helped pioneer the airmobile concept, sending troops into combat aboard helicopters during the Vietnam War. But he was perhaps best remembered for what happened in December 1944 at the Belgian town of Bastogne, where the 101st Airborne Division, short on clothing and boots in a snowstorm and bitter cold, was surrounded by German troops. Bastogne, at the intersection of important roads, was...
  • General Patton's Prayer at Bastogne

    03/24/2003 1:42:45 PM PST · by TheKurgan · 20 replies · 462+ views
    PattonHQ ^ | This article appeared as a government document in 1950 | Msgr. James H. O'Neill
    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 among men and nations.
  • Happy 121st Birthday General Patton! We Miss You!

    11/10/2006 6:40:39 PM PST · by eleni121 · 110 replies · 1,987+ views
    General Geoge Patton website ^ | November 10, 2006 | me
    November 11th is the general's birthday and he like Donald Rumsfeld, resigned during war. General Patton was relieved of his command and decided to resign and Rumsfeld ...well few know the real reason for his resignation...
  • US veterans, Belgian king recall Hitler's last gamble

    12/18/2004 9:41:53 AM PST · by yonif · 8 replies · 1,048+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | 12-18-2004 | AFP
    BASTOGNE, Belgium (AFP) - In snow and a chilling wind, US veterans and the king of Belgium paid tribute to Allied forces who, in a freezing winter 60 years ago, repulsed the last big German counter-attack of World War II. The Battle of the Bulge, fought in the towns and densely forested hills of the Ardennes, was according to one veteran here, "hell all the way through." With a blanket of snow underfoot -- just as it was in late 1944, one of the worst European winters in memory -- and a chilling wind which blew across the hilltop, King...
  • WWII vet: "We were the bulge"

    12/04/2006 5:28:30 PM PST · by SJackson · 86 replies · 2,193+ views
    Portage Daily Register ^ | 12-4-06 | Jen McCoy
    Twenty-three American soldiers ran through cold mud behind Pvt. Don Hentz as he led the way through the Battle of the Bulge. Adrenaline pumped through Hentz as German soldiers followed close behind. He was blind to the single strand of barbed wire that pierced his thighs. "I took the fence with me and it ripped my legs open," Hentz said. "We were the bulge. I think it was a set-up to draw the Germans. We were the bait. I'm disappointed that so many young men died for that. I saw a lot of men disappear in the bulge." At 90...
  • The Siege of Bastogne: A Personal Perspective; December 23, 1944

    12/22/2015 11:08:06 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    The Siege of Bastogne ^ | 2015 | Stephanie Schmeling
    By December 23rd holding the line around Bastogne was less of an issue compared to the crisis of dwindling supplies. Not only were troops short on food and medical supplies but ammunition was frighteningly low. Rounds were rationed and soldiers were ordered not to fire unless attacked directly and even then to only fire two rounds. Colonel Thomas L. Sherburn, the artillery commander, was intentionally reporting overestimates of supply levels simply to maintain morale.

    10/18/2015 3:37:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 15, 2015 | SULAGNA MISRA
    (Photo: US Army/Public Domain) What does a travel guide look like when you're part of an occupying army? Thanks to Oxford's Bodleian Library, we can get an idea. In the early 2000s, the library began reissuing a series of pamphlets that had been given to Allied servicemen before their trips to foreign nations.These guides can tell us a lot about cultural attitudes and a little about military strategy during World War II, but more than anything, they highlight shifting priorities in how troops interact with civilians.According to correspondence between the War department and to the headquarters of General Eisenhower in London, the...
  • 70 years later, WWII bombardier tearfully receives Presidential Unit Citation

    07/08/2015 5:57:06 AM PDT · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/8/15 | Daly
    WASHINGTON — At 22, 2nd Lt. John Pedevillano was the youngest bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps' 306th Bomb Group when he was shot down by Nazi fighter pilots in Germany in 1944. Pedevillano and his crew were missing for a month before being taken as prisoners of war. The men were liberated by U.S. Army forces under Gen. George S. Patton in 1945. More than 70 years later, Pedevillano has received the Presidential Unit Citation, with one oak leaf cluster, for extraordinary heroism in combat. Pedevillano, a B-17 bombardier, flew six combat missions before being shot down over...
  • The True Story of The Patton Prayer

    12/24/2014 9:41:12 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 24 replies
    Review of the News ^ | 6 October 1971 | Msgr. James H. O'Neill
    Many conflicting and some untrue stories have been printed about General George S. Patton and the Third Army Prayer. Some have had the tinge of blasphemy and disrespect for the Deity. Even in "War As I Knew It" by General Patton, the footnote on the Prayer by Colonel Paul D. Harkins, Patton's Deputy Chief of Staff, while containing the elements of a funny story about the General and his Chaplain, is not the true account of the prayer Incident or its sequence. As the Chief Chaplain of the Third Army throughout the five campaigns on the Staff of General Patton,...
  • Canal Boulevard business robbed at gunpoint, NOPD says

    03/04/2014 6:02:07 PM PST · by BBell · 7 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/4/14 | Robert McClendon
    A man robbed a Canal Boulevard business at gunpoint Monday (March3) evening in New Orleans, police said. The suspect, whom NOPD did not describe, entered the business at about 5:15 p.m armed with a pearl-handed revolver.
  • The Mysterious Death of Gen. George S. Patton (Was it really an "accident"?)

    11/22/2012 10:20:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/22/2012 | Robert K. Wilcox
    Sixty-seven years ago, on a cold December 9th in 1945 Germany, legendary American general George S. Patton was injured in a strange auto "accident" on a road outside Mannheim, near the Rhine River. The opinionated anticommunist died twelve days later. Today, the evidence that he was murdered -- the first in a line of postwar political assassinations including that of President John F. Kennedy -- is mounting. In 2008 my book about Patton's mysterious death, Target: Patton, was published by Regnery with the core evidence, including: * Patton was the only passenger hurt that cold day in what essentially was...
  • Christmas 1944, when we said NUTS to the enemy

    12/18/2011 5:50:58 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 43 replies ^ | December 17, 2011 | smithsk
    December 1944 World War Two was in overdrive. The major powers were slugging it out about the world - in Europe, Africa, and in the Pacific for 5 long years already- since 1939. The United States had entered the fray when the US Congress had declared war on Japan (December 8, 1941) for attacking Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941). Then on December 11, 1941, Germany and Italy had declared war on the United States. We were in the war for the long haul. Early December 1944, we had thought the war, at least in Europe, would be over in a...
  • Patton’s speech to the troops

    12/01/2009 10:03:07 PM PST · by narses · 28 replies · 2,021+ views
    Be Seated. Men, this stuff we hear about America wanting to stay out of the war, not wanting to fight, is a lot of bullshit. Americans love to fight - traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble player; the fastest runner; the big league ball players; the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win - all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why...
  • "The Speech" - General George S. Patton, Jr. (WARNING: Profanity!!)

    09/15/2001 12:43:15 PM PDT · by StoneColdGOP · 181 replies · 8,734+ views
    The Patton Society ^ | Posted September 15th, 2001 - Originally delivered June 5th, 1944 | George S. Patton, Jr. - General, United States Army
    "THE SPEECH" Somewhere in England, June 5th, 1944... "Be seated." "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 ...
  • General Patton's Address to the Troops

    10/27/2001 4:52:30 PM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 26 replies · 4,606+ views
    United States Naval Academy Class of 1963 ^ | May 31, 1944 | Gen. George S. Patton
    Patton's Speech to the Troops in England May 31, 1944 Men, this stuff that some sources sling around about America wanting out of this war, not wanting to fight, is a crock of bullsh_t. 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 ...
  • Patton’s Speech to the Third Army

    11/09/2001 12:08:22 PM PST · by Earl B. · 5 replies · 3,905+ views
    National Review Online (Weekend Edition) ^ | June 5, 1944 | General George S. Patton
    Patton’s Speech to the Third Army “Americans play to win all of the time.” By General George S. Patton, June 5, 1944 November 10-11, 2001 EDITOR'S NOTE: The Allies had been gathering in lower England for many months, setting for the greatest amphibious invasion in the history of the world and warfare. It was June 5, 1944. The invasion of the French coast at Normandy had already been delayed once when General Eisenhower gave the green light for the commencement of "Operation Overlord." On the evening of the 5th, the Allied gliders and parachutists would enter the interior of ...