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GEN. GEORGE PATTON'S "3RD ARMY PRAYER" - CHRISTMAS 1944 with AUTOGRAPH



GEN. GEORGE PATTON'S "3RD ARMY PRAYER" - CHRISTMAS 1944 with AUTOGRAPH

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THIS IS THE FAMOUS "PATTON PRAYER" OF WWII. IT IS ALSO REFERRED TO AS GEN. PATTON'S "FAIR WEATHER FOR BATTLE PRAYER", "THE 3RD ARMY PRAYER", "THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE PRAYER" AND FINALLY "PATTON'S CHRISTMAS PRAYER OF 1944". IT'S STORY WAS MADE FAMOUS IN A SCENE FROM THE MOVIE "PATTON" WHERE GEN. PATTON TOLD HIS ARMY CHAPLAIN THAT HE NEEDED A PRAYER TO HALT THE RAINS THAT WERE HINDERING THE EFFORTS OF THE U.S. 3RD ARMY. THIS WAS IN EARLY DECEMBER 1944, A WEEK BEFORE THE "BATTLE OF THE BULGE" BEGAN. A COPY WAS GIVEN TO EVERY SOLDIER IN THE 3RD ARMY WHICH INCLUDED MY FATHER. I INHERITED THE ORIGINAL COPY FROM HIM. I AM OFFERING A HIGH QUALITY REPRODUCTION OR REPLICA OF IT IN 3M LAMINATION. MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT PATTON HAD A DEEP FAITH IN GOD. HE STATED THAT THREE THINGS WERE NEEDED IN ORDER TO WIN IN BATTLE; TRAINING, PLANNING AND AN ACTIVE, PRAYING, TRUSTING FAITH IN GOD. THE PRAYER READS, "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." THE REVERSE SIDE HAS GEN. PATTON'S PERSONAL CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO HIS SOLDIERS WITH HIS SIGNATURE. IT READS, "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 blessings rest upon each of you on this Christmas Day." G.S. Patton, Jr., Lieutenant General, Commanding, Third United States Army ON DEC.16, THE GERMANS BEGAN THE ATTACK THAT CREATED THE "BULGE" IN ALLIED LINES. MILITARY FORECASTERS ON BOTH SIDES PREDICTED CONTINUED RAINY WEATHER. HOWEVER, ON DEC. 20TH, AS PATTON ARRIVED FROM HIS RACE NORTHWARD TO RELIEVE BASTOGNE, BRILLIANT BLUE SKIES APPEARED OVER ONCE FOG SHROUDED GROUND. THIS ALLOWED THE U.S. 3RD ARMY, WITH AIR SUPPORT, TO TURN THE TIDE AT THE "BATTLE OF THE BULGE". THIS WAS TO THE AMAZEMENT OF BOTH ALLIED AND GERMAN ARMIES. AFTER THIS, GERMANY WAS IN RETREAT UNTIL THE END OF THE WAR, 6 MONTHS LATER. IT WILL MAKE A GREAT ADDITION TO YOUR MILITARY MEMORABILIA COLLECTION OR A UNIQUE GIFT FOR THE SOLDIER OR VETERAN IN YOUR LIFE. CUSTOMER FEEDBACK: 1. "MAGNIFICENT! HIGHEST QUALITY. FAST SHIP! PERFECT!" 2. "EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A REPLICA, IT LOOKS LIKE THE REAL THING."3. "FASCINATING! VERY PLEASED. EXCELLENT QUALITY."4. THIS 3RD ARMY PRAYER IS AWESOME"