Thursday, December 13, 2012

Patton’s Third Army prayer before the Battle of the Bulge

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. Amen.

On the back of the Patton's Prayer, which was sent to every soldier in Patton's 3rd Army, was this 1944 Christmas Message.

Alan Axelrod, Patton on Leadership: Strategic Lessons for Corporate Warfare (Paramus, N.J.: Prentice Hall Press, 1999), 267.

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