As WW II was heading towards an end

        The time is December 1944, and things are looking like an end is coming into sight.  Yet there is is one last throw that the Third Reich will make, the battle of the bulge.  That December the weather looked to be conspiring with the forces of the Reich.

          In mid-December, the Germans began an unexpected assault against the Americans, resulting in the six-week long Battle of the Bulge high in the mountains in the middle of winter. Extended bad weather (days of fog, snow, and torrential rain) grounded American airplanes and hindered the movement of American troops.  General George Patton's forces bore the brunt of this attack and on the 8th of December, he made this request of the chaplain; "God has His part, or margin in everything, that's where prayer comes in. . . . We've got to get not only the chaplains but every man in the Third Army to pray. We must ask God to stop these rains." (1) 

         The chaplain [Chaplain O'Neill} responded in this way; "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."  And between December 12-14, General Patton had cards distributed throughout his troops with the prayer on one side and his greeting "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."  Then  on December 20th, the weather cleared, allowing the planes to return to the air, leading to an eventual hard-fought victory for the Allies.

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Comments (14)

  1. smitty45

    My Dad was an American Infantry Foot Soldier in the Battle of the Bulge. All he ever said about was, the big guns the Germans the shells sounded like a freight train going thru the air. My dad rarely spoke about his time in Europe,,, to much pain most likely. Things we never knew were things I think he probably wished he could have forgotten. When he returned home in 1945 I remembered my grammy telling us all he did was side on the porch looking down the street and crying. My grammy got several MIA telegrams durring WWII and the news local news paper had him writen up as KIA.

    December 24, 2016
    1. SEC

      My father will not speak of the battles he fought in but he has a few humorous stories that he will tell over and over.

      December 24, 2016
      1. willsblog

        My Father never spoke of any of the battles he was in either UNTIL Mom passed away. Once Mom was gone, he talked to me a little bit about his military service and the numerous places that he’d been. Dad suffered from “Shell shock” which is now called “PTSD” because of all the action he saw. Dad was in the invasion of Normandy as well as the liberation of a couple of the concentration camps that Adolf Hitler and his Socialistic Nazi’s ran. Dad passed several years ago and I still miss him.

        December 24, 2016
        1. SEC

          It is a crying shame that they withhold from those who love them the very thing that would aid their healing, either because they wish to still shield us or they fear our reactions.

          December 24, 2016
  2. noahbody

    And they turned to prayer. How very un-PC of them.

    December 24, 2016
    1. SEC

      yet how effective

      December 24, 2016
      1. noahbody

        Yes indeed.

        December 24, 2016
  3. EZWAYZ

    God is always on the side of right, and it’s insightful to the nature of Patton (old blood and guts) that he would request such a prayer in such a way.

    December 24, 2016
    1. SEC

      It is that indeed

      December 24, 2016
  4. tjtooter

    hippie chrismakwanzukkah folks. wishing everybody a joyous, happy and healthy holiday and that the coming year brings us an end to war and injustice.

    December 25, 2016
    1. SEC

      the desire of all men’s hearts

      December 25, 2016
      1. tjtooter

        the old school dissidents are hopeful that the grand cheetoh and his billionaire buckaroo boys are going to stick it to the rothschild zionists and their perpetual war machine. we knew what to expect from hillary. that’s why more people voted for nobody rather than the “mad cunt” or the “shit box” good old alf queeda and his lemon party buddies were calling them. everybody in know in north africa , western asia and eastern europe were relieved she lost. trump just wants to build condos. she was going to bomb them. though he may look like mussolini, they’re not going to just start waving their arms around. they’ve still got to make congress pass the laws, so we’re hoping for the best ,but preparing for the worst.

        December 26, 2016
  5. fierylady

    How powerful is prayer from the mouths of many! or even one!

    December 25, 2016
    1. SEC

      more powerful than we expect

      December 25, 2016