Patton’s Prayer For the Battle

Editor’s Note: Some of you were commenting about how you enjoyed the Patton prayer from Roderic Deane’s monologue yesterday. Here is the entire monologue transcript, including Patton’s prayer for good fighting weather in the critical Battle of the Bulge. Good stuff. And somehow, it does seem that the clouds are lifting for Governor Palin’s battle plans, as well, would you agree?  N.C.

Sarah Palin told us all to keep our powder dry. Who on earth says that?

Well, no commander would tell their troops to keep their powder dry if he (or she) wasn’t intending to use that ammunition for a specific purpose. Despite our best intentions, we do not know what the commander’s plan is, nor should we. If we did, we could subject it to ruin.

Do you remember hearing about one of the public maxims during WWII? “Loose lips sink ships!” This was a reminder to everyone that they, too, had a responsibility for maintaining our security during the war. Such is the reason we trust in our commanders.

One of the things that troops are expected to do as they await battle is to ready themselves. They make sure that their weapons and other equipment are in tip-top working order. They maintain their fitness, not knowing when they’ll be called upon to take themselves to the limit. They often keep journals to provide both themselves and their loved ones with a chronicle of their experiences. They develop strong bonds with fellow soldiers, for that fellowship will be needed in battle. They practice and drill to make sure that their skills do not fail them under fire.

So too must we take a similar approach. If you are a Sarah Palin supporter and waiting to see if she’ll run for President, ready yourself. Your skills and commitment will be tested the moment the word comes to take the field. Now is the time to prepare. Now is the time to network with like-minded people and join them in the expected battle for our liberties and principles. Now is the time to take up the mantle of our Constitution and defend it with everything you have. If you don’t, there may never again be a country like what you knew in the past.

So, you ask, what can I do? As a Sarah Palin supporter, there are several worthwhile things that you can be doing NOW. The Sarah Palin documentary is currently out on Pay Per View. It will be released on DVD starting October 8th. I’ll talk to the movie’s producer, Stephen K. Bannon, later on in the 2nd hour of the show. He’ll give you details on where you’ll be able to find the DVD.

You can also join a local chapter of Organize4Palin. If you go to their website at, you can find a link to your state and locate the nearest active organization. Who knows, there may be some big holes that you can fill!

If you’re hungry for information, visit one of the numerous websites that support Sarah Palin. I’ll provide links to as many sites as possible on I encourage you to check them out.

No matter what, get engaged in the election process. As Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same”.

Now, I want to read something to you. What follows is a prayer written by General George Patton Jr. during the Battle of the Bulge, a pivotal battle of World War II. This is not the public prayer that gained so much notoriety, this is his personal prayer:

“Lord, this is Patton speaking to you. The last fourteen days have been awful. Rain, snow, more rain, more snow… and I have begun to ask myself why not go to your headquarters. Which side are you on?

For three years, my chaplains have explained that this is a religious war. They have told me that this is a crusade, the only difference being that we move on tanks instead of horses. They have insisted that we destroy the German army and this atheist Hitler, so that freedom of religion can return to Europe.

Until now I followed them, the more so as you helped us without reserve. Blue sky and calm sea in Africa helped to make our unloading easy to eliminate Rommel. The capture of Sicily was relatively easy, and you gave us a perfect time for our armored push through France, the greatest military victory that you have granted me. You often gave me excellent counsel in my difficult decisions of command, and you dropped German units into my traps, which made their elimination relatively easy.

But now you seem to have changed horses. You seem to me to have given to Von Rundstedt the green light. My army is neither trained nor equipped for war in winter. And as you know, this weather is more appropriate for Eskimos than for Southern riders.

In fact, Lord, I have begun to think that I have offended you in some way. That suddenly you have lost your sympathy to our cause. That you are in complicity with this Von Rundstedt and his puppet.

You know, without my saying so, that our situation is desperate.

Obviously, I tell my staff that everything is going as planned, but do I need to add that the 101st Airborne is opposing terrible forces in Bastogne, and that these continual storms make air supplies impossible? I sent good Hugh Gaffey, one of my able generals, with his 4th Armored Division, to this important Noeud road to help the encircled garrison, but he has more trouble with your rotten weather than with the Boches!

I do not like to complain unnecessarily, but my soldiers really suffered martyrdom from the Meuse to Echternach. Today I visited several hospitals, all full of cold people, while the wounded remain strewn across the fields, because we cannot bring them back to give them care. But that is not the worst of the situation. The poor visibility and the continual rains have completely paralyzed my air forces on the ground. My battle plan requires help from the fighter-bombers, and if my planes cannot fly, tell me how I can use them as air artillery?

This is not the only deplorable situation, but worse still, my reconnaissance aircraft have not taken to the air in fourteen days, and I do not have the slightest idea what is happening behind the German lines. Jesus, Lord, I fight a shadow! Without your cooperation on the weather, how can I lead effective attacks? All this probably appears irrational to you, but I have lost patience with your ministers who try to persuade me that this is one typical winter in the Ardennes, and that I must have confidence.

The devil with confidence and patience! You have to only choose which side you are on. You must come to my aid, so that I can liquidate the entire German army, and offer it like a birthday gift to the Baby Jesus. Lord, I have never been unreasonable. I do not ask the impossible of you. I do not even ask for a miracle, only four little days of beautiful weather.

Give me four clear days so my planes can fly, so my fighter-bombers can bomb the Germans (and punish them well), so my observation planes can pinpoint the targets for my splendid artillery. Give me four sunny days to dry this rotten mud, so my tanks can roll, so the ammunition and the rations can reach my starving and badly equipped infantrymen. I need these four days to send Von Rundstedt and his army of infidels to their valhalla.

I am sick of this useless butchery of young Americans, and in exchange for these four days of weather favorable to combat, I will provide you enough Boches to keep your accountants occupied with months of work.

So it is.”

History tells us what happened:

As General Patton attempted to rush his divisions north from the Saar Valley to the relief of the beleaguered Bastogne, the prayer was answered. On December 20, to the consternation of the Germans and the delight of the American forecasters who were equally surprised at the turn-about, the rains and the fogs ceased. For the better part of a week came bright clear skies and perfect flying weather. Our planes came over by tens, hundreds, and thousands. They knocked out hundreds of tanks, killed thousands of enemy troops in the Bastogne salient, and harried the enemy as he valiantly tried to bring up reinforcements. The 101st Airborne, with the 4th, 9th, and 10th Armored Divisions, which saved Bastogne, and other divisions which assisted so valiantly in driving the Germans home, will testify to the great support rendered by our air forces. General Patton prayed for fair weather for Battle. He got it.

So too must we now pray. ….

I know that your kids are as important to you as mine are to me. We have to make sure that they enjoy the same freedoms that we have had in the past and that our forefathers fought and died for. The time to take action is now!

…and that my two-cents worth for the week.

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