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A 1944 Christmas miracle for Gen. Patton

Dec 26, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
The World War II general's holiday greeting to troops in Europe that winter included a prayer entreating God to end the rains that were bogging down the United States' Third Army.

In early December 1944, Gen. George S. Patton Jr., commander of the United States' Third Army, stood with his troops at Germany's doorstep. He'd pushed his men across France toward Germany with furious speed during summer and early fall, but in the last months, as he drove through France's Lorraine region toward the Saar River, progress stalled. Fuel and supplies were running short, and perhaps even more deviling, the weather wouldn't cooperate. Driving rains had mired his troops and grounded the fighter planes and bombers needed for air support.

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