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.
This prayer was issued to 250,000 solders with a Christmas card and a training directive to commanders on prayer on December 8th
ON DECEMBER 20 1944 THE SKIES CLEARED, THE THIRD ARMY ROLLED TO RELIEVE THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISON WHICH WAS HOLDING OUT AGAINST AN ARMY THAT ENCIRCLED IT AT BASTOGNE - ON 26 DECEMBER THE THIRD ARMY BROKE THE SEIGE.
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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.
IN HOC SIGNO VINCES - TIME DEUM ET OPERARE IUSTITIAM