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StatusChecked Out
Home LocationParis-Bourbon
Title Patton's prayer : a true story of courage, faith, and victory in World War II / Alex Kershaw.
Author Kershaw, Alex, author.
CollectionNEW: Adult Biography
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StatusHome LocationBarcodeCall NoCreated OnIssue NameCirc Status
Checked OutParis-Bourbon30053003773937B PATT5/10/2024 Due on 6/5/2024

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Personal Name Kershaw, Alex, author.
Title Statement Patton's prayer : a true story of courage, faith, and victory in World War II / Alex Kershaw.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice [New York] : Dutton, [2024]
Physical Description 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia
Carrier Type volume rdacarrier
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-331) and index.
Formatted Contents Note Stuck in the mud -- Dark December -- Blitzkrieg -- Blood and iron -- Crisis at Verdun -- "Drive like Hell" -- The hole in the doughnut -- Blue skies -- Manna from heaven -- Christmas eve -- Christ's birthday -- "Let 'er roll" -- His finest hours -- Bloodred snow -- Houffalize -- Battered bastards -- To the Rhine -- The crossing -- Hubris -- The final straight -- The end -- Peace breaks out -- The last days.
Summary, Etc. "From Alex Kershaw, author of the New York Times bestseller Against All Odds, comes an epic story of courage, resilience, and faith during the Second World War General George Patton needed a miracle. In December 1944, the Allies found themselves stuck. Rain had plagued the troops daily since September, turning roads into rivers of muck, slowing trucks and tanks to a crawl. A thick ceiling of clouds had grounded American warplanes, allowing the Germans to reinforce. The sprint to Berlin had become a muddy, bloody stalemate, costing thousands of American lives. Patton seethed, desperate for some change, any change, in the weather. A devout Christian, he telephoned his head chaplain. "Do you have a good prayer for the weather?" he asked. The resulting prayer was soon printed and distributed to the 250,000 men under Patton's command. "Pray when driving," the men were told. "Pray when fighting. Pray alone. Pray with others. Pray by night and pray by day. Pray for the cessation of immoderate rains, for good weather for Battle. . . . Pray for victory. . . . Pray for Peace." Then came the Battle of the Bulge. Amid frigid temperatures and heavy snow, 200,000 German troops overwhelmed the meager American lines in Belgium's Ardennes Forest, massacring thousands of soldiers as the attack converged on a vital crossroads town called Bastogne. There, the 101st Airborne was dug in, but the enemy were lurking, hidden in the thick blanket of fog that seemed to never dissipate. A hundred miles of frozen roads to the south, Patton needed an answer to his prayer, fast, before it was too late"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject-Personal Name Patton, George S. 1885-1945 (George Smith),
Subject United States. Army. Airborne Division, 101st History.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Generals Biography. United States
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term World War, 1939-1945 Campaigns Western Front.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Ardennes, Battle of the, 1944-1945.

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