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General George S. Patton, Jr.: Peace—November 11, 1918

A Poem for Veterans Day

  • I stood in the flag-decked cheering crowd 
  • Where all but I were gay, 
  • And gazing on their extasy, 
  • My heart shrank in dismay.
  • For theirs was the joy of the “little folk” 
  • The cruel glee of the weak, 
  • Who, banded together, have slain the strong 
  • Which none alone dared seek.
  • The Bosch we know was a hideous beast 
  • Beyond our era’s ban, 
  • But soldiers still must honor the Hun 
  • As a mighty fighting man.
  • The vice he had was strong and real 
  • Of virtue he had none, 
  • Yet he fought the world remorselessly 
  • And very nearly won…
  • And looking forward I could see 
  • Like a festering sewer; 
  • Full of the fecal Pacifists 
  • Which peace makes us endure….
  • None of the hold and blatant sin 
  • The disregard of pain, 
  • The glorious deeds of sacrifice 
  • Which follow in war’s train.
  • Instead of these the little lives 
  • Will blossom as before, 
  • Pale bloom of creatures all too weak 
  • To hear the light of war.
  • While we whose spirits wider range 
  • Can grasp the joys of strife, 
  • Will moulder in the virtuous vice 
  • Of futile peaceful life.
  • We can but hope that e’re we drown 
  • ‘Neath treacle floods of grace, 
  • The tuneless horns of mighty Mars 
  • Once more shall rouse the Race
  • When such times come, Oh! God of War 
  • Grant that we pass midst strife, 
  • Knowing once more the whitehot joy 
  • Of taking human life.
  • Then pass in peace, blood-glutted Bosch 
  • And when we too shall fall, 
  • We’ll clasp in yours our gory hands 
  • In High Valhallas’ Hall.
George S. Patton, Jr.

George S. Patton Jr. (1885-1945) was a general in the United States Army who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean theater during World War II. While better known for his sword than his pen, Patton penned this poem about war and peace on the day of the armistice that concluded World War I. According to Military.com, the poem was included in a Library of Congress exhibit marking the centennial of World War I. Military.com quotes the explanatory note included in the exhibit: “Patton’s poem mourned the loss during peacetime of the virtues that he believed war inspired, such as sacrifice and purpose.”

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  • I stood in the flag-decked cheering crowd 
  • Where all but I were gay, 
  • And gazing on their extasy, 
  • My heart shrank in dismay.
  • For theirs was the joy of the “little folk” 
  • The cruel glee of the weak, 
  • Who, banded together, have slain the strong 
  • Which none alone dared seek.
  • The Bosch we know was a hideous beast 
  • Beyond our era’s ban, 
  • But soldiers still must honor the Hun 
  • As a mighty fighting man.
  • The vice he had was strong and real 
  • Of virtue he had none, 
  • Yet he fought the world remorselessly 
  • And very nearly won…
  • And looking forward I could see 
  • Like a festering sewer; 
  • Full of the fecal Pacifists 
  • Which peace makes us endure….
  • None of the hold and blatant sin 
  • The disregard of pain, 
  • The glorious deeds of sacrifice 
  • Which follow in war’s train.
  • Instead of these the little lives 
  • Will blossom as before, 
  • Pale bloom of creatures all too weak 
  • To hear the light of war.
  • While we whose spirits wider range 
  • Can grasp the joys of strife, 
  • Will moulder in the virtuous vice 
  • Of futile peaceful life.
  • We can but hope that e’re we drown 
  • ‘Neath treacle floods of grace, 
  • The tuneless horns of mighty Mars 
  • Once more shall rouse the Race
  • When such times come, Oh! God of War 
  • Grant that we pass midst strife, 
  • Knowing once more the whitehot joy 
  • Of taking human life.
  • Then pass in peace, blood-glutted Bosch 
  • And when we too shall fall, 
  • We’ll clasp in yours our gory hands 
  • In High Valhallas’ Hall.
George S. Patton, Jr.

George S. Patton Jr. (1885-1945) was a general in the United States Army who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean theater during World War II. While better known for his sword than his pen, Patton penned this poem about war and peace on the day of the armistice that concluded World War I. According to Military.com, the poem was included in a Library of Congress exhibit marking the centennial of World War I. Military.com quotes the explanatory note included in the exhibit: “Patton’s poem mourned the loss during peacetime of the virtues that he believed war inspired, such as sacrifice and purpose.”

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"We defeated the wrong enemy..." - General George S. Patton

Nov. 11, 2021

You post this in defense of Patton?! By "wrong enemy" he was in part referring to the Jewish media. His men didn't defeat the wrong enemy the day they permanently relieved him of duty.

Nov. 12, 2021

"You post this in defense of Patton?!" What are you talking about? "By "wrong enemy" he was in part referring to the Jewish media." He not only meant them, but also communists (who were funded, created, and controlled by Jews). He was not allowed to fight them right after WWII, because the government was already owned by the debtors of the internationalists banking cartel (again mostly Jewish people). Patton said had he of known the truth earlier he would have sided with the Germans, especially as the government was forcing him to kick out Germans of their homes, starve them to death by the millions, order executions of them, and sell them to Russia as slaves. He was even disgusted more so by the fact that Germans were kicked out of there homes only to give them to Jewish people who never owned them homes, and who were such a disgusting people that he had to have his troops force them at gun point to clean up after themselves.

Nov. 14, 2021

My Uncle Fred Karmel fought under Patton. As far back as I can remember, Uncle Freddy talked about an out-of-control jeep careening in the General's direction. To hear Freddy tell it, it was Patton's own men who pointed the jeep down the hill before releasing the brake.

Nov. 14, 2021

What uh... what are you talking about there, big guy? There are lots of theories on how they did it, especially considering what has come out since then.

What does that have to do with the conversation?

Nov. 14, 2021

It was in response to the last paragraph of your meme, that one that made it sound as though he was killed for covering up a lie. You should read it.

Nov. 15, 2021
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Nov. 18, 2021

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement. In other words, your pilpul was liable to break or give way under pressure and arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness.

Nov. 19, 2021

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