Lot 64: 1918-Dated World War 1, GEORGE S. PATTON Autograph Letter Signed
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December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
1918 George S. Patton "Old Blood & Guts" Letter to Mom "...we singly had a job to do and did it." (Langres, France)
GEORGE S. PATTON, JR. (1885 - December 21, 1945). United States Army officer best known for commanding armies as a General during World War II, well known for his controversial outspokenness, nicknamed "Old Blood and Guts."
September 1, 1918-Dated World War 1, Wartime Content Autograph Letter Signed, "George" (George S. Patton), 1 page, measuring 8.25" x 10.5". at (Langres, France), Choice Extremely Fine. This personal Letter is written to his mother, Mrs. George S Patton and reads, in full:
"Dear Mama: --- I had a most interesting evening last week. I went out in No-mans land over to the Barb wire but nothing happened the Barb whistled at us and we whistled back then having seen what we wanted we came home. It was not at all thrilling we singly had a job to do and did it. On the way back we came through a ruined village it looked in the moonlight like a skeleton of a cow in Texas we went from one house to another by holes in the wall feeling our way by holding to a wire. I picked some dasies in the barb wire which I will send to you & B (Beatrice, his wife).
Should you hear of anything in my line of work in the papers in the next month or so it will be me who did the stint. But things are too uncertain to be sure you will hear. I am very well and having a fine time I must stop now I love you all. -- (Signed) George."
Just 11 days after Patton write this letter to his mother, he led the 1st Tank Brigade into Battle at St. Mihiel, September 12-15, 1918, the first major engagement of American troops in World War I. On the afternoon of September 12, 1918, in the midst of a battle between the American Expeditionary Force and the German Army, 32-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Patton first met 38-year-old Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur as tanks and infantry maneuvered forward to the French town of Essey. Patton's brigade was then moved to support the U.S. I Corps in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. On the morning of September 26, 1918, he personally led a troop of tanks through thick fog as they advanced into German lines. Patton was wounded in the left thigh while leading six men and a tank in an attack on German machine guns. While recuperating from his wound, on October 17, 1918, Patton was promoted to Colonel in the Tank Corps of the U.S. National Army