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Patton, George S. (1885-1945) to Frank Stockdale re: latest operation, liberating towns and capturing Germans

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06760.09 Author/Creator: Patton, George S. (1885-1945) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Typed letter signed Date: 1945/03/29 Pagination: 1 p. 25.2 x 20.2 cm

Patton writes in part: "Our last operation has been the best... we have taken 6000 odd square miles of Germany, liberated or captured 3000 towns... captured over 140,000 prisoners and killed or wounded over 90,000 Germans, for the complete destruction of the 7th and 1st German Armies...."

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