CHAPTERS MY BOOK INTRODUCTION EXCERPTS RENAISSANCE

CHAPTERS

1. AMERICA AT WAR
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well, or ill,that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship,
support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival of, and the success of liberty." Daniel Webster (1752-1852)
 
2. ON MY WAY TO EUROPE
"I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
 
3.  ARRIVING AT THE FRONT IN SAARLAUTERN
"The Third Army moved further, and faster, and engaged more divisions, in less time than any other Army in the History of the United States, possibly in the history of the world."
General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
 
4. THE CELLARS OF SAARLAUTERN
"Listen, Brad, (Gen. Omar Bradley) don't spoil my show.The Third Army has sweated and bled to bring this thing to a head. Without the 11th Armored, we won't be able to exploit the breakthrough at Saarlautern."
General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
 
5. KILLING SAARLAUTERN STYLE
"All we have to fear is fear itself."
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
 
6. SERIOUS FIGHTING IN SAARLAUTERN
"The quickest way to get to heaven is to advance across open ground swept by effective enemy fire."
General George S. Patton (1882-1945)
 
7. AN EARLY MORNING RECONNAISSANCE"
"The only thing that I am afraid of is fear."
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, (1759-1852)
 
8. A BAD NIGHT ON PATROL IN SAARLAUTERN
"I did not know the dignity of their birth, but I do know the glory of their death." General Douglas McArthur (1880-1964)
 
9. CROSSING THE SAAR RIVER & SIEGFRIED LINE
"I had rather die on my feet than to live for eternity on my knees."
General George S. Patton (1882-1945)
 
10. THE 259TH REGIMENT ATTACKS THE SIEGFRIED
LINE, AT SAARBRUCKEN
"…all of us must have a desperate desire to close with the enemy, and destroy him."
General George S. Patton (1882-1945)
 
11. CROSSING THE SIEGFRIED LINE
"Never in the field of human conflict has so many owed so much to so few."  Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1964)
 
12. CROSSING THE DRAGON'S TEETH
"Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us,to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it."  
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
 
13. AL SPERL RELATES HIS SQUAD'S ACTION IN
SAARLAUTERN
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it a thing to be achieved."
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1965)
 
14. INTO GERMANY
"Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die, and it is youth that must inherit the tribulation,
and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war."
Hebert Hoover (1876-1964)
 
15. "PATTON'S RAIDERS" ON THE TANKS
"There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is: ‘To use the means at hand to inflict the maximum
amount of wounds, death and destruction on the enemy, in the minimum time ."  General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
 
16. DEEP IN ENEMY TERRITORY, INSIDE GERMANY
"Battles are won by a few brave men who refuse to fear, and who push on." General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
 
17. CROSSING THE RHINE
"Brad, for God's Sake, tell the world that we are across the Rhine. I want the whole world to know that we made it before
Montgomery started across. I have looked forward to this for a long time." General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
 
18. THE SLEEPING ENEMY SOLDIER
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
Thomas Payne, (1737-1809)
 
19. TRENCH FOOT
"If ye have faith as small as a mustard seed, …nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Matthew 17:20)
 
20. STRUTH, GERMANY PANZER ATTACKS
"Tanks should advance by bounds, from cover to cover,in the rear of the Infantry. They will only be exposed when the situation demands their intervention. In such cases they will attack in close association with the Infantry."
General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
 
21. REUNITED WITH OUR TANKS
"Government is a trust, and the officers of the Government are Trustees: and both the Trust and the Trustees are created
for the benefit of the people." Henry Clay (1777-1852)
 
22. CAPTURE OF OHRDRUF CONCENTRATION CAMP
"Another improvement that we have made is that we have built our gas chambers to accommodate two thousand people at one time."  
Rudolph Hess, Hitler's Second in Command (1847-1987)
 
23. LIBERATION OF A CANADIAN AND AUSTRALIAN
PRISONER OF WAR CAMP
"Our mortars and artillery are superb weapons when they are firing. 
When silent, they are junk-keep them firing. They should fire at these 
targets with high explosives, or white phosphorous, because if the enemy 
receives such fire, he will consider himself discovered and reply at a range 
so as to render him ineffective."  General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
 
24. CAPTURE OF THE BIG LUFTWAFFE BASE, AND
STRAFED AGAIN
"What is faith, unless it is to believe what you do not see?"
St. Augustine (354-430)
"I believe in Angels because the Bible says that there are Angels;
And I believe the Bible to be the true word of God."
Reverend Billy Graham from his "Angels: God's Secret Agents"
 
25. SETTING UP OUR OWN MILITARY GOVERNMENT
"It is courage that the world needs, not infallibility…courage is always the surest wisdom." Sir Wilfred Grenfell (1865-1940)
 
26. THE DANUBE RIVER CROSSING AND CAPTURE OF REGENSBURG
"The decision of whether the assault should be led by the infantry,or the armored vehicles, depends on circumstances. When
operating against known anti-tank guns, or extensive anti-tank mine fields, or when it necessary to force a river crossing, or a
defile, the infantry must lead, and the tanks follow, as, and when the situation is cleared." General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
 
27. THE HALF COOKED CHICKEN
"An army marches on its stomach." Napoleon Bonaparte (1751-1836)
 
28. ARE WE A BUNCH OF UNCIVILIZED HEATHENS & BARBARIANS?
"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and who are always ready to guard and defend it."  Daniel Webster (1782-1852)
 
29. UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER OF GERMAN
FORCES AND CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES
"We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation under God shall have a new birth of
freedom; and that government of the people, by the people,for the people shall not perish from the earth."
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
 
30. MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR THE HONORED DEAD
"You have a right to be proud of these accomplishments, for each has given of his efforts, energy and strength, to say
nothing of heroic courage, to the common cause, that you and I and our families shall be secure to live in our American
way, free from the threat of enemy domination which has caused such human misery and suffering as the world has never known before."
Major General Stanley E. Reinhart, Commander,65th Infantry Division
Authors Note: {Please read the letter at the bottom of the page from a teacher in General Reinhart's home town where his father had been a country doctor}
 
31. HONOR GUARD FOR GENERALS PATTON &
WALKER, & RECEIPT OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL
"You damned men have done a damned good job, so far.I am proud of you! The one Honor which is mine, and mine alone, is that of having commanded such an incomparable group of Americans, the record of whose fortitude, audacity and valor will endure as long as history lasts."
General George S. Patton (1885-1945)
{Speech made by Gen. Patton on 12 May 1945, at the Linz, Austria airport, to his Honor Guard, where the author, Ladner, Al Sperl and other Patton's Raiders served as his Honor Guard.}
 
32. WORKING AT MAUTHAUSEN CONCENTRATION
CAMP
"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges, as we enjoy,forget in time that men have died to win them." Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)
 
33. AUSTRIAN CIVILIANS FORCED TO VISIT CAMP
GUSSEN
" Our Country, right or wrong, when right, to be kept right;
when wrong, to be put right." Carl Schurz, Maj. General,
Union Army (1864)
 
34. CLEANING UP MAN'S INHUMANITY TO MANKIND"
"There is nothing, absolutely nothing, which needs to be more carefully guarded against, than that one man should be allowed to become more powerful than the people."
Demosthenes, Ancient Greece, (384-322 B.C.)
 
35. CITIZENS OWNING GUNS DEFEND A COUNTRY
AGAINST TYRANNY
"The accumulation of all powers, whether of one, a few, or many,and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly
be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."  James Madison (1751-1836)
 
36. LEARNING BY EXPERIENCE, WE MUST PROTECT
OUR CONSTITUTION
"I have sworn upon the Alter of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
Thomas Jefferson, (1743-1826)
 
37. STOP THAT TRAIN
"Never turn your back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But
if you meet it promptly, and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half.  Never run away from anything.
Never!" Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
 
38. UNDERGROUND MESSERSCHMIDT FACTORY
AT CAMP GUSSEN, MAUTHAUSEN
"O God, give me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, and the courage to change the things that
I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)

39. FURLOUGH TO PARIS

40. REST AND RELAXATION IN LONDON

41. THE DECOMMISSIONING OF THE 65TH DIVISION AND REASSIGNMENT

42. THE UNTOLD HORRORS OF DACHAU
CONCENTRATION CAMP
"Communism is based on the belief that man is so weak and inadequate that he is unable to govern himself, and therefore requires the rule of strong masters." Harry S. Truman (1862-1972)
 
43. THE ANNIHILATION OF SOVIET POWs BY
SOVIET SOLDIERS
"I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail,he is immortal, not because he alone among creatures, has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance."
William Faulkner, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. (1897-1962)
 
44. SOON TO RETURN HOME
"The strength of a nation is derived from the integrity of it's homes."
Confucius (551-479 B.C.)
 
Liberty & Freedom Productions "A Test of Faith and Courage"  Copyright (c) 2000 by Oscar Buren Ladner, Author
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Authors Note Re: General Reinhart: Today,December 21,2003 I received a letter and Christmas card from a teacher in Polk, Ohio, Gen. Reinhart's home town where his father had been the towns only doctor.The letter is as follows:
December 18. 2003
Dear Mr. Ladner
I send you greetings this Holiday season because of your thoughtfulness and generosity earlier this year when you so graciously sent me an autographed copy of your book, "A Test of Faith and Courage." You will recall, I e-mailed you regarding General Stanley E. Reinhart, who was from my hometown.
I received the book in early July.The July 4th Holiday weekkend was rainy, so I started reading it. It was so intensely interesting, I finished it in three days. What an outstanding job you did of reliving those experiences, and how appropriate the title was! I tell you I have the utmost respect for the men and women of your generation for the sacrifices you made..
I have recommended your book to the high school librarian where I teach as one we should have on our shelves.I hope you and other veterans can take comfort and pride in knowing that the younger generation is taking an interest in learning about the courage and sacrafices your generation made. Not only that, but there seems to be a renewed sense of  patriotism and call to duty. Several of the seniors at my school have enlisted. A few years ago that was a rare thing. I worry about those boys but I am so proud of them.Our little highschool is the only one that I know of in our area to have a Veterans Day observance, a tradition we've kept for over 25 years. This year our guest speakers were the mothers of two of our recent graduates statioon in Iraq right now. My apologies for not acknowledging your generoous gift much earlier. It is a book I will be proud to keep, to share, and to re-read again.
Best wishes this Holiday Seasoon and into the New Year. Sincerely, Craig Wiley
 
What a heart warming message from someone in the home town of my Commanding General in WWII in the 65th Division. It sure renews my confidence in America. Our schools across  America need more teachers like Craig Wiley in Polk, Ohio. God Bless America and Craig Wiley.