Most famously, General George S. Patton relieved himself in the Rhine on March 24, —and made sure he was photographed doing so. I stopped in the middle to take a piss and then picked up some dirt on the far side in emulation of William the Conqueror. Unlike Patton, Churchill forbade photographs of the occasion.
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Patton Pis | World War Two Photographs
There are many stories and quite a history behind that photo. The one I have on my site was given to me by one of the guys in my dad's unit, the th Combat Engineers, who built the ponton bridge across the Rhine. I have no idea where the original could be, but suggest you contact this person who runs the Patton Society website. Here's the addy:. Thanks for writing.
“I have just pissed into the Rhine River. For God’s sake, send some gasoline.” – Patton
George S. Patton , helmand province afghanistan , hitler and nazism , Pissing in the Rhine , rhine river , siegfried line , Weekly Standard , William Kristol. Bill Kristol at The Weekly Standard pens his thoughts on a pissy situation. Worth the read.