America’s entry into World War II was one of the most defining moments of our country’s history. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously remarked, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, “December 7th, 1941… a date which will live in infamy,” Americans from all walks of life then went on to serve their country with honor and determination, ultimately securing victory and ensuring freedom for people around the world.
As Americans remember the anniversary of World War II, we honor the many brave leaders and all the members of the Armed Forces who played pivotal roles. One legendary leader of this era is General George S. Patton, Jr., one of the most brilliant military men of all time. He continually strove to lead his troops to the highest standard of excellence and is regarded as one of the most successful United States field commanders of any war.
Today, America Remembers is proud to announce the General George S. Patton, Jr. WWII 75th Anniversary Tribute Pistol, issued on a working stainless steel Colt .45 pistol. This is a pistol that, like Patton, was born for combat. It has earned its place in the hearts of America’s fighting men, and we have chosen it as the medium for this historic Tribute. We are pleased to be able to issue this Tribute with authorization and approval from The Family of General George S. Patton, Jr.
A Fitting Tribute
The General George S. Patton, Jr. WWII 75th Anniversary Tribute Pistol highlights four major campaigns from World War II—North Africa, Sicily, Battle of the Bulge, and Crossing the Rhine into Germany. Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project by America Remembers polish and decorate each stainless steel pistol with sparkling 24-karat gold artwork and blackened patinaed highlights on a magnificent mirror polished stainless steel background to create an overall stunning effect.
Developed by legendary gun maker John Moses Browning, the incomparable Colt® Government Model® Pistol in Caliber .45 ACP was the official U.S Army sidearm from 1911 to 1985, from World War I through Vietnam, longer than any other military sidearm in American history. It has been called the greatest handgun ever made. The model has hardly changed since its inception over a hundred years ago, and it continues to be used in the military today, occupying a position of respect unparalleled in the world of military firearms.
General George S. Patton, Jr.
During World War II, Patton acquired the nickname “Old Blood and Guts,” because of his enthusiasm for battle. Soldiers under his command at times quipped, “our blood, his guts”. Still, he was known to be admired widely by the men under his charge. Patton was also known simply as “The Old Man” among his troops.
General Patton’s colorful personality, hard-driving leadership style and success as a commander, combined with his frequent political missteps, produced a mixed and often contradictory image. Patton’s great oratory skill is seen as integral to his ability to inspire troops under his command. Patton’s impact on armored warfare and leadership were substantial, with the U.S. Army adopting many of Patton’s aggressive strategies for its training programs following his death. Many military officers claim inspiration from his legacy, and the first American tank designed after the war became the M46 Patton.
To this day, General Patton is considered one of the most successful field commanders in U.S history. He is a uniquely American phenomenon, a man who fulfilled his destiny during World War II. Please don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to honor General Patton and all of the brave Americans who fought with courage and duty to defend their country and ensure freedom around the world.
The right side of the pistol features an image of General Patton holding binoculars with a tank in the distance behind him against a spectacularly detailed background. NORTH AFRICA is scrolled near the bottom. To the right of that is scrolled proudly GEN. GEORGE S. PATTON, JR. over the wheels of a tank. To the right of that is General Patton pointing a swagger stick in the distance. To the right of the center banner—WORLD WAR II 75th ANNIVERSARY— is an image of General Patton and an Sherman M4 tank in the streets of a just-liberated Sicilian town, with a U.S. flag to greet men of the Army infantry and armored unit. One of Patton’s famous quotes,
“LEAD ME, FOLLOW ME, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY” is prominently displayed in the artwork. Patton’s initials, GSP, along with four stars to signify his General rank, are also displayed on both sides of the slide near the hammer.
The left side of the pistol features Patton at the Battle of the Bulge with soldiers and a Sherman M4 tank in the snow. BATTLE OF THE BULGE is scrolled underneath. To the right side of the center banner— WORLD WAR II 75th ANNIVERSARY— is Patton in a B-3 Bomber jacket and his name, GEN. GEORGE S. PATTON JR. Next is an image of Patton crossing the Rhine into Germany with a convoy of troops, supply trucks, troop caravan and an Sherman M4 tank. To the far left is scrolled, WARS MAY BE FOUGHT WITH WEAPONS, BUT THEY ARE WON WITH MEN, another of Patton’s many famous quotes. The thumb safety, hammer, grip safety, slide stop, barrel bushing, grip screws and magazine release are also polished and decorated in elegant 24-karat gold. Both sides of the slide are outlined in the tracks of a Sherman M4 tank, also in 24-karat gold, against the all-over highly polished stainless steel pistol.
Optional Display Case
An optional, luxuriously lined, custom-built wooden display case with locking glass lid is
available for purchase to protect your Tribute.
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Since the “General George S. Patton, Jr. WWII 75th Anniversary Tribute Pistol” is a working Colt® .45 pistol, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. (Not available in California, Maryland or Massachusetts)
I wish to reserve the “General George S. Patton, Jr. WWII 75th Anniversary Tribute Pistol”, a working Colt .45 pistol, at the current issue price of $2,195.* Each Tribute is numbered within the edition limit of 500, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty-day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per pistol. I will pay the balance at the rate of $100 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.
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