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Travels with Patton: Visiting Sicily

This is General Patton, writing to his wife about the people of Sicily in July 1943. The inventive spellings are his: Poor things, I feel sorry for them. They make tomato catchup in the streets and let all the filth settle on it and then eat it with spagattey. All the children beg for food ...

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This is General Patton, writing to his wife about the people of Sicily in July 1943. The inventive spellings are his:

Poor things, I feel sorry for them. They make tomato catchup in the streets and let all the filth settle on it and then eat it with spagattey. All the children beg for food all the time and one could buy any woman on the island for a can of beans, but there are not many purchasers." 

This is General Patton, writing to his wife about the people of Sicily in July 1943. The inventive spellings are his:

Poor things, I feel sorry for them. They make tomato catchup in the streets and let all the filth settle on it and then eat it with spagattey. All the children beg for food all the time and one could buy any woman on the island for a can of beans, but there are not many purchasers." 

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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