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Title: Favourite Military Quotes.
Post by: Zulu1966 on February 01, 2013, 04:18:34 PM
I will start with one

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs - you may have missed something very important." (Royal Marine - Bagram Airfield 2002)
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Post by: Longdan on February 01, 2013, 09:21:19 PM
Check out my second sig..not GBS ...the other one.
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Post by: Airborne Rifles on February 02, 2013, 09:24:10 AM
"The art of war is simple enough.  Find out where your enemy is.  Get to him as soon as you can.  Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on."
Ulysses S. Grant

"There's nothing quite as exhilirating as be shot at and missed."
Winston Churchill

"Rifle companies don't vote themselves up hills."
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Post by: LongBlade on February 02, 2013, 10:36:36 AM
Kurtz und Vives - translates to short and lively. Frederick the Great.

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Post by: TheCommandTent on February 02, 2013, 03:35:51 PM
"War is an art and as such is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula"
- General George Patton Jr
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Post by: bob48 on February 02, 2013, 03:53:31 PM
"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead"

Flag Officer David Glasgow Farragut at the battle of Mobile Bay, 1864.
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Post by: mirth on February 02, 2013, 04:48:11 PM
"
"The art of war is simple enough.  Find out where your enemy is.  Get to him as soon as you can.  Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on."
Ulysses S. Grant

This was my first choice as well.
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Post by: Staggerwing on February 02, 2013, 04:57:21 PM
"Git thar fust with the most men." -N.B. Forrest on strategy
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Post by: steve58 on February 02, 2013, 07:21:29 PM
In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensible. -Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Post by: DoctorQuest on February 02, 2013, 10:05:33 PM
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
 
Major General Ferdinand Foch, 1911
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Post by: Atilla60 on February 03, 2013, 12:41:16 AM
It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.
 - Robert E. Lee
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Post by: Zulu1966 on February 03, 2013, 04:47:15 AM
It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.
 - Robert E. Lee

Yes one of my favourites.

Another ( though not sure its genuine ) was patton, who said when surveying a just fought battlefield with carnage  all around said to a soldier with him.

"God help me son, but I love this"
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Post by: bob48 on February 03, 2013, 04:55:29 AM
Nothing is so good for the morale of the troops as occasionally to see a dead general.
   - Field Marshal Slim
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Post by: Airborne Rifles on February 03, 2013, 05:56:32 AM
"I'm ashamed of you, dodging that may.  They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance..."
-General John Sedgwick, seconds before he was shot through the head
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Post by: bob48 on February 03, 2013, 07:45:40 AM
^LOL -yeah, I was thinking of that one as well ;)
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Post by: Airborne Rifles on February 03, 2013, 08:17:48 AM
Another U.S. Grant one: "Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what are we going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do."
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Post by: besilarius on February 03, 2013, 10:31:18 AM
"When there is a task that requires brain power, and I have to choose between two different generals.  Generally, I pick the one with the biggest nose."
Napoleon Bonaparte in his correspondence to Eugene de Beauharnais, Viceroy of Italy.
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Post by: steve58 on February 03, 2013, 11:10:49 AM
I've always been fond of this one...

I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.  -William Tecumseh Sherman
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Post by: TheCommandTent on February 03, 2013, 08:47:16 PM
I've always been fond of this one...

I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are. If I killed them all there would be news from Hell before breakfast.  -William Tecumseh Sherman

I've always enjoyed that one as well and it's truth has stood the test of time.  :)
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Post by: Con on February 03, 2013, 09:07:43 PM
One from Patton
No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.

"You, you, and you... panic. The rest of you, come with me."
- U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sgt.

"Nothing is so good for the morale of the troops as occasionally to see a dead general".
Field Marshal Slim
"It makes no difference which side the general is on".
Unknown British Soldier


Con
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Post by: Martok on February 04, 2013, 03:30:58 AM
"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of
us, they're behind us...they can't get away this time!"


-- USMC Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller




"Nuts!"

-- Brigadier General Anthony C. McAuliffe

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Post by: Airborne Rifles on February 04, 2013, 04:04:50 AM
Another from U.S. Grant, probably my favorite historical military fugure:

"No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted. I propose to move immediately upon your works."
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Post by: Zulu1966 on February 04, 2013, 04:20:02 AM
Or Ferdinand Foch at the battle of the Marne ...

My centre is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking.
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Post by: Longdan on February 04, 2013, 10:46:34 AM
One of my favourites:
"Nous sommes dans un pot de chambre et nous y serons emmerdes!" - Gen Alexandre Ducrot at Sedan 1870.
Literally "We are in a chamber pot and we're going to get shit on!"
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Post by: Atilla60 on February 04, 2013, 04:11:07 PM
My favorite Schwarzkopf quote:

As far as Saddam Hussein being a great military strategist, he is neither a strategist, nor is he schooled in the operational art, nor is he a tactician, nor is he a general, nor is he a soldier. Other than that he's a great military man. I want you to know that.
- Norman Schwarzkopf
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Post by: mirth on February 04, 2013, 05:22:25 PM
We're soldiers; but we're American soldiers. We've been kickin' ass for 200 years. We're 10 and 1. -John Winger
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Post by: Staggerwing on February 04, 2013, 05:27:55 PM
^All with the appropriate avatar update, of course!
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Post by: Longdan on February 04, 2013, 06:00:37 PM
Heh.
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Post by: Zulu1966 on February 05, 2013, 02:40:34 AM
"They've got us surrounded again, the poor b@stards." Creighton Abrahms in the the Ardennes


It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

-- Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 05, 2013, 10:51:57 AM
"Well sir, it started out as a goat-fuck.  And then we kept adding more goats."

---  me, to the battalion XO during a gunnery at Ft Stewart in 2004.
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Post by: bayonetbrant on February 05, 2013, 10:52:59 AM
"You, you, and you... panic. The rest of you, come with me."
- U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sgt.

love it ;D
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Post by: Atilla60 on February 05, 2013, 03:25:46 PM
A classic from Bismarck:

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an
election.
- Otto Von Bismarck
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Post by: Pinetree on February 06, 2013, 02:15:35 AM
Gen. Montgomery: Your men don't salute much.

Gen. Freyberg (GOC 2 NZ Division): Yes, but if you wave at them they'll usually wave back.
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Post by: besilarius on February 06, 2013, 06:13:03 AM
August 15, 1945
ComThirdFlt to Alnavco.

Cease Firing.  The War is over.
But if any enemy planes fly over, shoot them down in a friendly manner.

Adm Wm Halsey, commanding.