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05-25-2007, 10:59 PM
This one may be apocryphal but I like it anyway:

"It takes a brave man to be a coward in the Soviet Army". Stalin

05-26-2007, 01:05 AM
'On land I am a tiger, but at sea I am a coward.' ~~ Adolf Hitler

When he gets to Heaven,
To Saint Peter he will tell:
Another Marine reporting Sir;
I've served my time in Hell.
~~ Unknown US Marine, serving at Guadalcanal

If intellegance reports a Tiger in the area, send in four Shermans. Expect to loose three of them.
~~ Unknown US General

05-26-2007, 01:35 AM
"pink mist and red cabage"
my instructor at basic training describing what its like to shoot someone in the head with a SLR.

05-26-2007, 08:32 AM
"Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few" Winston Churchill

05-26-2007, 08:41 AM
"The idea is not to die for your country but make the other basterd die for his!" Gen. George S. Patton.

"Stay with the basterd till he's on the bottom"
Lt. Commander Dudly "Mush" Morton, USN, USS Wahoo

05-26-2007, 09:54 AM
"In the absence of orders, go find something and kill it."
- Field Marshal Erwin Rommel

05-26-2007, 10:13 AM
"You bloody idiot! What the hell do you think you're doing? I'm your leader! Get back in place or I'll shoot you down!"
---Alfred Grislawski (while tutoring a yet inexperienced Erich Hartmann who was breaking formation, eager to engage enemy aircraft.)

05-26-2007, 10:47 AM
"Open the gates and bring that horse in !"

- King Priamos of Troy

My all time favourite war quote http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

05-26-2007, 11:08 AM
"What the flying f*** was that?" - Mayor of Hiroshima, August 1945.

05-26-2007, 03:28 PM
"My Mother said I could be anything I wanted when I grew up, so I became an A** Hole."
~Unknown US Infantryman

"If you're going through Hell, keep going."
~Winston Churchill

"We found the one place untouched by War, and we blew it to Hell."
~A Comidian after the H-Bomb test.

"I do not see why man should not be as cruel as nature."
~Adolf Hitler

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."
~Adolf Hitler

"Damn the Torpedoes, full spees ahead!"
~ David G. Farragut

"A jounalist is a person who has mistaken their calling"
~Otto von Bismarck

"Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."
~Otto von Bismarck

"The death of one man is a tragety, the death of millions is a statistic."
~Joseph Stalin

"Death solves all problems, no man, no problem."
~Joseph Stalin

"I trust no one, not even myself."
~Joseph Stalin

"We have resolved to endure the unendurable, and suffer the unsufferable."

"The war has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage."

"We have nothing to fear, but fear itself!"
Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Don't forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

"I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

"If we can boondoggle ourselves out of this depression, that word is going to be enshrined in the hearts of the American people for years to come. "
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ok, I done.


05-26-2007, 08:04 PM
GoldenEagle8, Those are your favorite quotes?

Ok ?http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif
I think the author of this post meant your SINGLE FAVORITE.

Anyways..gotta love this one...

"Gentlemen, we are being killed on the beaches. Let us go inland and be killed." -Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944.

05-26-2007, 09:21 PM
eh, I got a lot, sorry if they are too many.

05-26-2007, 10:16 PM
"There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today."
Admiral Sir David Beatty, at The Battle of the Skagerrak, a.k.a Battle of Jutland, after having two British battleships explode in short order.


05-27-2007, 01:49 AM
I shall return, General Douglas Macarthur, speaking about some atol or other in the pacific he lost to the IJN.
He did return though, kicked a butt or two - good on him

05-27-2007, 01:45 PM
I think this one is quite poignant and applies to anyone who served in any war, from whatever country:

"We do not want to be remembered as heroes, we only ask to be remembered for what we done....that's all"
W/C Robert "Bob" Doe British 234 & 238 Squadrons Fighter Command

Serving with No: 234 Squadron at the start of the Battle of Britain, Doe claimed his first victory on August 15th when he shot down two Bf110's. Further successes were to follow during the remainder of August, claiming a Bf109 and a probable Do18 on the 16th, a Bf109 destroyed and another Bf109 damaged on the 18th, he shared in the destruction of a Ju88 on the 21st and shot down a Bf109 on the 26th

During September, as the Battle continued its intensity, Doe's competence as an outstanding fighter pilot was further demonstrated with victories throughout the month. He shot down three Bf109's on the 4th, a Bf109 on the 5th, damaged three Do17's and shot down a Bf109 on the 6th and destroyed an He111 on the 7th. Later, on the 27th he was posted to No: 238 Squadron based at Middle Wallop in Wiltshire and claimed his first victory for the squadron on the 30th when he shot down an He111.

Doe began October as he had finished the previous month. He shot down a Bf109 on the 1st and a Ju88 on the 7th. These were to be his last aerial victories of the battle and of the war. During combat with Bf109's over Dorset on October 10th, just after 1200hrs, Doe was shot down in his Hurricane over Warmwell. He baled out, wounded in the leg and shoulder and landed at Brownsea Island while his stricken Hurricane crashed near Corfe Castle Viaduct. He was admitted to Poole Hospital and remained in recovery until December 1940 when he rejoined the squadron

On the 22nd October 1940, Doe was awarded the DFC and received a further Bar a month later, on November 26th

In January 1941, while flying a night sortie, the oil in the cooler of his aircraft froze and during his attempt to land safely back at Warmwell the engine stopped completely. Landing heavily on the snow-covered airfield, Doe smashed his face against the reflector sight and broke his arm as his harness snapped. He was taken to Park Prewitt Hospital where he underwent twenty-two operations by the New Zealand surgeon, Harold Gillies

05-27-2007, 04:02 PM
Some great ones by Churchill here:

Churchill Quotes (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/w/winston_churchill.html)

And I particularly like this one:

"The only thing that really scred me was the U-Boat menace" - Churchill in his memoirs.

05-27-2007, 08:18 PM
FDR: "Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them."

Unknown: "Whoever said winning isn't everything has obviously never experienced battle."

05-28-2007, 01:47 AM
I'm not even going to mention his name.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know."

05-28-2007, 03:51 AM
"I congratulate you on your running. You have run well. I hope you will run as well when you face the enemy." - Gen. Sir Douglas Haig when presenting awards to competitors of a cross-country run at Aldershot in early 1918.

"Remember, men, take no prisoners." - Col. George Armstrong Custer before Little Big Horn.

05-28-2007, 04:58 AM
Two of my favourite quotes come from the master - Winston Churchill;

"We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender..."

The quote was used by Iron Maiden for the start of their track "Aces High" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

05-28-2007, 05:41 AM
I like that modified Churchill quote James May came up with in Top Gear (Cant wait for the season to continue http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

(In response to Jeremy's claim that the Jaguar XK should be tuned, rather than the Mercedes SL) : http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

"You're right, you're right. And what's more we're British, we are the inventors of everything!"

It is time to brace ourselves, hasten unto the shed, and liberate ourselves from the abyss made dark by the lights of perverted German science." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

05-28-2007, 06:51 AM
Major General John Sedgwick, Commander, VI Corps, Army of the Potomac, Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

"I'm ashamed of you, dodging that way. They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."

just prior to being killed by a sniper


Captain Edmund Blackadder

"I believe the expression rhymes with Clucking Bell!"

05-28-2007, 07:17 AM
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.

Carl Sandburg

05-28-2007, 07:24 AM
oh I got 2 more! I think the first is most approprate for these forums http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

"It takes 3 years to build a ship, but it takes 300 years to build a tradition. We are going back."

That was by the Admiral in charge of rescuing the allied soldiers from Crete after the German Invasion. He was ordered to cut his losses and leave the army. That was his reply.

"If all people are breathren, then why are the wind and the waves so restless?"
~~ Emperor Hirihoto of Japan, Summer 1941.

Emperor Hirihoto was trying to convince his army NOT to declare war on America because the Navy said they could play hell for one year, after that they could guarentee nothing.

Strange how that is what happened isn't it?

05-28-2007, 09:47 AM
Originally posted by K_Freddie:
I'm not even going to mention his name.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - the ones we don't know we don't know."
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif "Oh, Lord. I didn't mean to say anything quotable." and "Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."

05-28-2007, 03:10 PM
No one beats the master of one liners Sir Winston Churchill.
After his so few line when an entire Italian colonial division surrendered to 12 Brits in the western desert Churchill proclaimed (sic) "Never in the annals of military history have so many surrendered to so few"
A few months later knowing the elite men that invaded Greece were not the same colonial troops but the well trained Alpinist and when same were routed by the outnumbered and out gunned Greeks a general stated to Churchill; "Those Greeks fight like heroes!" To which Churchill replied: "Greeks don't fight like heroes, heroes fight like Greeks"

Of course that leads us to one Leonidas leader of the 300 when ordered to surrender his weapons and in front of all the armies of the known world he replied" Come and take them"
The Persian irritated exclaimed. "We have so many archers we shall fill the air with arrows and blot out the sun"
Leonidas replied ' We shall enjoy fighting in the shade."
(No, I have not seen the 300, I read!)

However, most of the above postings I recognize from CoD and CoD2!

One more: A young German commander in Russia having been gravely wounded and lying on the ground next to his men he was tapping the piece of wood next to him and said:
"Do you hear that? It is death knocking"
He then stopped.


05-29-2007, 01:27 AM
As we are on a "Winnie" trip at the moment http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

His famous Zürich speech in which he proposed the creation of what he envisioned as a "United States of Europe" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

To hear that kind of talk coming from Britain almost scares me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

He also mentioned something science fiction like during that speech......he called it European Union..... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

'The first step in the recreation of the European family must be a partnership between France and Germany. In this way only can France recover the moral and cultural leadership of Europe. There can be no revival of Europe without a spiritually great France and a spiritually great Germany.'

* 'In all this urgent work France and Germany must take the lead together. Great Britain, the British Commonwealth of Nations, mighty America, and, I trust, Soviet Russia -for then, indeed, all would be well - must be the friends and sponsors of the new Europe and must champion its right to live.'

Therefore I say to you: ' Let Europe arise.'

What is this sovereign remedy? It is to recreate the European fabric, or as much of it at we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, in safety, and in freedom. We must build a kind of United States of Europe. In this way only will hundreds of millions of toilers be able to regain the simple joys and hopes which make life worth living. The process is simple. All that is needed is the resolve of hundreds of millions of men and women to do right instead of wrong and to gain as their reward blessing instead of cursing.

Much work has been done upon this task by the exertions of the pan-European union which owes so much to and which commanded the services of the famous French patriot and statesman Aristide Briand. There is also that immense body which brought into being amidst high hopes after the first world war - the League of Nations. The league did not fail because of its principles or conceptions. It faded because those principles were deserted by those States which had brought it into being, because the Governments of those States feared to face the facts and act while time remained. This disaster must not be repeated. There is therefore much knowledge and material with which to build, and also bitter, dearly bought experience to spur.



05-29-2007, 08:03 AM
Originally posted by ottoramsaig1959:
screw em all, except for 9...6 paugh bearers, 2 road guards, 1 to call cadience

05-29-2007, 08:33 AM
"Of every one-hundred men,
Ten shouldn't even be there,
Eighty are nothing but targets,
Nine are real fighters...We are lucky to have them, They make the battle.
Ah but One, One of them is a Warrior...He will bring the others home."
-Hericletus (c. 500 B.C.)

05-30-2007, 01:19 AM
Ok, something from Greek history...

"Today, our country will not suffice just to die for it. We must also win."

Cmdr Iatridis of Greek Navy submarine "Papanikolis", Oct 1940

05-30-2007, 09:27 AM
When he gets to Heaven,
To Saint Peter he will tell:
Another Marine reporting Sir;
I've served my time in Hell.
~~ Unknown US Marine, serving at Guadalcanal

I like a different version. Not so much as a quote, but...

When I get to heaven,
St. Peter's gonna say:
"How'd you make your living? How'd you make your pay?"
And I will reply with a whole lot of anger:
"Lived my life as an airborne ranger"

05-31-2007, 01:08 PM
I like one of Guderian's short, pithy quotes: "Klotzen, nicht kleckern!" Sorry if the spelling is wrong; Celeon can correct it for me if he wishes. It means something like, 'Boot them, not tap them!" Guderian was trying to make the point that you hit the point of attack as hard as you can. He was a proponent of massed tank attacks at a weak spot in the enemy line. Hit it hard, then push through and exploit the breakthrough.

05-31-2007, 03:05 PM
I think it was Rommel.

05-31-2007, 05:57 PM
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." DDE

06-01-2007, 10:39 AM
Originally posted by Messervy:
I think it was Rommel.

It may have been. I'll have to look it up again and make a correction if I am wrong.

06-03-2007, 12:53 AM
Originally posted by Messervy:
I think it was Rommel.

Both Rommel and Guderian were advocates of this doctrine. They both followed it, succesfully

06-04-2007, 06:03 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif For some reason this one has always stuck in my mind. I may be paraphrasing slightly. It is attributed to George Patton.

Upon learning of the reply "Nuts!" to the German surrender demand by the commanding general at Bastogne, Patton replied: "a man that articulate has to be saved!"

06-05-2007, 10:08 AM
And, of course, the airborne guys argued that they were never in need of "saving" in the first place.

06-05-2007, 10:54 AM
'The enemies enemy is a friend'

by Sun Tsu in The art of Warfare