History of the Bristish Army quote which seems relevant...

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Rhino_Stopper, Feb 28, 2006.

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  1. Read this quote today...

    Some chap called John W. Fortesque in the '70's wrote a history of the British Army from 1899 to 1930...

    "The builders of this empire were not worthy of such an army. Two centuries of persecution could not wear out its patience; two centuries of thankless toil could not abate its ardour; two centuries of conquest could not awaken its insolence. Dutiful to its masters, merciful to its enemies, it clung steadfastly to its old, simple ideas - obedience, service, sacrifice."

    It was extremely popular with the US Army post vietnam and allegedly Westmoreland kept a copy of the quote on a card in his pocket....

    Seems relevant today ?
     
  2. I've got a similar book and its amazing how little some things have changed. Pretty scary in fact!
     
  3. And the kit's been cr@p all that time too!