Who said that?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by the_mentalist, Dec 4, 2012.

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  1. I once heard said:

    'The battle doesnt start until the Quartermaster says so'

    Is that something that someone made up, or is it actually a military quote? If so, who said it?
    I have tried to google it but had no joy!


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  2. Probably said by a QM, up his own arse and always says no.
  3. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

  4. I broke mine becuase he tried that.
  5. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    You broke your arse?
  6. The battle doesnt start until the Port-a-loo's turn up on Sailsbury Plain nowadays.
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  7. Michael McKevitt
  8. Are they amphibious?
  9. I did hear a nice little dit.
    The General walks along with his Ops Officer and Int Officer on either side of him - His head of logistics trails behind.
    The Int Officer tells him what the enemy are up to.
    The Ops Officer tells him what they should do.

    Then the QM pipes up "err, excuse me, but we can't do that because..."
  10. Gosh you have got a good memory. One field hospital lost a CES of tentage on the Conveyor, and a second set in the aforementioned conflagration. It happened shortly before a big audit, but that was only a story told to me by older, real soldiers.
  11. CanteenCowboy

    CanteenCowboy LE Book Reviewer

    I joined in 1988, the clothing store at SDD was still using that as an excuse, and us poor recruits had no idea what they were going on about......
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  12. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer


    This site has loads of red arses on it. :)
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  13. In answer to the OP it might have been Rommel.
  14. Indeed it may have been a bastardisation of his quote:

    'An adequate supply system and stocks of weapons, petrol and ammunition are essential conditions for any army to be able to stand successfully the strain of battle. Before the fighting proper, the battle is fought and decided by the Quartermasters.'