Posted: Feb 03, 2013 9:03 pm
by kiore
pensioner wrote:Another good one from the same guy.

Thanks for that Pen.. I think this true of any age reminds me of Arthur Wellesley's (also called the Duke of Wellington) quote:

Speaking about soldiers in the British Army, 4 November 1831
A French army is composed very differently from ours. The conscription calls out a share of every class — no matter whether your son or my son — all must march; but our friends — I may say it in this room — are the very scum of the earth. People talk of their enlisting from their fine military feeling — all stuff — no such thing. Some of our men enlist from having got bastard children — some for minor offences — many more for drink; but you can hardly conceive such a set brought together, and it really is wonderful that we should have made them the fine fellows they are.

:cheers: for the scum :cheers: