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Before A War, Military Science Seems A Real Science, Like Astronomy. After A War It Seems More Like Astrology.
~ Dame Rebecca West
During The Second World War, The Germans Took Four Years To Build The Atlantic Wall. On Four Beaches It Held Up The Allies For About An Hour At Omaha It Held Up The U. S. For Less Than One Day. The Atlantic Wall Must Therefore Be Regarded As One Of The Greatest Blunders In Military History.
~ Stephen Ambrose
If We Slide Into One Of Those Rare Moments Of Military Honesty, We Realize That The Technical Demands Of Modern Warfare Are So Complex A Considerable Percentage Of Our Material Is Bound To Malfunction Even Before It Is Deployed Against A Foe. We No Longer Waste Manpower By Carrying The Flag Into Battle. Instead We Need Battalions Of Electronic Engineers To Keep The Terrible Machinery Grinding.
~ Ernest K. Gann, The Black Watch
And Now, Like The Old Soldier Of That Ballad, I Now Close My Military Career, And Just Fade Away... An Old Soldier Who Tried To Do His Duty, As God Gave Him The Light To See That Duty. Good-bye.
~ Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Farewell address, quoted on "We Interrupt This Broadcast" CD- ROM
For Americans War Is Almost All Of The Time A Nuisance, And Military Skill Is A Luxury Like Mah- Jongg. But When The Issue Is Brought Home To Them, War Becomes As Important, For The Necessary Period, As Business Or Sport. And It Is Hard To Decide Which Is Likely To Be The More Ominous For The Axis -- An American Decision That This Is Sport, Or That It Is Business.
~ D. W. Brogan
All Military Type Firearms Are To Be Handed In Immediately... The SS, SA And Stahlhelm Give Every Respectable German Man The Opportunity Of Campaigning With Them. Therefore Anyone Who Does Not Belong To One Of The Above Named Organisations And Who Unjustifiably Nevertheless Keeps His Weapon... Must Be Regarded As An Enemy Of The National Government.
~ SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, March, 1933
Love Is A Kind Of Military Service.
~ Latin Prove
The Consensus Seemed To Be That If Really Large Numbers Of Men Were Sent To Storm The Mountain, Then Enough Might Survive The Rocks To Take The Citadel. This Is Essentially The Basis Of All Military Thinking.
~ Terry Pratchett, Eric
Only An Alert And Knowledgeable Citizenry Can Complel The Proper Meshing Of The Huge Industrial And Military Machinery Of Defense With Our Peaceful Methods And Goals, So That Security And Liberty May Prosper Together.
~ Dwight D Eisenhowe
It Is Characteristic Of The Military Mentality That Nonhuman Factors Atom Bombs, Strategic Bases, Weapons Of All Sorts, The Possession Of Raw Materials, Etc Are Held Essential, While The Human Being, His Desires, And Thoughts - In Short, The Psychological Factors - Are Considered As Unimportant And Secondary... The Individual Is Degraded... To Human Materiel.
~ Albert Einstein
Before A War Military Science Seems A Real Science, Like Astronomy But After A War It Seems More Like Astrology.
~ Rebecca West
Airplanes Are Interesting Toys But Of No Military Value.
~ Marshal Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929), French military strategist, 1911, July 18 2005 Information Week, P. 72
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