Military History Quotes

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Joseph L. Galloway
“We were children of the 1950s and John Kennedy's young stalwarts of the early 1960s. He told the world that Americans would "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship" in the defense of freedom. We were the down payment on that costly contract, but the man who signed it was not there when we fulfilled his promise. John Kennedy waited for us on a hill in Arlington National Cemetery, and in time we came by the thousands to fill those slopes with out white marble markers and to ask on the murmur of the wind if that was truely the future he had envisioned for us.”
Joseph L. Galloway

David H. Hackworth
“Only a foolish woman would allow her man to earn his living as a moving target.”
David H. Hackworth

Alistair Urquhart
“Life is worth living and no matter what it throws at you it is important to keep your eyes on the prize of the happiness that will come. Even when the Death Railway reduced us to little more than animals, humanity in the shape of our saintly medical officers triumphed over barbarism.

Remember, while it always seems darkest before the dawn, perseverance pays off and the good times will return.”
Alistair Urquhart, The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East

Elle Thornton
“I'm too old to be ignorant as I am."
--Twelve-year-old Gabriella to the general, who does not want her to know about Emmett Till and the world's brutality.”
Elle Thornton, The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis

Mark Bowden
“I'm not a ranger, I'm a pilot.”
Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down

Adam Gopnik
“[A]s military history reveals, a bad plan is often better than no plan, especially if the people on the other side think it’s a good plan.”
Adam Gopnik

“We have been waiting for an hour when we see a squad of German soldiers line up on the roadbed alongside the train. Next comes a column of people in civilian clothes. Surely they are Jews. All of them are rather well dressed, with suitcases in their hands as if departing peacefully on vacation. They climb aboard the train while a sergeant major keeps them moving along, “Schnell, schnell.” There are men and women of all ages, even children. Among them I see one of my former students, Jeanine Crémieux. She got married in 1941 and had a baby last spring. She is holding the infant in her left arm and a suitcase in her right hand. The first step is very high above the rocky roadbed. She puts the suitcase on the step and holds on with one hand to the doorjamb, but she can’t quite hoist herself up. The sergeant major comes running, hollers, and kicks her in the rear. Losing her balance, she screams as her baby falls to the ground, a pathetic little white wailing heap. I will never know if it was hurt, because my friends pulled me back and grabbed my hand just as I was about to shoot.

Today I know what hate is, real hate, and I swear to myself that these acts will be paid for.”
Lucie Aubrac, Outwitting the Gestapo

“Warfare is a series of tragedies enjoined by logistics.”
Kevin Carson

Alex Morritt
“Listening to the shrill rhetoric of hard line Brexiteers - either extolling the virtues of a 'no deal' Brexit, or suggesting its inevitability is simply down to the intransigence of the EU - I am reminded of another great folly in British history: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. It is as if we are witnessing a modern day re-enactment of that foolhardy military manoeuvre in which a mix of poor communication, rash decisions and vainglorious personalities led to the needless massacre of countless cavalrymen. Messrs. Fox, Johnson and Rees-Mogg may relish the idea of charging headlong into battle against a well prepared and strongly defended position, immune to the ensuing casualties and collateral damage. It would be appreciated if they could kindly leave the rest of us out of their futile and reckless endeavours.”
Alex Morritt, Lines & Lenses

David G. Chandler
“No one would deny that all wars and battles are regrettable acts of human folly, causing unjustifiable agony and distress to combatants and non-combatants alike-but these considerations should not preclude their serious study, if only to avoid the mistakes of the past which make such tragedies inevitable.”
David G. Chandler, A Guide to the Battlefields of Europe

Bill  Bowers
“Then, out of the blue, I had the ah ha moment of inspiration at one of our 3rd SPG reunions as I listened to everyone reminisce. I realized our stories connected us to one another.”
Bill Bowers, Nighthawk: A Young Airman's Tour at Clark Air Base

Carter F. Smith
“Congress has mandated an annual report on street gang, outlaw biker, and domestic extremist activity in the military since 2008.”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

Carter F. Smith
“Members of every major street gang, outlaw biker, and domestic extremist group have been found in a number of military branches.”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

Hank Bracker
“The name Camp Columbia came from a historic and rather poetic name for the United States. It was founded in 1898, for the purpose of housing U.S. Army troops during the provisional American protectorate over Cuba. It was also considered “the First American occupation of Cuba,” established in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. After the withdrawal of American troops, the military establishment was turned over to the Cuban government and became the largest Cuban army base on the island. On September 4, 1933, at Camp Columbia, an army base in Havana, Batista with his inner circle of conspirators took over power as he forced a military coup. Labor leaders who had opposed Machado’s re-election, along with “The Student Directory” comprised of teachers as well as students, joined the sergeants in assuming control of the government. In this way, Batista turned the revolt within the military into the full-blown “Revolution of 1933.”
Hank Bracker

Carter F. Smith
“The first gang members who joined the military were known as the Hounds, a group of former New York gang members.”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

Carter F. Smith
“Jesse and Frank James were the most well-known military-trained gang members”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

“What they could tell from an imprint I could barely see was astonishing. “This one old man—short steps,” they’d say, touching the ground with a walking stick; or “This is woman carrying baby;” or “This one Swapo—man with gun walks proud. You see?” “Ah, yes, mm-hmm,” I nodded, seeing nothing I could remotely identify as a footprint.”
Jim Hooper, Koevoet!

“I climbed over the machine gun and into the Casspir. Clearing my throat respectfully, I mentioned these minor points to Brand, wondering what the plan was if the bad guys slipped on down tonight and laid into us with some serious pyrotechnics. A few mortars. Maybe an RPG or two. Not that I was worried or anything like that. No, just curious. Besides, I was sure he already had everything worked out: some brilliant piece of police work which would handle any eventuality. He slapped at a mosquito. “Fuck ‘em,” he said through a yawn, “they can’t hit shit anyway.”
Jim Hooper, Koevoet!

Zita Steele
“War is a terrible thing which incurs suffering for everyone involved in it. This book is not about taking sides. It is not about passing moral verdicts. Whatever your personal views may be, it’s unquestionable that Erwin Rommel was an important historical figure. This photo collection is significant because it sheds new light on his personality, allows us to view him from a creative standpoint, and adds a groundbreaking dimension to the history of World War II.”
Zita Steele, Erwin Rommel: Photographer - Volume 1: A Survey

“The Cuban Military includes the army, air and air defense forces, navy and various youth groups and reserve components. As a United Military Force it is called the “Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias – FAR” or “The Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces.”
“FAR” extends into the civilian sector controlling 60% of the economy. Because of the overlapping interests, it is difficult to separate the various military branches which have been and are still controlled by Raúl Castro. In his speeches he frequently has stressed the military as the people's partner in the operation of the country. The General Officer’s, have duties that extend beyond their responsibilities to the military.
Prior to the 1980’s, the Cuban military depended on the Soviet Union to support them and in return, Cuba supported the Soviet Union militarily in Africa, South America and the Middle East. Throughout the 1980’s, the amount of military equipment they received gave Cuba the most formidable military in Latin America. Because of corruption and drug trafficking by the Cuban army in 1989, a move was instituted by Raúl Castro to rout out the offenders, executing some and reassigning others to the Ministry of Interior, which became part of a much smaller army.
Presently Cuba has deepened its military training program with China. The Cuban military has been reduced to 39,000 troops however the Territorial Militia Troops, the Youth Labor Army, and the Naval Militia, now more defensive in nature, still retains the potential to make any enemy invasion costly.”
Captain Hank Bracker, The Exciting Story of Cuba, Cuban History

“Polibijus pasakoja, kad Hanibalo kariuomenė po pirmosios pasalos žygiavo toliau. Ketvirtos dienos pavakary prie jų prisiartino klastingi keltai su dovanomis ir vainikais kaip taikos ženklu. Keltai pasakė, kad yra girdėję, kaip buvo pažeminti aloborgai. Jų vyresnysis netgi pasiūlė galvijų ir belaisvių, tačiau buvo matyti, kad keltai paslapčia jau galando ietis ir laukė tinkamos progos užpulti kartaginiečius. Kaip rašo Polibijus, Hanibalas neabejojo, kad keltai kažką rezga, todėl buvo labai atsargus. Nenuoširdus ir keistas keltų elgesys kėlė įtarimų, tad karvedys nusprendė pasikliauti savo instinktais.”
Patrick N. Hunt, Hannibal

“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his”
Gen George S. Patton

“In fact the United States has had no exit strategy since 1945, expect in places where we were kicked out (Vietnam) or asked to leave (the Philippines): American troops still occupy Japan, Korea, and Germany, in the seventh decade after the end of World War II. Policymakers – almost always civilians with little or no military experience (Acheson is the archetype) – get Americans into wars but cannot get them out, and soon the Pentagon takes over, establishes bases, and the entire enterprise becomes a perpetual-motion machine fuelled by a defence budget that dwarfs all others in the world.”
Bruce Cumings, The Korean War: A History

“Eventually the Korean War will be understood as one of the most destructive and one of the most important wars of the twentieth century.”
Bruce Cumings, The Korean War: A History

“It was this war and not World War II which established a far-flung American base structure abroad and a national security state at home, as defence spending nearly quadrupled in the last six months of 1950, and turned the United States in the policeman of the world.”
Bruce Cumings, The Korean War: A History

“It was this war and not World War II which established a far-flung American base structure abroad and a national security state at home, as defence spending nearly quadrupled in the last six months of 1950, and turned the United States into the policeman of the world.”
Bruce Cumings, The Korean War: A History

“Those who suffer terrible wars have a finer sense of when they begin and when they end.”
Bruce Cumings, The Korean War: A History

“Carolyn M. Edy has broadened and deepened our understanding of women war correspondents. In so doing, she has expanded our appreciation of the scope and quality of their work and has corrected the many incomplete or incorrect conclusions of those who wrote the first drafts of history. These women served, and served well, their country and their profession, and it is good to have them restored to their proper place in history.”
Michael S. Sweeney, The Military and the Press: An Uneasy Truce

Carter F. Smith
“Gangs have had connections to the U.S. Military in every period since the founding of the country.”
Carter F. Smith, Gangs and the Military: Gangsters, Bikers, and Terrorists with Military Training

Marguerite Higgins
“A military situation at its worst can inspire fighting men to perform at their best.”
Marguerite Higgins, War in Korea: The Report of a Woman Combat Correspondent

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