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Boys who think that it is all glory …

January 14, 2012

“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but boys, it is all h%%l.” – Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

Boys who think that war is all glory and leftie loonies who think that war is all gross immorality may get upset by pacifist propaganda poppycock. Like the laltest tempest in a teapot which is purposely left unlinked.

Bill Kristol’s article “Men at War” provides a correct and corrective perspective:

“But it’s also worth noting that p%%sing has a distinguished place in American military history. Most famously, General George S. Patton relieved himself in the Rhine on March 24, 1945—and made sure he was photographed doing so. Patton later recalled: “I drove to the Rhine River and went across on the pontoon bridge. I stopped in the middle to take a p%%s and then picked up some dirt on the far side in emulation of William the Conqueror.” (At the time, actually, Patton was less concerned with emulating William the Conqueror and more worried about finishing off the enemy. Later that day he sent a communiqué to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in command of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force: “Dear SHAEF, I have just p%%sed into the Rhine River. For G%%’s sake, send some gasoline.”)”

Full disclosure. A shipmate of mine received a much desired transfer to naval aviation at Pensacola. He later wrote that when on his way he relieved himself in the river for which our ship was named. The ship was later named best in its class in the Atlantic Fleet. Thanks mostly to our Chief Engineering Officer, a qualified U.S. Merchant Marine Chief Engineer and a hero of World War II. As a sixteen year old Boy Scout in Maine, he discovered the infiltration of two , later captured, Nazi spies from a German submarine.

Some may rise above urological degradation, as also Germany did after General Patton. But, not, I believe, the Taliban.

From → National - USA

One Comment
  1. Unable to verify on Google, but I understand that one of Napolean’s marshals, after decades if very active service was asked what was the greatest lesson of his long and distinguished military career. He replied, “Whenever you have an opportunity, uninate.”

    Some believe that the battle of Waterloo was lost because Napolean left Marshall Ney in charge while he left the field to relieve himself.

    Unwarrented delicacy is a military disability.

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