State of the Army


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4v50 Gary
March 7, 2003, 03:49 PM
"The men looked haggard and pallid and were poorly dressed. Indeed very many stood quite proudly under arms without shoes and stockings. Although I shuddered at the distress of these men, it filled me with awe for them, for I did not think there was an army in the world which could be maintained as cheaply as the American army... - What army could be maintained in this manner? None, certainly, for the whole army would gradually run away. - This, too, is a part of the "Liberty and Independence" for which these poor fellows had to have their arms and legs smashed. - But to what cannot enthusiasm lead a people!"

Capt. Johann von Ewald. Hesse Jager Korps, 1782. Excerpt from Diary of the American War: A Hessian Journal

Hats off to our early patriots.

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Ledbetter
March 7, 2003, 05:31 PM
May their spirit live on.

telewinz
March 7, 2003, 05:38 PM
I dare say no-one can say that about our Army, but maybe it would apply to the French Army and also the Iraq Army, soon , very, very soon!:fire:

seeker_two
March 7, 2003, 05:58 PM
...but maybe it would apply to the French Army...

Are you serious? If the French run out of Perrier & cheese, their front line would disintegrate! :what:

(Of course, every French soldier knows what the term "front line" means--it's the direction to run away from...:evil: )

Blackhawk
March 7, 2003, 07:13 PM
Hats off to our early patriots.Indeed, and a sincere salute!

jmbg29
March 7, 2003, 10:39 PM
Hats off to our patriots!

Of every age.

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