Monday, July 21, 2008

Heroism

This has nothing whatsoever to do with the matter of this blog, coming merely from my extra-curricular reading, but it's so badass I have to point it out:

At one point General Weygand mentioned that the French might have to ask for an armistice. Reynaud at once snapped at him: "That is a political affair." According to Ismay I said: "If it is thought best for France in her agony that her Army should capitulate, let there be no hesitation on our account, because whatever you may do we shall fight on forever and ever and ever." When I said that the French Army, fighting on, wherever it might be, could hold or wear out a hundred German divisions, General Weygand replied: "Even if that were so, they would still hav another hundred to invade and conquer you. What would you do then?" On this I said that I was not a military expert, but that my technical advisers were of opinion that the best method of dealing with German invasion of the island of Britain was to drown as many as possible on the way over and knock the others on the head as they crawled ashore.


--Churchill, The Second World War, vol. II, 155.

2 comments:

Lee Faber said...

hella cool

Michael said...

Oh yeah baby. I liked the first volume, but in the second, once the fighting actually starts fuh realz, *everyone* in Britain, not just Churchill, comes off sounding half-viking half-crusader. It's awesome.