Military Related Quotations
“Let us go forward to certain victory in the
traditional night attack of the Imperial Navy. May each one of us
calmly do his utmost.”
Vice Admiral Gunichi Mikawa, Battle of Savo Island, August 9, 1942
“A platoon leader signs for approximately $4.5 million
worth of combat equipment on an organizational hand receipt.
Essentially, that's four Bradleys complete, each one with 88 to 100
lines of basic issue item (BIIs), tools, and
--Infantry Magazine, November-December 1996
“You know, it's not yet been proved to me that two
heads aren't better than one.”
Thomas Sarsfield Power, Third CINCSAC, speaking about radiation damage to the unborn in the context of Nuclear War.
“Cordite is safe as
long as you remember it is dangerous.”
Unspecified Royal Navy Manual
“War is God's way of teaching Americans
“It is suggested to the Red Army to use such German
tanks as StuG III and Pz IV due to their reliability and
availability of spare parts. The new German Panther and Tiger can be
used until they broken down without trying to repair them. They have
bad engines, transmission and suspension.”
Department of Weaponry of the Red Army, late 1944.
“Enemy introduced new tank!
Shape roughly similar to ‘Tridsatchedverka’.
Tank is heavily armored, weight is est. 40-50 tons.
Armament is probably 88mm AA gun.
We had losses at combat ranges beyond 2,000m. …”
Soviet radio message from July 8th of 1943.
“The Chief of Staff arrived one day toward the end of
the exercise. After lunch, we went to visit one of the combat
commands which was about to begin a tactical mission. I told him
that I hoped he would go along, riding in an armored personnel
carrier with an armored infantry squad. This he did. He rode in the
carrier for over two hours without a stop. When it finally halted
near the starting point, I was waiting for the Chief of Staff. As
the back doors opened, he and the infantry squad got out. They were
hot and dusty. It was obvious that they had not talked to each other
very much during the trip. The Chief of Staff, apparently a bit
shaken and bored by his long ride across country, called the squad
leader and said, "Sergeant, doesn't the heat, noise, darkness,
vibration and dust inside of the carrier bother you and your men?"
To which the Sergeant answered, "Yes sir, but not as much as
“When the Armored Personnel Carrier was saved for the Army” - General Bruce C. Clarke USA (Ret); Armor – September-October 1971
“[In the Future], anything worth the cost of a missile,
which can be located on the battlefield, will be shot at with
missiles. If the U.S. Military is involved, then things which are
not worth the cost of a missile will also be shot at with
‘Sea Skimmer’ on the Star Destroyer Net forums
“If you really want to know what it was like to fight
in the air in the Great War, then go up to someone you have never
met before...and pour a two-gallon tin of petrol over them. Then
apply a match, and when they are nicely ablaze, push them from a
fifteenth-floor window, after perhaps shooting them a few times in
the back with a revolver.”
From John Biggin’s ‘The Two Headed Eagle’
Somewhere in Russia, a brand-new 600 Mercedes hits an old
rusty armored car on the crossroads. A new Russian comes out of it,
shouting to his bratki to beat up whoever is in the armored
car. An old man comes out of the armored car and raises his
eyebrows. He says:“It seems you, batenka, have ventured
into the wrong anecdote. Comrade Dzerzhinsky, would you please shoot
this bourgeois on-sight?”
Unknown author. Not a military quote, but humorous enough for this page as it is a Russian joke that combines the New/Old Russian joke and the Lenin joke into one trifecta.
“The Navy is a machine invented by geniuses, to be run
Herman Wouk, ‘The Caine Mutiny’
“Only he is lost, who gives himself up for lost.”
Hans Ulrich Rudel, Stuka Pilot
“Ban the bomb! Save the world for conventional
“A mouse is an animal that if killed in sufficiently
many and creative ways will generate a PhD.”
Unknown author. Not a military quote but humorous enough for this page.