"A Copse. Evening"

"A Copse. Evening"
A. Y. Jackson, 1918
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Happy Armistice Day

Dedicated to the memory of Pvt.G. E. Ellison, last British casualty of the war, killed at 10:57, Nov. 11, 1918. Also to Pvt. Henry Gunther, last US casualty, killed at 10:59, two minutes later.
Also not to be forgotten, General Sir Arthur Currie, commander of Canadian Forces who, during the final fifteen minutes of the war, facilitated the pointless and symbolic retaking of Mons by the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, who'd been driven from the city in Autumn of 1914.
Capt. Harry S. Truman, commander of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, 35th Division, whose battery fired 164 rounds of 75mm on the morning of the 11th and who didn't even inform his men of the armistice until exactly 11:00.
Mostly dedicated to the unknown German machine gunner who, at precisely 11:00 fired his Maxim's entire belt into the air without a pause, then climbed up on the parapet and took a bow. (From "The Great War and Modern Memory" by Paul Fussell. Source for the first factoids: "Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour" by Joseph Persico)

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