Wednesday, October 26, 2005

One More Anecdote

One more from the Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes.

#164.

General Sir William Payne, Bt, at that time [July-August 1809] commanding the cavalry, was noted for his eccentricity. During the retreat from Talavera he addressed the cavalry commissaries as follows: 'Owing to the exertions it would entail, a commissary who did his duty in this country could not possibly remain alive. He would be forced to die. Of all my commissaries, not one has yet sacrificed his life; consequently they are not doing their duty.' Schaumann (a German) commented: 'Most Englishmen of high position, particularly when they are serving in a hot climate, are a little mad.'

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