My favourite military quote is from Kurt Meyer, who commanded The LSSAH reconnaissance battalion on the Eastern front in 1943 and then the 12th SS “HJ” Pz Div in Normandy. A man who knew a bit about military reconnaissance in force and who remarked “It is better to point with the fist rather than the finger.”
That or Napoleon’s “I will not be the first to draw my sword but I will be the last to sheathe it!”
Well Paddy, even a military genius can get things wrong.
When in the 1800’s Napoleon heard about Robert Fulton’s newly invented steamboat, he said:- “How, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense!”