[Ads-l] Battle of the Bulge Quote

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 2 16:41:53 UTC 2016

And the factitious "Send us more Japs!"


On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:57 AM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

> From yet another war, there is this from USMC Maj. Gen. Oliver Smith,
> quoted in Time, 18 Dec 1950:
> "Retreat, hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different
> direction."
> And there is this attributed to Marine Col. Chesty Puller also in 1950
> during the retreat from the Chosin Reservoir (but for which I can't find an
> authoritative source):
> "So they've got us surrounded--good! Now we can fire in any direction.
> Those bastards won't get away this time!"
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of James A. Landau
> Sent: Monday, May 02, 2016 10:02 AM
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Battle of the Bulge Quote
> Here is the quote from Ferdinand Foch that I was thinking of, from the
> Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferdinand_Foch
> <quote>
> During the advance at the marshes at St.-Gond [Foch] is said to have
> declared: "My centre is yielding. My right is retreating. Situation
> excellent. I am attacking."[10] These words were seen as a symbol both of
> Foch's leadership and of French determination to resist the invader at any
> cost, although there is little evidence that the signal was sent.[11] <end
> quote>
> Footnote [10] reads: ^ Raymond Recouly, Foch: Le Vainqueur de la Guerre
> [Foch: The victor of the war] (Paris, France: Hachette, 1919), page 121 :
> "Mon centre c├ęde, ma droite recule, situation excellente, j'attaque." (My
> centre is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am
> attacking.)
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