Introduction The revenge of the forty-seven rōnin (四十七士, Shijūshichishi), also known as the Akō incident (赤穂事件, Akō jiken) or Akō vendetta, is a historical 18th-century event in Japan in which a band of rōnin (leaderless samurai) avenged the death of their master. The incident has since become legendary. It is one of the three major… Read More
“July 24th  I suddenly spied two panic‐stricken Jocks blundering back from the trenches over the open. I went out and brought them in to the C.O. I don’t suppose the case will go further, partly because the C.O. is human and understanding, and partly for the honour of the regiment. I think he let… Read More
“Honor to the soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause, Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, ashe best can, the same cause – honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storm of heaven and the… Read More
“Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.” William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616), from Julius Caesar Shakespeare was an English poet, dramatist, and actor, often called the English national poet and considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time.
“If you can’t get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?” George S. Patton Jr (1885 to 1945) George Smith Patton Junior was a US Army officer. He was an outstanding practitioner of mobile… Read More
“Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 to 1821) Also known as Napoleon I, the Corsican or the Little Corporal, he was a French general, first consul of France (1799-1804), and emperor of the French (1804-1814/15), one of the most celebrated personages in the history of the… Read More
I have a philosophy in life that rewards should be earned and not given, and the excerpt below brilliantly exemplifies that philosophy: There is a good story told, of one of Napoleon’s marshals, Lefebvre, the gallant old soldier who became Duke of Danzig. A civilian friend was once envying him his house and decorations and other awards. At… Read More