Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Quotation of the day for March 1, 2011

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Quotation of the Day for March 1, 2011

"Posting is an evil ritual: it was with devilish glee that one unit would pass on to another a soldier who they knew to be bloody useless. However, to keep the joke going, these failures were never discharged, just posted. There must have been, at one time, thousands of these idiots, all in a state of permanent transit, spending most of their life on lorries. Lots gave lorry numbers as a forwarding address. Hundreds spent the duration on board lorries, seven were even buried on them. There is a legend that the last of these idiots was discovered as late as 1949, living on the tail-board of a burnt-out ammunition lorry in a Wadi near Alamein. When located, he was naked, save for a vest and one sock: he said he was 'waiting to be posted'."

- Spike Milligan, from his World War II memoir, Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall.

Submitted by: Terry Labach
Feb. 23, 2011

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