Tired Infantry

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The infantryman is always more tired than the cavalryman, Colonel Ardant Du Picq reminds us:

His morale is therefore harder to keep up.


  1. Ed says:

    “They were officers of cavalry, and their connection with the high-spirited but fanciful animal which carries men into battle seems particularly appropriate. It would be difficult to imagine for heroes of this legend two officers of infantry of the line, for example, whose fantasy is tamed by much walking exercise, and whose valour necessarily must be of a more plodding kind. As to gunners or engineers, whose heads are kept cool on a diet of mathematics, it is simply unthinkable.”

    The Duel: A Military Tale, by Joseph Conrad

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