"If the blood
of France and of Germany flows again, as it did twenty-five years ago, in a
longer and even more murderous war, each of the two peoples will fight with
confidence in its own victory, but the most certain victors will be the forces
of destruction and barbarism."
- Édouard Daladier, French Premier (1939)
"Come on you
sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?"
Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, 4 june 1918.
Leading Marines at Belleu Wood.
"Army: A body of men
assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats."
- Josephus Daniels
"I don't know why I
got a medal, all I wanted was to get home alive."
Israeli paratrooper awarded after the battle of "Ammunition
one of the bloodiest fights in the 1967 war.
is part of a sailor’s life to die well"
- Commodore Stephen Decatur
on the death of Captain James Lawrence, June 1813
"I feel not a person but an instrument of destiny"
- Charles DeGaulle on entering Paris in 1944
"The graveyards are full of indispensable men"
- Charles deGaulle
"Economics is war pursued by other means"
- Raymond F. DeVoe
"Follow me if
I advance! Kill me if I retreat! Revenge me if I die!"
- Ngo Dinh Diem (on becoming
President of Vietnam)
"The services in
wartime are fit only for desperadoes, but in peace are only fit for fools."
- Benjamin Disraeli
holds every trump card, covering all areas with long-range air patrols and using
location methods against which we still have no warning...
The enemy knows all
our secrets and we know none of his."
- Grand Admiral Doenitz
Commander in Chief of the German Navy (1943)
“I asked for a few
Americans. They brought with them the courage of a whole army.”
- General Abdul Rashid Dostum
on the Green Berets in Nov. 2001
The issue is not war and peace, rather, how best to preserve
- General Russell E. Dougherty
To conquer the
command of the air means victory; to be beaten in the air means defeat.
- General Giulio
The Command of the Air, 1921
smiles upon those who anticipate the changes in the character of war, not upon
those who wait to adapt themselves after they occur"
- General Giulio Douhet