Napolean quote emailed to me...




 
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October 21st, 2003  
GuyontheRight
 

Topic: Napolean quote emailed to me...


"No plan survives first contact with the enemy." - Napolean Bonaparte

A MSgt emailed this too me, saying he didnt see it on the site
October 22nd, 2003  
Redleg
 
 
Hm...

I haven't found any proof that Napolen said that.

The quote "No plan survives contact with the enemy" is normally attributet to Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke, German Chief of Staff 1906-1914.

But it may be much older than that.
I'll try to find out more about this one.
October 22nd, 2003  
GuyontheRight
 
As I said, I was emailed by a MSgt during your absence Redleg. If you want, I can provide you with the proper contact adress.
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October 22nd, 2003  
Redleg
 
 
I'll try to do some research on my own first.
Adding some quotes and mottos to the site this weekend, I'll try to do some research then.
October 24th, 2003  
Gunner13
 
 

Topic: Napoleon Quote


The quote in question is indeed by von Moltke The Elder, not Napoleon. This is a condensed version of a longer remark he made in his writings on the Franco-Prussian War:

"No operation plan extends with any certainty beyond the first encounter with the main body of the enemy. It is only the layman who, as a campaign develops, thinks he sees the original plan being systematically fulfilled in every detail to its preconceived conclusion."

I think everyone would agree that the shorter version captures the essence of what he meant however.
October 24th, 2003  
GuyontheRight
 
Ok, good to see that resolved
October 24th, 2003  
Redleg
 
 
Thanks Gunner...
I'll add that one to the site