quote by John J. Pershing

Infantry, Artillery, Aviation - all that we have - are yours to dispose of as you will. . . . I have come to say to you that the American people would be proud to be engaged in the greatest battle in history.

— John J. Pershing

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If we come to a minefield, our infantry attacks exactly as it were not there.

The harder the fighting and the longer the war, the more the infantry, and in fact all the arms, lean on the gunners.

I love the infantry because they are the underdogs.

They are the mud-rain-frost-and-wind boys. They have no comforts, and they even learn to live without the necessities. And in the end they are the guys that wars can't be won without.

By the last returns to the Department of War the militia force of the several States may be estimated at 800,000 men - infantry, artillery, and cavalry.

Artillery conquers and infantry occupies.

Some say an army of horsemen, or infantry, A fleet of ships is the fairest thing On the face of the black earth, but I say It's what one loves.

They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist...

As a result of the cold, the machine-guns were no longer able to fire.

..the result of all this was a panic...The battle worthiness of our infantry is at an end

I'm convinced that the infantry is the group in the army which gives more and gets less than anybody else.

An aggressive war is the great crime against everything good in the world.

A defensive war, which must necessarily turn to aggressive at the earliest moment, is the necessary great counter-crime. But never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. Ask the infantry and ask the dead.

Infantry must move forward to close with the enemy.

It must shoot in order to move.... To halt under fire is folly. To halt under fire and not fire back is suicide. Officers must set the example

I think of myself as Special Forces, clearing the path for the infantry.

A perfect writer would make words sing, dance, kiss, do the male and female act, bear children, weep, bleed, rage, stab, steal, fire cannon, steer ships, sack cities, charge with cavalry or infantry, or do anything that man or woman or the natural powers can do.

Once the mass of the defending infantry become possessed of low moral, the battle is as good as lost.

I am in the infantry for 17 weeks and after that I don't know where I am going.

Of course, I also attribute some of my hearing loss to being in the infantry in World War II. It's probably a combination of heredity and noise exposure.

My father - I once asked him what was his greatest achievement.

He said his greatest achievement was that he fought in five wars in the infantry, always on the front line, and never hurt anybody.

My garden is the most beautiful thing in the world.

When everyone's focused on the conventional parts of war - doing infantry imbeds or chasing IEDs - you look at the thing that seems not that interesting to people, like the circumstances of logistics workers cooking the troops' food or cleaning their latrines.

There are now 17,000 local American police forces that are armed with rocket launchers, bazookas, heavy machine guns, all kinds of chemical sprays, in fact some of them have tanks. You now have local police departments that are equipped beyond the standard of American heavy infantry.

The army consists of the first infantry division and eight million replacements.

There are no women in these ground combat jobs.

Women, of course, have been flying combat missions in fighter jets, attack helicopters, for more than 20 years, but beginning this week, those ground combat jobs in infantry, artillery and armor will be open to women. Officials don't expect a rush of women interested.

Charges of cavalry are equally useful at the beginning, the middle and the end of a battle. They should be made always, if possible, on the flanks of the infantry, especially when the latter is engaged in front.

We live in a selectively infantilized culture where twentysomethings are children if they're serving in the Third Infantry Division in Ramadi but grown-ups making rational choices if they drop to the broadloom in President Clinton's Oval Office.

All front-line combat jobs in the infantry, special operations units and elsewhere are now open to women.

The most beautiful thing in the world is freedom of speech.

The surest way to become a pacifist is to join the infantry.

Being shelled is the main work of an infantry soldier, which no one talks about.

Everyone has his own way of going about it. In general, it means lying face down and contracting your body into as small a space as possible.

But they (the infantry) had no use for boys of twelve and thirteen, and before I had a chance in another war, the desire to kill people to whom I had not been introduced had passed away.

Marine and Army women have deployed with infantry units in Iraq and Afghanistan in what's called female engagement teams, going into villages, talking with women and sometimes coming under fire.

Do not touch anything unnecessarily. Beware of pretty girls in dance halls and parks who may be spies, as well as bicycles, revolvers, uniforms, arms, dead horses, and men lying on roads - they are not there accidentally. Soviet infantry manual, issued in the 1930's Only the winners decide what were war crimes.

Good infantry is without doubt the sinews of an army;

but if it has to fight a long time against very superior artillery, it will become demoralized and will be destroyed.

Artillery is more essential to cavalry than to infantry, because cavalry has no fire for its defence, but depends on the sabre.

The Puerto Ricans forming the ranks of the gallant 65th Infantry on the battlefields of Korea … are writing a brilliant record of achievement in battle and I am proud indeed to have them in this command. I wish that we might have many more like them.

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