Saturday, 25 April 2020

"If I had to take hell, I would use the Australians to take it and the New Zealanders to hold it." #QotD



"If I had to take hell, I would use the Australians to take it and the New Zealanders to hold it." 
           ~ Afrika Korps commander Erwin Rommel (quoted in Desert Fox, p. 115) 
"If I'd had one division of Maori, I would have taken the canal in a week. If I'd had three, I'd have taken Baghdad." 
           ~ attrib. Erwin Rommel
[Hat tip Steve Hale]
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5 comments:

  1. Yes and if he looked at New Zealand men now he would say >" Why are those pathetic wimps hiding in the trenches? " There is not one of us out there with fury against rampant Police State and Socialism ? By Christ when I get back there expect acrion,

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  2. Interesting that he would use Australians to take it and New Zealanders to hold it.

    Thinking of the Australians holding Tobruk and the New Zealanders' dogged advances in Operation Crusader, the break out at Minqar Qaim, Ruweisat Ridge, the El Mreir Depression, El Alamein, Halfaya Pass, Tebaga Gap, Enfidaville and Takrouna and the inability to hold out / hold the line in Crete, at Sidi Rezegh and Belhamed, Minqar Qaim, I would have thought he'd have NZers doing the assaulting.

    I guess I don't know much of the Australians' attacking abilities - and it must speak volumes for them.

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    1. Maybe he was thinking more of WWI: how Monash and the Australians changed the way the war was fought at Hamel; and how Malone and the Wellingtons hung on at Chunuk Bair...

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  3. Garrison job in hell doesn't sound like a great deal for the Kiwis....

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  4. I bet there'd be things to enjoy about the R & R.

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