[PW] " An Army Marches on Its Stomach "

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Thu Dec 29 16:04:16 PST 2016

Below is an ascription to Napoleon of the "army travels on its belly"
in 1869. Perhaps the writer read Carlyle and came to the same
conclusion as Charlie. The quotation later evolved to use "march" and
"stomach" while retaining the link to Napoleon. (The YBQ 1866 cite is
attributed to Frederick).

Date: November 1869
Periodical: The Overland Monthly
Volume 3, Number 5
Article: Under Fire
Start Page 432, Quote Page 434
Database: Google Books


[Begin excerpt]
Napoleon's maxim, that an army travels on its belly, was metaphorical;
but long range and repeating rifles have made it approximately true in
a literal sense. Our double lines of battle sought the shelter of the
ground as soon as blood was drawn.
[End excerpt]


On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 5:44 PM, Barbara Schmidt <schmidtbrb at gmail.com> wrote:
> The thought occurs to me that the original wording of this quote, if it
> came from Friedrich II, would have been in German.  Are there original
> letters or writings from Friedrich that contain the sentiment in the German
> language? German translations into English can be tricky if one does not
> have the entire context.
> Barb
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