Why We Have A Union

More delicacies from the Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes:

I am reminded of the anecdote told by Wellington to his confidante, Mrs. Arbuthnot, on the methods Napoleon wished to employ in order to distract the Parisian public’s attention from the appalling losses in the Russian campaign then in progress. He ordered that the ballet dancers at the Opéra were to appear sans culotte [without underwear]. The order was given, but the dancers flatly refused to comply. ‘Wellington added’, says Mrs. Arbuthnot in her journal, ‘that if the women had consented he did not doubt but that it would have obliterated all recollection of the Russian losses. Wellington was categoric. “This anecdote,” he said, “he knew for a fact.” ’

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