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1 year 46 weeks ago, 9:09 AM

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Molon Labe

Molon labe
(mo-lone lah-veh)

Two little words. With these two words, two concepts were verbalized that have lived for nearly two and a half Millennia. They signify and characterize both the heart of the Warrior, and the indomitable spirit of mankind. From the ancient Greek, they are the reply of the Spartan General-King Leonidas to Xerxes, the Persian Emperor who came with 600,000 of the fiercest fighting troops in the world to conquer and invade little Greece, then the center and birthplace of civilization as we know it. When Xerxes offered to spare the lives of Leonidas, his 300 personal bodyguards and a handful of Thebans and others who volunteered to defend their country, if they would lay down their arms, Leonidas shouted these two words back.

Molon Labe! (mo-lone lah-veh)

They mean, “Come and get them!” They live on today as the most notable quote in military history. And so began the classic example of courage and valor in its dismissal of overwhelming superiority of numbers, wherein the heart and spirit of brave men overcame insuperable odds. Today, there lies a plaque dedicated to these heroes all at the site. It reads: “Go tell the Spartans, travelers passing by, that here, obedient to their laws we lie.”
We have adopted this defiant utterance as a battle cry in our war against oppression because it says so clearly and simply towards those who would take our arms.
It signifies our determination to not strike the first blow, but also to not stand mute and allow our loved ones, and all that we believe in and stand for, to be trampled by men who would deprive us of our God-given – or natural, if you will – rights to suit their own ends.

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1 year 45 weeks ago, 7:08 AM

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General McAuliffe's message to the Nazi commander at Bastogne, during "the Battle of the Bulge". It was short and to the point------

"NUTS!!"

Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
1 year 45 weeks ago, 9:01 AM

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LLE, I'm not sure

that's all he said. I'd like to think the acting commander of the best and most powerful division in the world would have replied with something along the lines of "If those krauts think we're going to surrender, they can all suck my hairy nuts". The aide, being a bit more diplomatic, simply shortened it to the one word reply. Did it actually happen that way? Probably not. But as a former Screaming Eagle, I can dream, right?

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
1 year 45 weeks ago, 10:47 AM

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Nuts

I know in the patton movie they had that in one of the scens. However, they took a lot of liberties with that movie. I guess it would be easy enough to investigate.

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1 year 45 weeks ago, 2:03 PM

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Runny & Max

I am not certain of the authenticity of the story, or how good a source military.com is, but the story does seem to be given credence from several sources on the internet. I especially liked the one where his Aide explained to the Germans that "Nuts!" meant something like "Go to Hell!"

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1 year 44 weeks ago, 1:31 PM

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LLE

I do beleive it is true, if it was me, I would have used words that began with F.

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