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Vail Daily letter: French praise Americans

Vail Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

Came across this on The Arm-chair General Web site: http://greathistory.com/the-best- army-in-history.htm I have extracted a portion of the article which deals with a French soldier’s appreciation of our American soldiers in Afghanistan. I think all Ameri-cans need to see such comments so they know how well our sol-diers are doing.

From: ” The Best Army In His-tory,” Sept. 22, in “Military Histo-ry,” by Frank Chadwick: “It’s a game military buffs love to play: Was Alexander The Great’s army better than Genghis Khan’s? Were either of them bet-ter than the Germans in 1940? The Prussians in 1870? The Army of Northern Virginia in 1864? The Army of the Tennessee the same year? The Grande Armee in 1805? And how ‘ bout them Nor-mans, huh? “What do I think? I think they’re all pretty good, but not nearly good enough to claim the No. 1 spot. …

“Here is a view from a source which you would not expect to sugarcoat its judgment of Amer-ican combat units – the blog of a French infantryman serving in Afghanistan: “‘And they are impressive war-riors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be. …



“‘On the 1 square meter wood-en tower above the perimeter wall they stand the five consecu-tive hours in full battle rattle and night vision goggles on top, their sight unmoving in the directions of likely danger. No distractions, no pauses, they are like statues nights and days. At night, all movements are performed in the dark – only a handful of subdued red lights indicate the occasional presence of a sol-dier on the move. …

“‘And combat? If you have seen “Rambo,” you have seen it all – always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trou-ble, and always in the shortest delay. …



“‘Arriving in contact with the enemy, the way they fight is simple and disconcerting: they just charge! They disembark and assault in stride. …

“‘A passing American helicopter stops near a stranded vehicle just to check that everything is all right. An American combat team will rush to support ours before even knowing how dangerous the mission is. From what we have been given to witness, the American soldier is a beautiful and wor-thy heir to those who liberated France and Europe.'” Chadwick is The New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of the “Desert Shield Fact Book” (1991) and is currently writing a historical novel on Alexander’s conquest of Persia from the Persian point of view.

– John A. Valersky, Edwards


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