General Sam Houston and others used the rallying cry “Remember the Alamo” to whet their troops’ appetite for vengeance, and in April 1836, the Texans routed a superior Mexican army and captured Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. “It was the ugliest sound that any mortal ever heard—even a mortal exhausted and unnerved by two days of hard fighting, without sleep, without rest, without food and without hope.” That was legendary writer and Union army veteran Ambrose Bierce’s description of the “rebel yell,” the notorious battle cry of Confederate forces during the Civil War.“Remember the Alamo” lived on even after the United States annexed Texas in 1845, and was later revived by U. This banshee scream was the Confederacy’s calling card for most of the war, but its sound has long been the subject of debate. Fremantle, a British observer at Gettysburg, noted that, “Confederate officers declare that the rebel yell has a particular merit, and always produces a salutary and useful effect upon their adversaries.I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you get so sore at yourself you forget to hate your enemies.Will Rogers The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. Oscar Wilde Men forget everything; women remember everything. Jack Handey It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog! Rita Rudner To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.
This was due in part to the brutal policies of Joseph Stalin, who instituted a “Not One Step Back” policy and executed thousands of his own men, but it was also thanks to the grit of the Soviet soldiers, who announced their intention to fight to the last with the rallying cry, “There is no land for us beyond the Volga.” The stalwart defenders endured months of frantic block-to-block combat until late-1942, when a Soviet counterattack encircled the Nazis and boxed them inside the city. But once you have the fundamentals, acquiring the experience is a matter of time. Muhammad Ali The English are not very spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity. Archie Griffin Perhaps the single most important element in mastering the techniques and tactics of racing is experience.The ancient Roman legions usually marched in silence to maintain order in their ranks, but once they encountered the enemy, their lines would erupt with intimidating war cries that some described as resembling the sound of a stampeding elephant.
The late-Roman army was particularly fond of the “Barritus,” a guttural cry that had been borrowed from Germanic warriors, many of whom had joined their ranks.
The prospect of combat is enough to leave even the bravest soldiers paralyzed with fear.