"I don't know ..." comments of Arthur Wellesley

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I don't know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.

1st Duke Wellington, Arthur Wellesley
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke Wellington (1769-1852), British soldier, prime minister. Dispatch, August 1810. Speaking of his generals—though commonly thought to refer to the rank-and-file soldiers. A similar remark is attributed to English Prime Minister Lord North, 1776-1777.