Fair Specimens of Citizen Soldiers
And Happy St. Crispin’s Day to you. I missed it yersterday, but I’ll have a drink after work today in honor of “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers [ and sisters]“. I looked at that irrefutable source, Wikipedia, and learned that Agincourt was not the only battle fought on this day, the Battle of Balaklava (Charge of the Light Brigade) during the Crimean War in 1854 and the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific theatre in 1944 were also fought on this day.
From the first time i heard this speech, I thought that Shakespeare had to have had some military training in order to have understood a soldier that well. The speech is timeless.
Bill! Indeed– if you remember from GM Fraser’s “Quartered Safe Out Here,” young Rifleman Fraser’s rough-hewn squad leader made the same assessment about Shakespeare just from his readings. (If memory serves correct.)
Thanks for the suggestion about Quartered Safe Out Here. I borrowed it from Amazon for my Kindle Fire. I’ll let you know what I think after i read it.
I though it one hell of a book! Enjoy! Especially about the Ghurkas.