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“Retreat ? Hell, we only just got here.”

Postby toucana on November 10th, 2018, 4:06 pm 

President Donald Trump landed in France earlier today and promptly cancelled his scheduled visit to the military cemetery near Aisne-Marne, because it was raining.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/10/trump-baltics-balkans-mixup-le-monde-belleau-cemetery-paris

The visit to the cemetery was supposed to be a major ceremonial occasion to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 on Armistice Day, “the day the guns fell silent”, on 11 November 1918.

The visit was also meant to honour the fallen American war heroes of the Marines Corps who died in the nearby Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918, and who are all buried at the military cemetery in Aisne-Marne.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Belleau_Wood

The Battle of Belleau Wood which was fought in June 1918 was the bloodiest engagement of American forces in the whole of WW1, and subsequently became part of the heroic battle history of the US Marine Corps.

Two full US divisions including the 5th Brigade Marines who had only just arrived in France fought a major battle to halt a final massive assault by the German army that was newly bolstered with units returned from the eastern front after the capitulation of Imperial Russia in the wake of the Bolshevik revolution. The German commanders were desperate to launch a major offensive before the newly arrived American forces could fully deploy and consolidate their positions.

After several days of murderous fighting during which the US forces had suffered almost 8,000 casualties (1,811 killed), the American Marines were advised by their French allies to withdraw from their positions in Belleau Wood.

“Retreat ? Hell, we only just got here” replied the American commander. - Lucky it wasn’t raining.
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Re: “Retreat ? Hell, we only just got here.”

Postby TheVat on November 10th, 2018, 5:30 pm 

A man has his reasons.

my guesses:

1. Bone spurs ache when it rains

2. Rain messes up his hairdo

3. It's just a bunch of dead people

4. Very bad planning from the stupid French

5. Macron guest rooms have all his favorite cable channels, and French porn is amazing
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Re: “Retreat ? Hell, we only just got here.”

Postby Forest_Dump on November 10th, 2018, 7:06 pm 

When Trudeau was there in 2017 for the 75th anniversary of Dieppe he gave a speech in the rain noting that the few minutes of discomfort they were experiencing was nothing compared to the rain of bullets the soldiers had faced during the war.
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Re: “Retreat ? Hell, we only just got here.”

Postby edy420 on November 11th, 2018, 2:00 am 

Braininvat » 11 Nov 2018, 10:30 wrote:A man has his reasons.

my guesses:

1. Bone spurs ache when it rains

2. Rain messes up his hairdo

3. It's just a bunch of dead people

4. Very bad planning from the stupid French

5. Macron guest rooms have all his favorite cable channels, and French porn is amazing


6. The rain washes away his orange skin tone. And reveals he is Mexican.
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