I’m back to sharing my photographs for Frizztext’s A-Z Photo Challenge as we have no Featured Photographer in the coming months. Letter this week is U and I chose the theme U is for Men in ‘Uniform’ Marching in ‘Unison’ as inspired by my trip in Prague last year. I would have loved to take them all home as a present to my ten year old daughter who’s absolutely crazy over tin soldiers and male dolls, but I figured I couldn’t fit them all in a box, and besides I might go beyond my baggage limit, so I’d have to settle for these delicious photographs.
U is Uniform: Honor Guard at Prague Castle
“Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die”
― Alfred Tennyson
“He looked at the little maiden, and she looked at him; and he felt that he was melting away, but he still managed to keep himself erect, shouldering his gun bravely.
A door was suddenly opened, the draught caught the little dancer and she fluttered like a sylph, straight into the fire, to the soldier, blazed up and was gone!
By this time the soldier was reduced to a mere lump, and when the maid took away the ashes next morning she found him, in the shape of a small tin heart. All that was left of the dancer was her spangle, and that was burnt as black as a coal.”
― Hans Christian Andersen, The Steadfast Tin Soldier
“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”
“The consensus seemed to be that if really large numbers of men were sent to storm the mountain, then enough might survive the rocks to take the citadel. This is essentially the basis of all military thinking.”
― Terry Pratchett, Eric
“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country”
― George S. Patton Jr.
“Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they’ve been given.”
― Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
“O it’s Tommy this, and Tommy that, and Tommy ‘ow’s your soul/But it’s thin red line of heroes when the drums begin to roll.”
― Rudyard Kipling, The Barrack-Room Ballads and Other Verses
“Every lover is a soldier.”
― Ovid, Amores
“A lady who sets her heart upon a lad in uniform must prepare to change lovers pretty quickly, or her life will be but a sad one.”
― William Makepeace Thackeray