Sunday, April 25, 2010

General Birdwood

In yesterday's post on the first Anzac Day, mention was made of General Birdwood.  It brought to mind an earlier post about him that is worth repeating:
When he wasn't saluted by an Australian soldier, Lieutenant General William Riddel Birdwood (above), British commander of the Gallipoli forces, asked the Digger if he knew who he was.

"Not a bloody clue," he said.

"I'm General Birdwood".

The Digger responded: "Then why don't you wear feathers in your arse like any other bird would?"

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