The Duke of Wellington is reported to have said:
"Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton."
Wellington referred to the effect that athletics at Eton had in developing the character of those of its students who became officers in the British Army. Needless to say, the average British enlisted man, neither in Wellington's time nor since, had an Eton Education.
But this article is concerned with athletics as affecting the enlisted man of the Marine Corps, for athletic sports are just as necessary for men as for officers.
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