September 1941

The Marines-Old Style

Volume 25, Issue 3

THE Marines have the situation well in hand." The phrasing of that line is modern, but the idea is old. Polybius, writing in the second century B.C., said that "although skilful seamanship is of no little consequence in naval warfare, it is the courage of the Marines that really turns the tide in the direction of victory." This passage is found in his sixth book, the one in which he discourses at length upon the Roman system of government, and he is referring to the Roman Marines.

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