“Advance”! yelled the thirteen year old. “Stand your ground! Don’t fire till you see the whites of their eyes! Bring up the rear, advance!”
The other children, dressed in old “Army” gear, holding their wooden guns and swords, lined beside their leader, the older brother. “Fix bayonets! Charge! Everybody goes with me!”
As he spies the neighbor’s family, the littlest one complains, “But the enemy is bigger, and scary! Maybe we should retreat?”
“Retreat? Hell, we just got here!” said the leader. Laughter erupted in the others, hearing the “bad word”.
When looking up some of these quotes, found this one I like:
“I hear a lot of crap about what a glorious thing it is to die for your country. It isn’t glorious—it’s stupid! You don’t go into battle to die for your country. You go into battle to make the other bastard die for his country.” George Patton