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165347.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 11:05 am Reply with quote

Q:Which war was won on the playing fields of Eton?

F: The Battle of Waterloo

A: The First World War, according to Adolf Hitler

As I think we mentioned in the Book of Gen Ig, this saying was incorrectly connected with Wellington who hated sports, and indeed, hated Eton.

The correct answer is the First World War, according to none other than Adolf Hitler.

Anthony Eden went to meet Hitler in Berchtesgaden in the months before Munich, with whom he expected to exchange war memories. But the Fuhrer only wanted to talk about one thing: Eton.

Hitler was convinced that Britain owed its victory in the Great War over Germany to the military ethos of Eton.

Eden, an Old Etonian himself, attempted to set the Fuhrer right and told him that The Eton College Corps was a shambles.

Nevertheless, Hitler still ensured that Eton got bombed in World War II.

Source: The Importance of Being Eton, Nick Fraser, Short Books,9171,851140,00.html

165400.  Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:35 pm Reply with quote

Would have got me, but I see it said that the (mis)attribution to Wellington was first made in 1856.

165575.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:02 am Reply with quote

On the other hand, “Who thought the war was won on the playing fields of Eton?” would legitimately enable the answer Hitler and the forfeit Wellington.

165590.  Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:25 am Reply with quote

That's good Mat.


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