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Post "Many Enemies Much Honor"/"Viel Feind Viel Ehr"
Created by John Eipper on 06/03/19 8:49 AM

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"Many Enemies Much Honor"/"Viel Feind Viel Ehr" (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 06/03/19 8:49 am)

John E asked about the expression "many enemies, much honor." It means never to back down in front of many, but quite often this means that too many enemies will defeat you.

It looks like that the expression "Molti nemici molto onore" has a specific origin. The famous general Georg von Frundsberg in the service of the Habsburgs is quoted to have shouted, "Viel Feind Viel Ehr" to his troops when fighting against overwhelming Venetian forces in 1513; the expression became his motto. During WWII the Third Reich's 10 SS Division Frundsberg fought very bravely at Arheim.

See also the writings of the Israeli Uri Ameri on 17 October 2011, but he gives the expression another interpretation.

About the dangers of Putin, so far his troops do not occupy Italy, he also does not impose any self-defeating sanctions or require Italians to serve as cannon fodder. Anyway, I want independence against all who may want to impose their will on Italy.

JE comments:  It comes as no surprise that this motto is of German origin.  No other nation has had such a taste throughout history for fighting against overwhelming odds.


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