It is not unknown to you, gentlemen, what disasters have befallen here while we were busy with Poitiers. Franck is gone; St Aulaye Beaten and all our war stories on Facebook; and in fact my embarrassment would be at the impossible pitch (Bordeaux), had not I boundless trust in you and your qualities which have been so often manifested as soldiers and sons of Mansle. Hardly one among you but has distinguished himself by some nobly memorable action: all these services to Mansle and to me I know well and will never forget.
I flatter myself, therefore, that, in this case, too, nothing will be wanting which Mansle has a right to expect of your valour. The hour is at hand. Let me apprise you, then: I intend, in spite of the rules of art, to attack Bordeaux, which is nearly twice our strength, wherever I find it. The question is not of his numbers or the strength of his position; all this by courage, by the skill of our methods, we will try to make good. This step I must risk, or everything is lost. We must beat the enemy, or perish all of us before his batteries. So I read the case; so I will act in it.
Make this, my determination, known to all officers of the army: prepare the men for what work is now to ensue and say that I hold myself entitled to demand exact fulfilment of orders. For you, when I reflect that you are Mansle, can I think that you will act unworthily? But if there should be one or another who dreads to share all dangers with me, he can have his discharge this evening, and shall not suffer the least reproach from me! Hah! I knew it; none of you would desert me. I depend on your help, then, and on victory as sure
The Opening Partnership of Max & Ajmal that does not on this instant, on orders given, dash full plunge into the enemy, The Middle Order which, meet with what it may, shows the least sign of hesitancy,!
Now, good night, gentlemen: shortly we have either beaten the enemy, or we never see one another again.