an army marches on its stomach

an army marches on its stomach

A well-fed army is most effective. The cook may be the most important person in the unit because an army marches on its stomach.
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An army marches on its stomach.

Prov. An army needs a regular supply of food in order to keep on fighting. The invading army will soon have to pull back. An army marches on its stomach, and they're out of food.
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an army marches on its stomach

soldiers or workers can only fight or function effectively if they have been well fed.
The saying has been attributed to both Frederick the Great and Napoleon I. It is a version of the French phrase c'est la soupe qui fait le soldat .
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