Quotes / Brits with Battleships

"These English are a strange people. They came here in the morning, looked at the wall, walked over it, killed all the garrison, and returned to breakfast. What can withstand them?"
— Quoted from Maratha chieftain allied to Wellington during his campaigns in India. From Highlander by Tim Newark.

"One might as well try to charge through a wall."
— Napoleon - On the British Infantry at Waterloo

" I always thought them bad soldiers, now I am sure of it! I turned their right, pierced their centre, broke them everywhere; the day was mine, and yet the British did not know it and would not run".
— Marshal Soult - Battle of Albuhera 1811

"When other Generals make mistakes their armies are beaten; when I get into a hole, my men pull me out of it."
— The Duke of Wellington, after Waterloo.