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The last little corporal who tried came a cropper.

Bulgarian translation: Последният малък капрал, който опита това, претърпя неуспех.

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English term or phrase:The last little corporal who tried came a cropper.
Bulgarian translation:Последният малък капрал, който опита това, претърпя неуспех.
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06:57 Mar 23, 2007
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English term or phrase: The last little corporal who tried came a cropper.
One of the memorable quotes from the movie 'The Battle of Britain', 1969.

The British Ambassador to Switzerland's response to a German ultimatum:"We're not easily frightened. Also we know how hard it is for an army to cross the Channel – ///the last little corporal who tried came a cropper. /// So don't threaten and dictate to us until you're marching up Whitehall! And even then we won't listen!"

Could anyone comment on this particular sentence please? It must have been taken from somewhere, I mean from a proverb or from a past event. Basically, I get the meaning but yet I seem to be missing something.

Thank you very much in advance.
Yavor Dimitrov
Bulgaria
Local time: 20:43
Последният малък капрал, който опита това, претърпя неуспех.
Explanation:
The Little Corporal /"малкият капрал"/ е прякор на Наполеон І, за който се намесва в случая.
English-Bulgarian Phraseological Dictionary
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Trufev
Bulgaria
Local time: 20:43
Grading comment
Благодаря ви, колега. Трябваше да се сетя, че е замесен отново Наполеон. :-0)
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3 +1Последният малък капрал, който опита това, претърпя неуспех.
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7 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
the last little corporal who tried came a cropper.
Последният малък капрал, който опита това, претърпя неуспех.


Explanation:
The Little Corporal /"малкият капрал"/ е прякор на Наполеон І, за който се намесва в случая.
English-Bulgarian Phraseological Dictionary

Trufev
Bulgaria
Local time: 20:43
Native speaker of: Native in BulgarianBulgarian
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
Благодаря ви, колега. Трябваше да се сетя, че е замесен отново Наполеон. :-0)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Sylvio Peshev: "претърпя неуспех" а малко слабо за "come a cropper" -- по-добре "претърпя пълен провал"
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