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An army may eat on its stomach

Spanish translation: un ejército marcha sobre su estómago

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English term or phrase:An army may eat on its stomach
Spanish translation:un ejército marcha sobre su estómago
Entered by: Sarah Brenchley
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07:42 Jul 10, 2001
English to Spanish translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: An army may eat on its stomach
In a text about soldiers' nutritional needs, the final paragraph reads as follows:

One of the reports less appetising speculations is that biotechnology might allow soldiers to create edible, digestible, nourishing food from raw materials that might be foraged on the battlefield. Dr Ladisch and his colleagues do not, however, detail what those raw materials might be, nor how they might be turned into something scrumptious. Perhaps that is just as well. If an army marches on its stomach, the stomach needs to be a strong one.

Does this final sentence refers to something in particular? Is it a quotation?
Patricia Torres
Venezuela
Local time: 12:55
un ejército marcha sobre su estómago
Explanation:
con is possible instead of sobre
ElAtrio.Net - Reflexiones>EstudiosBiblicos>Josue3
... Un gran estratega, como Napoleón ya reconoció la importancia de las provisiones
para el ejército cuando dijo que "un ejército marcha sobre su estómago". ...
www.elatrio.net/reflexiones/estudiosbiblicos/glasscock/glas... - 9k - En caché - Páginas similares

Hope it helps.
Best wishes,
Sarah.
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Sarah Brenchley
Local time: 17:55
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Thanks, Sarah, it's been very helpful.
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Summary of answers provided
na +3Eine Armee marschiert auf ihrem Magen
Peter Kahl
naun ejército marcha sobre su estómago
Sarah Brenchley
naquotation attributed to NapoleonNigel Patterson
naquotation attributed to NapoleonNigel Patterson
naVéase mi respuestaPilar T. Bayle
naOoops - wrong language
Peter Kahl


  

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9 mins
Véase mi respuesta


Explanation:
OK, I have never read it before... But troops need to be well-fed to be able to march, attack, and do those things troops do...

In Spanish, I\'d translated as: Si un ejército se desplaza gracias a un estómago lleno, éste debe ser de hierro. Or something similar...

Buena suerte!

Pilar T. Bayle
Local time: 17:55
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 183
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12 mins peer agreement (net): +3
Eine Armee marschiert auf ihrem Magen


Explanation:
The quote is attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte and refers to the fact that soldiers will be most effective when they are well supplied.


    Reference: http://www.fuhrmannswelt.de/WALLENST.TXT
Peter Kahl
Local time: 16:55

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Aurora Humarán: Todos los días se aprende algo nuevo. Gracias
4 mins

agree  Pilar T. Bayle: :-) Genial
5 mins

agree  Dito: o ..en panza llena corazon contento!
56 mins
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18 mins
quotation attributed to Napoleon


Explanation:
'An army marches on its stomach'

This is found in Spanish as 'un ejército marcha con (OR sobre) su estómago'

(see for example http://www.jornada.unam.mx/1999/abr99/990421/admite.html)and many other egs easily found in a web search.

You could adapt the saying to reflect the play on words in your English reference: eg 'un ejército puede comer con su estómago' (in the sense of 'it can') or perhaps 'puede que un ejército coma con su estómago' (ie it may be that...)

Long winded, but I hope it helps!



Nigel Patterson
United States
Local time: 10:55
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18 mins
Ooops - wrong language


Explanation:
I just realised that you wanted English-Spanish, not English-German. Since the original quote was in French, you should be able to translate the phrase literally.

Peter Kahl
Local time: 16:55
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20 mins
quotation attributed to Napoleon


Explanation:
'An army marches on its stomach'

This is found in Spanish as 'un ejército marcha con (OR sobre) su estómago'

(see for example http://www.jornada.unam.mx/1999/abr99/990421/admite.html)and many other egs easily found in a web search.

You could adapt the saying to reflect the play on words in your English reference: eg 'un ejército puede comer con su estómago' (in the sense of 'it can') or perhaps 'puede que un ejército coma con su estómago' (ie it may be that...)

Long winded, but I hope it helps!



Nigel Patterson
United States
Local time: 10:55
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35 mins
un ejército marcha sobre su estómago


Explanation:
con is possible instead of sobre
ElAtrio.Net - Reflexiones>EstudiosBiblicos>Josue3
... Un gran estratega, como Napoleón ya reconoció la importancia de las provisiones
para el ejército cuando dijo que "un ejército marcha sobre su estómago". ...
www.elatrio.net/reflexiones/estudiosbiblicos/glasscock/glas... - 9k - En caché - Páginas similares

Hope it helps.
Best wishes,
Sarah.



    Reference: http://www.elatrio.net/reflexiones/estudiosbiblicos/glasscoc...
Sarah Brenchley
Local time: 17:55
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 208
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Thanks, Sarah, it's been very helpful.
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