In World War II …
There are a few companies of soldiers in the earthworks, but the strangest by far are the troops in D-company. They actually organized themselves, from officers down to privates, based on the whims of a wildebeest they somehow keep as a pet. Naturally, everyone things this is a bit odd, and as such D-company tends to get the less glorious tasks in the war efforts.
One day, they are fighting an entrenched battle, and suffering from a bombardment from some enemy warships. They badly need some way to destroy these enemy ships. The general summons a lieutenant.
“What sort of resources do we have available?”
“Only a few Hellcats sir” is the reply
“Wonderful, assign them to D-company, and tell them to attack those ships” commands the general.
“D-company? The people who chose their ranks based on some African antelope? Are you sure?” the lieutenant stammers out.
“Of course I’m sure, that’s an order lieutenant”
Seeing no opportunity for further argument, the lieutenant carries out his orders and gives D-company the Hellcats. Then, he watches on in amazement as the tanks climb up the sides of the enemy warships and quickly earn a decisive victory. He asks the general, “Sir, I don’t understand. How did that happen? And why on earth did you give this job to D-company?
The general gives a quick puff on his cigar and says, “Why lieutenant, it’s the simplest thing. Everyone knows that the easiest way to get up boats is to give tanks to the people in the trenches who sort by gnu.”