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egp_2401 Jun 16, 2016 @ 5:33pm
What does "¡Providentiae memor!" mean?
So the sturmtrupp are my favorite squad however I have always wondered what the slogan means in english and from what toungue does it come from
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Knoxklay11 Jun 16, 2016 @ 5:44pm 
Its latin translated literally as "Providence Remember" which could mean two things. it could mean Remember God and his protecting watch over us or it could mean remember to prepare for any possible future outcomes. It is the motto of the Kingdom of Saxony, which was part of Germany.
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egp_2401 Jun 16, 2016 @ 5:46pm 
Originally posted by Knoxklay11:
Its latin translated literally as "Providence Remember" which could mean two things. it could mean Remember God and his protecting care over us or it could mean remember to prepare for any possible future outcomes. It is the motto of the Kingdom of Saxony, which was part of Germany.
So because historically stormtrooper carried very dangerous missions, this is like a "fight hard for the german country and emperor, and if you die your efforst will be rewarded by god"?
Knoxklay11 Jun 16, 2016 @ 5:57pm 
Originally posted by egp_2401:
Originally posted by Knoxklay11:
Its latin translated literally as "Providence Remember" which could mean two things. it could mean Remember God and his protecting care over us or it could mean remember to prepare for any possible future outcomes. It is the motto of the Kingdom of Saxony, which was part of Germany.
So because historically stormtrooper carried very dangerous missions, this is like a "fight hard for the german country and emperor, and if you die your efforst will be rewarded by god"?
Id say its more like show no fear because remember that God is watching over you and you have his protection, if were focusing on the more religious implications of the word providence.
egp_2401 Jun 16, 2016 @ 6:15pm 
Originally posted by Knoxklay11:
Originally posted by egp_2401:
So because historically stormtrooper carried very dangerous missions, this is like a "fight hard for the german country and emperor, and if you die your efforst will be rewarded by god"?
Id say its more like show no fear because remember that God is watching over you and you have his protection, if were focusing on the more religious implications of the word providence.
Well thanks for the help and have a good day
Knoxklay11 Jun 16, 2016 @ 6:57pm 
same to you!
Sgt.Kar98 Jun 16, 2016 @ 9:39pm 
It might also mean,in the second meaning,"Be prepared for any situation".
Finean Jul 18, 2017 @ 9:53am 
I believe it means 'Mindful of your Destiny'
(took me a while to find that)
The oxford definition of Providentialism is The belief that events are predestined by God or fate. Which ties in with the 'Destiny part of the meaning'.
The etymology of 'Memor' is From Proto-Italic *memnos, Proto-Indo-European *me-mn-os-, a reduplicated form of *men- (“to think”). Which ties in with the minful.
(etymology means the study of the origin of words). Also Providentiae memor is a latin word, and not german, and the german translation of it is Vorsehung Speicher.
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[LpF]Braised Duck Jul 19, 2017 @ 12:05am 
Originally posted by Finean:
I believe it means 'Mindful of your Destiny'
(took me a while to find that)
The oxford definition of Providentialism is The belief that events are predestined by God or fate. Which ties in with the 'Destiny part of the meaning'.
The etymology of 'Memor' is From Proto-Italic *memnos, Proto-Indo-European *me-mn-os-, a reduplicated form of *men- (“to think”). Which ties in with the minful.
(etymology means the study of the origin of words). Also Providentiae memor is a latin word, and not german, and the german translation of it is Vorsehung Speicher.
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In German it is Vorsehung Eingedenk so its Providence Mindful
Meemstar Apr 15 @ 5:53am 
Almost all of the german squads use the mottos of diffrent states of the german empire. The Landers have "Gott mit uns" [www.das-koppelschloss.de] (God is with us), a bible quote and used as a warcry in teh napoleonic wars and later as the motto of the Kingdom of Prussia, later found on all belt buckels of german soldiers in WW2, the Alpenjägers have "In treue fest" [www.das-koppelschloss.de] meaing Steadfast in loyalty, the motto of the Kingdom of Bavaria, the Schützen use "Furchtlos und treu" [www.das-koppelschloss.de]
meaning Fearless and loyal, the motto of the Kingdom of Württemberg. The Pionere are the only ones who have a unrelated motto "Anker Wirf" meaning "Throw anchor", just because anchors are a common symbol for military engineers or pioneers in german military tradition. The Stoßtruppen use "Providentiae memor" [www.das-koppelschloss.de] (Coressponding with the providence) the motto of the Kingdom of Saxony, which also comes from the napoleonic wars and is rememberance of the defence of saxony is those wars.
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Plato Apr 23 @ 4:37pm 
Clearly none of you have studied Latin. Memor with a geneitive is less a case of 'remember' and more that of 'be mindful of' or 'act in accordance with'.

Moreover, providentia can't be our Christian God because it would be reading providentia as feminine. I have never heard of It or could imagine it being used in that sense. However, you could argue it being the goddess Providence...but that just wouldn't make any sense in context.

My impression is to read providentia as simply providence (due care, precaution, etc.). So it would translate as 'Be mindful of providence').

You could read providentiae as a plural, so it could be 'Be mindful of making precautions'. Though that seems less strong.
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