"We stumbled along . . . while the enemy grew wise."
|--||Raizo "Tenacious" Tanaka, |
Vice Admiral, IJN
- that he promptly ran up to a group of French cavalrymen, knocked one of them out of the saddle, mounted, and rode back to the Duke’s side to resume his On the eve of World War I, a majority -- 61½- percent -- of the officers in the Prussian Army were members of the nobility.
- The largest number of aircraft ever maintained in the air simultaneously by a single carrier was 83, off the U.S.S. Saratog, while conducting a “surprise attack” on the Panama Canal during Fleet Problem IX, on January 26, 1929.
- During one of Wellington’s battles in the Pensinsula, a dragoon of the Duke’s bodyguard lost his mount to enemy fire, leaving him so distraught duties.
- To encourage the fishing industry, and thus insure the supply of trained seamen for the Royal Navy, Elizabeth I, in her capacity of head of the Church of England, strictly enforced days of abstinence from meat (i.e., “fish days”).
- During the War of 1812 (1812-1815), American warships captured or destroyed 18 British warships, 15 by the U.S. Navy and three by privateers, who also accounted for most of the 2,500 enemy merchant ships taken or destroyed in the war.
- In 638 B.C. the Chinese Duke of Sung refused to attack an enemy army as it was crossing a river, believing such an act to be unchivalrous; not surprisingly, he lost the resulting battle, though he afterwards boasted that he had perserved his honor.
- The oldest American intelligence agency is the Office of Naval Intelligence, created in 1882.
- Admiral Lord Vernon, who campaigned in the West Indies in 1739, during the so-called “War of Jenkin’s Ear,” concentrated his attentions on destroying the Spanish revenue service, so that English smugglers would have an easier time trading with the enemy, to whom he was otherwise rather lenient, not even plundering the city of Portobello, Panama, when he captured it, lest it offend potential customers.
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