Al Nofi's CIC
|| Issue #170, October 21st, 2007
- Infinite Wisdom
- la Triviata
- Short Rounds
"Who shall beat a warrior who is a horseman on a plain?"
- Apparently having nothing better to do while commanding a remote post in Wyoming during the 1920s, Orlando Ward, who in World War II would lead the 1st Armored Division in North Africa and the 20th in Northwestern Europe, arranged to plant 25,000 trees.
- During the mid-1860s about 65-percent of the officers in the British Army came from rural areas or towns with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants.
- John J. Garand, who designed the famous M1 Rifle used in World War II and Korea, was employed not by the Army's Ordnance Department, but by the National Bureau of Standards.
- After Luxembourg surrendered to Philip the Good of Burgundy in 1463, the duke’s army maintained excellent discipline while he went to offer prayers of thanksgiving in the cathedral, after which, at his signal, the troops began a general sack of the town.
- In 1951 the Navy abolished the wearing of swords by officers when in full dress, a measure that was rescinded in 1954 for all officers except chaplains.
- Admonished by his feisty sister, Princess Mary of Hungary, who governed the Netherlands in his name, to be careful about going into battle, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V replied, “I promise you I will do nothing you would not do, if you were in my place.”
- The defenses of the Porta Pia, through which the forces of united Italy stormed on September 20, 1870, to capture Rome from Pope Pius IX, were designed by Michelangelo
- Between 1223 and 1293, the de Malomonte family of England’s Forest of Dean, produced nearly a million crossbow quarrels, averaging over 14,000 a year.
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