"Neither numbers nor strength bring victory in war, but whichever army goes into battle stronger in its soul."
- In addition to his many other accomplishments, Frederick the Great was the Grand Master of his own Masonic Lodge, among the members of which were some forty German princes.
- For several years during World War II, Waffen-SS General Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch was chief of a department of the SS that developed plans for the police who would secure Germany’s African colonies, when such would be acquired, including detailed renderings of uniforms and insignia for both German and native personnel.
- The first American unit to enter Mexico during the “Pershing Expedition” in 1916 was the 6th Infantry, selected because it had been the first regiment to cross the frontier in 1846, during the War with Mexico.
- The first underwater submarine torpedo attack in the Mediterranean – probably in the world – took place on December 6, 1912, when the Greek Deflin launched a single fish at the Turkish cruiser Medjidijeat 500 meters, which missed.
- One of the most noted trophies in tennis, the Davis Cup, was established by Dwight F. Davis, a Missouri politician who served as an artilleryman during World War I and was later Secretary of War in the Coolidge administration.
- On March 19, 1793, a column of French Revolutionary troops fighting against the Vendean insurgency was annihilated in the Battle of Le-Pont-Charron, by a bunch of rebels who had lulled them into complacency by singing La Marseillaise.
- In June of 1756, the 4th Battalion, Royal Americans, reported 783 non-commissioned officers, enlisted men, and drummers on the ration role, as well as 60 women and 34 children.
- Upon learning of the stunning victory of the 36-gun frigate USS Constellation over the larger Insurgent on February 9, 1799, during the Quasi-War with France, Lloyd’s of London sent Capt. Thomas Truxton a silver urn.
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