"To gain all, we must risk all."
--Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
- During the first year of the Civil War there were nearly 4,000 cases of illness for every 1,000 men in the Union armies.
- The grandson of Alfred Dreyfus, the French staff officer whose conviction on a trumped up espionage charge became a cause celebre in the 1890s, died flying for France during the Battle of Britain.
- Due to stockpiling for the anticipated invasion of Japan, the U.S. ended World War II with approximatley 495,000 Purple Hearts, of which some 120,000 still remain, three major wars later.
- By 1690 one adult Frenchman in ten was in the army, as were one in three "gentlemen."
- Apparently the only European nobleman to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery is Prince Leon Bogun Mazappa Razumowski, a Russian émigré who had served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps during World War I
- Two of the most prominent world leaders in World War II were known among the Navajo as "Mustache Smeller" and "Gourd Chin," that is, Hitler and Mussolini.
- On "full throttle" an F-15 consumes about 240 gallons of fuel per minute
- In 1914 Marshal of France Jean Marie Gabriel de Lattre de Tassigny (1889-1952), who commanded the Free French First Army during World War II, was severely injured in a mounted skirmish with some German cavalrymen, becoming thereby probably the person of note in the twentieth century who had the experience of having been wounded by a sword.