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Al Nofi's CIC
  Issue #01, July 15, 1998  
  This Issue...
  • Infinite Wisdom
  • la Triviata
  • Short Rounds
    • Tsar Ferdinand Meets Kaiser Bill: A Case Study in Royal Diplomacy
    • Firepower Kills: The Increase in Divisional Artillery During World War II
    • Long Live the Revolution!
    • "For the Honor of the Regiment!"
    • A Spy By Any Other Name
    • "On Target!" The Air Force Bombs Hawaii
    • "E" for Effort: Roman Mobilization during the Second Punic War
    • Clausewitz on The Role of the Arms
    • Babes in Arms
    • German General Officer Casualties in World War II
    • The Greatest Fraud in the History of the Marine Corps

 

Infinite Wisdom

"I have heard the bullet whistle, and believe me,there is something charming in the sound."

George Washington, In letter to his brother John on July 18, 1755,
little more than a week after Braddock’s Defeat

 

La Triviata

  • During World War II American submarines spent 31,571 days on patrol in the Pacific, making 4,112 attacks on Japanese controlled merchant ships with 14,748 torpedoes, leading to the sinking of 1,152.5 vessels, for a total of 4,859,634 gross registered tons, an average of 329.5 tons for every torpedo expended.
  • In 1610, attempting to avoid their onerous militia obligations, the citizens of Brandenburg argued that they should not engage in target practice because the noise would frighten pregnant women
  • On April 2, 1916 a German Zeppelin accidentally dropped its bombs on a distillery in Rosyth, Scotland, thereby rupturing several enormous vats of Scotland's best, which began to run into the streets, to the great joy of the local folk, scores of whom were picked up lying unconscious in hours after the glorious event.
  • In a move apparently intended to facilitate the processing of paperwork, during 1943 the German Reich requisitioned 6,200,000 ink stamp pads, or roughly one pad for every man and woman in the Wehrmacht.
  • During the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885, one Bulgarian infantry regiment went into combat after marching 60 miles in 32 hours in full kit with a falling out rate of only one man in 70, a record exceeding that of Napoleon's Grand Armee in 1805 and Jackson's "Foot Cavalry" in 1862.
  • Field Marshal the Viscount Bernard Law Montgomery of Alamein wore "elevator" boots and shoes, with special inserts so that he could appear taller than he actually was.
    More...
 

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