Al Nofi's CIC
|| Issue #40, June 25, 2001
- Infinite Wisdom
- la Triviata
- Short Rounds
- How Five Marines Earned Two Awards of the Medal of Honor
- Interstate Rivalry
- Ground Trafficability in Vietnam
- War and the Muses - Honor the Brave
"He who has the last piece of bread and the last crown is victorious."
-- Gaspard Jean de Saulx-Tavannes
- The first war in which motor vehicles almost completely eclipsed animals for traction, troop transport, reconnaissance, and even combat was the Chaco War (1932-1935) between Paraguay and Bolivia, fought in the Gran Chaco, a desert wholly inhospitable for horses and mules, and only marginally better for men.
- Benedict Arnold's seven sons all joined the British Army, one of them attaining the rank of lieutenant general, while two others died in the service.
- Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese commander who engineered the defeats of both France and the United States, started out life intending to be a history teacher.
- During the 1850s, the U.S. Army Medical Service vaccinated over 10,000 Plains Indians against smallpox.
- During the Second World War there were an average of 60 convictions by courts-martial daily in the U.S. Armed Forces.
- Aeschylus, the great Greek tragedian, toted a spear at the Battle of Marathon, in 490 B.C., and directed that this fact be the only thing mentioned on his tombstone.
- During operations by the 21st Army Group in northwestern Europe in 1944-1945, thirteen American division commanders were sacked, but only three were relieved by George S. Patton, who was more careful about selecting men for divisional command in the first place than were some of his colleagues.
- Between 1601 and 1700 there were only seven years in which there were no major military operations anywhere in Europe.