Al Nofi's CIC
|| Issue #43, July 13, 2001
- Infinite Wisdom
- la Triviata
- Short Rounds
- "Rectum, South Carolina"
- Hard Money
- Briefing - Military Honorifics Among the Romans
"The only way to win a war is to destroy the enemy's forces, which presupposes an efficient army of one's own."
- Arguably, the most sunk warship in history was the U.S.S. Tang (SS-306) seems to hold a world's record, being reported as sunk by Japanese forces no less than 25 times, who never laid a glove on her, though she did succumb to a torpedo malfunction in October of 1944.
- "Blighty" as a term for Britain was coined in the late Nineteenth Century by British troops stationed in India, from the Hindi "bilayati - home".
- That most indispensable tool - and weapon - Robert's Rules of Order, was first published in 1876 by Henry Robert (USMA 1857), a career soldier who eventually became a major general and Chief of the Corps of Engineers.
- During World War II the Red Army deployed some 108,700 tanks, of which 83,500 - 76.8-percent - were lost in combat
- By the end of the Civil War Union military hospitals had a capacity of 136,894 beds, or roughly one for every eight men in the service.
- One of the most enduring mercenary companies in fifteenth century Italy was that of Michelleto degli Attendoli, between 1425 and 1449 fought in numerous battles, sieges, and skirmishes, but lost only 25 of the 512 officers that served (4.8 percent), only 15 of whom died in battle.
- Training Maj. Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne's "Legion of the United States" in 1793-1794 involved firing 162,056 rounds in target practice, for a total of 3510.9 pounds of powder and 3231.2 of lead.
- During the Spanish siege of Haarlem, in the Netherlands, December 11, 1572-July 12, 1573, the defenders were aided by a "Corps of Amazons," led by Kenau Hasselaer, a formidable widow, who fought to no avail, as the town fell with great slaughter.