Al Nofi's CIC
|| Issue #47, August 18, 2001
- Infinite Wisdom
- la Triviata
- Short Rounds
- A Distinction of Some Sort
- "I Have the Key."
- From the Archives - Frederick the Great on Caring for the Troops
"The moment of greatest peril is the moment of victory."
- In 1900, the normal command of a major general in the Venezuelan army was a battalion of about 290 men.
- The director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philip de Montebello, is a direct descendant of Jean Lannes, among the greatest of Napoleon's marshals, who died of wounds during the Campaign of 1809.
- During World War II the U.S. Army procured 123 million pair of shoes and boots, enough to provide every one of the approximately 16 million men and women who served - including sailors and marines - with nearly eight pair each.
- The British "Brown Bess" musket, introduced around 1700, remained in first line service with the British Army until 1854, and soldiered on in some odd corners of the world for a decade or more afterwards.
- 7Although Hannibal, Charles XII of Sweden, Napoleon, Robert E. Lee, and Erwin Rommel are all numbered among the great captains, their claim to mastery of the art of war must be weighed against the fact that in each instance their side lost.
- H.M.S. St. Albans, one of the 50 old American "four stack" destroyers transferred to Britain in 1940, sank two submarines during World War II, the German U-401, and, by mistake, the Polish Jastrab, besides also sinking the British minesweeper Alberic.
- Out of 144 people working for the Austrian Habsburg Hofkriegsrat (Supreme War Council) in 1740, only four actually dealt with military matters.
- In October 1914 Lt. Georges Claude of the French Army used an experimental liquid oxygen bomb in an attempt to blow up a villa at which Kaiser Wilhelm II was believed to be staying; although there were no reports of casualties, the attempt resulted in "a certain panic" among the Germans present.