"Someone ought to establish a firm to insure against loss of glory in war."
|--||Generalleutnant Max Hoffman|
- Having no fleet of their own, the Romans nevertheless defeated a squadron of Greek pirates in 349 B.C. by establishing constant infantry patrols all along their coast, thus denying the bucaneers the ability to land.
- Because the descendants of Asad bin Al Furat, who initiated the Islamic conquest of Sicily in 827, were known as the “Banu Furat,” some Moslem “historians” have claimed that he was the progenitor of the Bonaparte family
- In the Soviet purge of 1937-1938, the Red Army lost about 22,000 officers, and the Red Air Force about 4,700.
- The only known instance of the “Patton saber” being worn as a sidearm on a dress occasion occurred in 1934, when then Col. George S. Patton wore a special nickel plated model to his daughter Beatrice’s wedding.
- During World War I annual British artillery production rose from just 91 guns in 1914 to 8,039 in 1918, an 88-fold increase, even without considered the larger calibers being produced by the later date.
- For helping to capture the Spanish ship Hermione in 1764, some privates of the Royal Marines were rewarded with £484 apiece in prize, easily 20 years’ pay.
- Of 125 men from Troop A, New York Volunteer Cavalry who served during the Spanish-American War in Puerto Rico, at least 19 went on to become officers in the American Expeditionary Force during World War I.
- The first steam powered amphibious assault vessels appear to have been several paddle boats used by Turkish troops who landed at Jounie, near Beirut, Lebanon, September 9, 1840.