"Nothing is more destructive of morale than to learn of the enemy's superiority."
- An estmated one-in-four second lieutenants in the British Army during World War I was killed-in-action.
- During a raid across an English-held fief in France in 1340, King Philip V’s troops managed to make off with 12,000 sheep, 1,000 pigs, and 500 cattle.
- Of 36 admirals in the French Navy in 1920, only five held seagong commands, as did only 20 of the 100 captains, and 57 of the 200 commanders.
- During the late eighteenth century the movement by sea of a British cavalry regiment of 600 sabers required about 20,000 tons of shipping.
- For the Balkan Wars (1912-1913), Bulgaria managed to put some 80-percent of its military aged manpower into uniform, over 15-percent of the total national population, pretty much the maximum achievable.
- During an amphibious landing at Barcelona in 1704, two colonels of the Royal Marines got into an argument, exchanged challenges, and had a quick duel, after which the survivor, Jacob Bor, went on to resume the primary business at hand, having at the Spanish.
- The oldest continuously existing "general staff" is probably that of Italy, which began life as the "Corpo di Stato Maggiore" by proclamation of Duke Carlo Emanuele II of Savoy in 1655
- In the course of World War II the Japanese Imperial Navy lost in action two admirals, nine vice admirals, 56 rear admirals, and 259 captains, as well as over 466,000 other personnel, undoubtedly the greatest loss of life by any navy in history.