"You are here to die!"
|--||Jose Milan Astray, 1920, |
To the recruits for the
Spanish Foreign Legion
- In 1748 the Royal Navy issued its first regulations for officers’ uniforma, the design inspired, according to tradition, by the riding habit of King George II’s lady friend the Duchess of Bedford.
- In December 1944 the 243 divisions in the German Army included 3,624,403 troops, of whom only 43.9-percent were under 30 years of age.
- During World War II an estimated one million soldiers, sailors, and marines availed themselves of the services of prostitutes in the Hotel Street district of Honolulu, a devoted band of patriotic ladies who never numbered more than about 300 at a time.
- At 15, the young Octavius – later the Emperor Augustus – served a an orderly for his great-great Uncle Julius Casear during the latter’s Spanish campaign of 46 B.C.
- President James K. Polk’s seven times great grandfather, Sir John Pollok, was killed during the Battle of Locherbie, in Scotland, in 1593.
- The custom of saluting a warship’s quarterdeck seems to have originated in pagan times, when an altar was placed there, which was replaced by a crucifix with the advent of Christianity, inspiring a custom that become so engrained it survived the removal of the crosses.
- At First Bull Run the commander of the 14th New York Militia, Col. Alfred M. Wood – later later mayor of Brooklyn – was captured by “Old Dick,” a black man serving as a drummer in the 18th Virgnia.
- From his appointment as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army (September 1, 1939) to his retirement (November 18, 1945), a total of 2,271 days, General of the Army George C. Marshall was on leave just 19 days, about 0.008-percent of his time in command.