"First consider, then risk"
- George C. Marshall, probably the greatest Chief-of-Staff of the U.S. Army, was a cousin, at some remove, of both Blackbeard the Pirate, and John Marshall, the great Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
- During the Crimean War, Britain permitted Russia, with which it was at war, to float a loan on the London bond market.
- The most heavily cadred American division in World War II was the 30th Division; Activated in the first contingent of the National Guard on September 15, 1940, with 9,900 officers and men, just two years later it was down to 2,100 officers and men, despite having several times received replacements, as experienced – albeit supposedly “inferior” – Guardsmen were siphoned off to help organize, train, and lead other formations.
- During the 1740s Prussian Maj.-Gen. Friedrich von Saldern vehemently championed a march-tempo of 75 steps per minute in the firm belief that it was definately superior to the officially authorized 76 per minute.
- In 1915 there were 35 machinegun companies in the National Guard, but not one in the Regular Army, which had thus far refused to authorize such cadres, despite the demonstration of their effectiveness on the Western Front.
- The first recorded use of an airplane in war occurred during the Mexican Revolution, when a government pilot flew an airplane of unknown type on a reconaissance mission over Ciudad Juarez in February of 1911.
- During World War II Britain employed some 200,000 African troops, of whom about 120,000 served in Burma, though these apparently did not include a sergeant named Idi Amin, who actually lied about his war record.