"Loyalty begins at the top, and it works downwards – not upwards"
|Adm. Lord Charles Beresford
- Possibly the first use of dental records to identify a corpse occurred in the Spring of 1776, when, after the British evacuation of Boston, the remains of Maj. Gen. Joseph Warren, killed during the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, were identified by his dentist, one Paul Revere.
- In 1911 the Mexican Navy had 198 officers and 965 enlisted personnel, for an officer-enlisted ratio of 1-to-4.9, almost as bad as USAF’s current 1-to-4.
- Under conditions of great secrecy, during World War II a number of small, and normally unprofitable, oil fields in England – including one in Sherwood Forest – were tapped to supplement petroleum supplies.
- The quality of manpower in the German Reichswehr between the world wars was such that well-over a third of all enlisted personnel ranked as corporals or sergeants, and were fully capable of assuming command at two or three levels that which they officially held.
- During the Battle of Midway, one dud U.S. torpedo proved of immense value to the Japanese Navy, as a number of crewmen from the carrier Kaga survived the battle by clinging to it as it floated amid the wreckage of the Emperor’s fleet.
- In 1793 and 1794 the French Republic executed a total of 84 generals, a process rumored to have greatly improved the performance of the survivors.
- During the Second World War, 3,913 Japan aircraft were expended in in kamikaze attacks, sinking 62 Allied vessels of various types and damaging a further 370.
- During World War II Benito Albino Mussolini, the illegitimate son of Il Duce and Ida Dalser born in 1915, seems to have served as a radio operator in the Regia Marina.