"Let the general staff do the worrying and the field marshal take the credit."
- By the end of the Civil War Union military hospitals had a capacity of 136,894 beds, or roughly one for every eight men in the army.
- During the 1930s the common Marine nickname for salami was “horse cock.”
- Although during the 1830s the British Army had only seven infantry battalions in the Guards and 100 in the line, fully 70 of the 196 lieutenant-colonels on duty were Guardsmen.
- During the protracted North African Campaign in World War II, German casualties averaged one man killed or wounded for every 3 taken prisoner, while Italian casualties were one man killed or wounded for every 3.3 captured.
- So obsessively rigid was Alfred von Schlieffen’s “perfect plan” for victory over France in 1914, that it even included the site where the French would be directed to meet German delegates to negotiate an armistice, the railroad station at Provins, in the Seine-et-Marne prefecture.
- Arab armies first adopted the stirrup during their conquest of the Middle East, despite the opposition of many religious leaders, who apparently thought them un-Islamic.
- During World War I Abyssinia offered to send 200,000 warriors to help the Allies on the Western Front.
- At of a review before tens of thousands of people in 1829 the Duke of Wellington was wearing the elaborate headress of the Royal Horse Guards (Blue) when a gust of wind caught the mass of bearskin, swan feathers, and gold braid nearly two feet tall and easily half that wide, knocking him off his horse.