"Battles decide the fate of nations"
- In 1943 the U.S. Army secretly activated two special units, the 150th and 151st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Companies, for experiments in using women in gun crews, something that the Russians had been doing for several years.
- At the outbreak of the “French Wars” (1793-1815) the Royal Navy had 32 frigates ready for sea, a figure that shortly rose to over 100, and peaked at 156 in 1810.
- Charles A. Hedekin (USMA 1888) saw a lot of action in his rise to a brigadier generalcy during World War I, but perhaps the toughest fight of his career occurred when he was a second lieutenant and was a sparing partner for James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, who was preparing for his famous heavyweight title match with John L. Sullivan in 1892.
- During the eighteenth century France engaged in 18 wars that spanned a total of 52 years, for an average of 2.9 years per war
- Although he wrote his wife every day during World War II, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz only mailed the letters once a week, to save shipping.
- In the 259 days between April 25, 1915, and January 9, 1916, one of every hundred New Zealand men of military age died on the beach or among the rocky ridges of ANZAC Cove, on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
- Admiral Sir Richard “Black Dick” Howe (1726-1799) reportedly never smiled, save when he was going into battle.
- In 1837, unable to find sufficient recruits, the Brazilian Imperial Army arranged for the police to assist, and quickly found itself with large numbers of “volunteers.”
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