"The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be Forgotten."
Soldier & Emperor
- Of 796 members of Squadron A, New York Cavalry (later part of the 101st Cavalry) who served in World War I, 609 became officers, rising as high as brigadier general, one of whom was awarded the Medal of Honor
- In 1805 Britain’s Board of Admiralty declared Robert Fulton’s proposal for a submarine “unmanly . . . and assassin-like.”
- Between the Fall of France in mid-1940 and D-Day in mid-1944, an estimated 22,000 young Frenchmen fled their homeland by way of Spain, to join the Free French.
- On October 28, 1914, the German cruiser Emden slipped into the port of Penang, in Sumatra, to torpedo a French destroyer and the Russian cruiser Zhemchug, which had no men on watch, as her entire crew was below availing themselves of the services of some 60 prostitutes.
- The first use of railroads for an operational military movement appears to have occurred in 1846, when Prussian troops were transported to the Free City of Krakow in order to end its independence.
- During World War II, the U.S. S. West Point (the liner America) made 15 Pacific and 41 Atlantic crossings, averaging nearly 14,000 personnel and 10,000 nautical miles a month for the 44 months the U.S. was in the war, for a total of some 500,000 troops and other passengers and 436,144 miles.
- About half-way through his career, Admiral of the Fleet Lord James Gambier (1756-1833), who rendered impressive services to the Royal Navy during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, caught religion, after which he spent so much time trying to spread the word that his nickname in the fleet was “Preaching Jem.”
- In 1898 the proud citizens of Fife and Forfar in Scotland, sent off their local volunteers for the Boer War, the 20th Company, Imperial Yeomanry, by showering them with gifts, most of which were useless, but thoughtfully including nosebags for the horses.
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