"Ain’t nothing wrong with a soldier that ain’t wrong with anyone else."
|--||Pvt. Robert E. Lee Pruitt
- During the 1850s one prominent British general opposed the introduction of rifles because they would turn infantrymen into “long range assassins.”
- When the French Army stormed Brescia, in northern Italy, in February of 1512, it came away with 3 million ecus, and enormous haul (one ecu could feed a man for year), with the result that most of the troops decamped for home, considering their fortunes made.
- On the eve of World War II, the Marine nickname for a troop transport was “Beef Boat.”
- The carillon of the town hall in the Bavarian city of Cham rings the Marseillaise every day at 12:05 p.m. to commemorate the city's most famous son, Nikolaus Graf von Luckner (1722-1794), who rose to Marshal of France during the Revolutionary Wars, only to be guillotined for losing a battle, though not before initiating the process of becoming great-grandfather of the famous World War I German naval officer, Count Felix von Luckner.
- Early in World War I, Dwight David Eisenhower, barely out of West Point two years, was assigned to train newly minted reserve officers at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, including one F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- In just 96 days of combat out of the 298 days from September 1, 1939 through June 25, 1940, the Wehrmacht conquered seven countries – Poland, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Belgium, and France.
- In 167 B.C., at his triumph for the defeat of King Perseus of Macedon, L. Aemilius Paullus exhibited 2,700 wagon loads of captured weapons, in addition to 250 carts holding notable prisoners and works of art, and 3,000 men hauling about 120,000 pounds of silver coins, plus miscellaneous loot.
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