"I would prefer dealing with a troop of lions commanded by a deer than a herd of deer under the leadership of a lion."
|--||Attributed to Hannibal,|
- While commanding the Italian Army during World War I
(1915-1917), Luigi Cadorna managed to subject a sixth of his troops to
military court proceedings, and had over 750 of them shot, officially
for alleged “cowardice” but most often in order “to encourage the
- In the course of a military career that
lasted about 30 years, Pierre Terrail de
Bayard (1476-1524), the Chevalier san peur et
sans reproche, earned 100,000 livres –
today perhaps as much as $250 million
in purchasing power – from the ransoms
- In the early twentieth
century, ships of the German Imperial Navy were invariably christened
by men amid festivities from which women and civilians – even high
government officials – were virtually excluded, while those of the
Royal Navy were almost always sponsored by women (King Edward VII
occasionally took a turn), in ceremonies that mixed men and women,
civilians and military, workers and quality.
sometimes became so angry with Marshal Louis-Alexandre Berthier, his
chief-of-staff, that he physically assaulted the man, once banging his
head into a stone wall.
- As a favor to the Prime
Minister, during World War II, the R.A.F. provided Winston Churchill
with an oxygen mask that permitted him to smoke cigars while flying.
- While on campaign, the late Roman Emperor Julian
(360-363) often prepared his own meals, like a common soldier, making
puls, a polenta-like wheat porridge.
1631 two Algerian ships raided the Irish village of Baltimore, and
carried over a thousand people into slavery in North
- The U.S. Army was so small by
the end of the 1920s – 125,000 men – that then Lt. Col. George C.
Marshall once joked that it had barely enough combat troops to fill
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