"Until my regiment is mustered out!"
--Col. Frederick Funston,
20th Kansas, when asked
how long he could hold out
during a Filipino attack, 1899
- For every American who died in World War II, 15 Germans and 53 Russians died.
- While serving as Professor of Military Science at the University of Nebraska in the early 1890s, John J. Pershing also taught mathematics, and numbered among his students Willa Cather, later the author of the American classic My Antonia.
- The shortest American general in World War II – possibly ever – was Brig. Gen. John H. "Pee Wee " Collier, commander of Combat Command A, 2nd Armored Division, Northwestern Europe, 1944-1945, and later a lieutenant general, who was just 5'2".
- On the night before the Battle of Salamanca (July 22, 1812), a severe thunderstorm stampeded some British cavalry, resulting in serious injuries to 17 officers and men of the 3rd Light Dragoons.
- The Battle of Navarino (October 20, 1827), was the first occasion on which British and French warships fought on the same side since the 1670s.
- During World War I nearly two-thirds of all the Regular officers in the U.S. Army – Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley among them – never made it to France.
- In the early 15th century, there was a mercenary captain in Venetian service who bore the rather unique name Malatesta Malatesta, which can be loosely translated from the in Italian as “Nuthead Nuthead,” acquired because of his family’s rather notoriously vicious internecine feuds.
- At his retirement ceremony in 1939, Maj. Gen. Guy V. Henry wore unaltered the same uniform that he had first worn upon being commissioned a 2nd lieutenant at West Point in 1898.