"War is the greatest evil a state can experience."
--The Archduke Charles of Austria
- In the 525 days between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918, the U.S. Army grew 1,700-percent, from 213.557 to 3,685,458 troops.
- Between 1954 and 1999 the number of aircraft in the U.S. Navy destroyed in accidents fell by nearly 98-pecent, from 776 to 22.
- The French Line, which operated luxury liners – Normandie, France – on the Atlantic for over a century, was founded in 1862 for the purpose of transporting troops to take part in the French conquest of Mexico
- The first woman to attain the rank of lieutenant colonel in any army was Marto Maurogenos, a partisan leader who fought in the Greek War for Independence (1821-1826)
- During the Korean War only five American carrier-based aircraft were shot down in air-to-air combat.
- By June 30, 1879 the Civil War, plus attendant pensions and the cost of occupying portions of the South until 1877, had cost the federal government $6,187,243,385 and some cents, about three times the estimated cost of human beings held as slaves in the United States in 1860.
- During the Gulf War about 85-percent of equipment, arms, and supplies were moved into the theater by sea, and only about 15-percent by air.
- By early 1917 German rifle production was peaking at some 250,000 a month, more than the army actually needed.