"General, these are American regulars. In a hundred and fifty years they have never been beaten. They will hold."
|--||Col. Preston Brown, C/S, 2nd Division, the Marne,|
June 1, 1918, replying to French
Gen. Jean DeGoutte’s,
“Can you hold?”
- On December 6, 1941, when journalist Joseph Harsch asked whether the Japanese might try to bomb Pearl Harbor, Adm. Husband Kimmel, commanding the Pacific Fleet, replied, “I don’t think they’d be such damned fools.”
- Matteo Galasso, the Count of Campo, who commanded Imperial German troops during the Thirty Year’s War, was so inept that his men nicknamed him “Heerverderber – the Army Wrecker.”
- By 1916 nearly a third of all Russian troops were reported to be suffering from venereal diseases.
- What may have been the first use of aerial photography in war seems to have occurred in late 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, when French balloonists several times took pictures of the German lines of investment around Paris
- On September 22, 1742, off Navassa in the West Indies, a struggle to subdue a drunk and disorderly Marine aboard HMS Tilsbury caused a lantern to overturn, which started a fire that destroyed the ship, which went down with heavy loss of life.
- After the meeting between Hajj Amin al-Hussein, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, and Hitler in 1942 – at which the Mufti urged the prompt extension of the "Final Solution" to Palestine – rumors circulated among Islamic radicals that Der Führer had become one of the faithful.
- During the 1982 Falklands War, in each of the 23 instances in which British warships or auxiliary vessels were damaged, an average of 5.8 men were killed and 8.3 wounded .
- So many men were overseas during World War I that the birth rate in Britain dropped by about a fifth in 1915-1919.