"A soldier has no business with more than he can, in a pinch, carry off on his back."
|1st Lt. Samuel Shaw,
During the Retreat from New York
- Seventeenth century muskets typically had a misfire rate of one round in six, and one in four in foul weather.
- The Navy collier Jupiter (AC-3) was commissioned 7 April 1913, with Comdr. Joseph M. Reeves in command, who little more than a dozen years later became one of the most important forces in the development of the aircraft carrier, the first of which, Langley (CV-1), was the converted Jupiter!
- In 1802 young Maj. Antoine-Henri Jomini, later famous as the author of The Art of War, was cashiered from the army of the Helvetic Republic for soliciting bribes.
- Of 23 major American warships sunk by enemy action during World War II (i.e., carriers, including lights and CVEs, battleships, and cruisers), aircraft and surface craft each accounted for ten, and submarines got three
- Frederick the Great may be credited with the “invention” of the idea of holding regularly scheduled annual maneuvers, a practice he seems to have instituted in the early 1750s, shortly before the outbreak of the Seven Years War.
- Equipment tags in the engine room of the British aircraft carrier Eagle (1920-1942), were in Spanish, because she had been converted from a battleship being built for Chile.
- During 1918 the military transport Leviathan (the former German liner Vaterland) was delivering the equivalent of a German division’s worth of manpower to France each month.
- In 1658 the Spanish Army established a new garrison at Badajoz, northwest of Madrid, one result of which was that over the next year the illegitimacy rate in the city tripled.