"The object of military doctrine is to furnish a basis for prompt and harmonious conduct by the subordinate commanders of a large military force, in accordance with the intentions of the commander-in-chief, but without the necessity for referring each decision to superior authority before action is taken. More concisely stated, the object is to provide a foundation for mutual understanding between the various commanders during hostile operations."
|Commo. Dudley W. Knox
Chief of Naval History,
World War II
- During the mid-seventeenth century the normal complement of an infantry company in the Spanish Army was 75-100 soldiers and 3-8 prostitutes.
- At approximately 0700 on January 27, 1929, during exercises off Panama, U.S. Navy bombers operating from a base ashore “sank” the carrier Lexington, only later discovering that the ship was on their own side.
- During their siege of Prague in 1742, officers of the French Army were attended by nearly 3,000 servants.
- The greatest loss of warships in a single day was undoubtedly the 574,711 tons that went down in Scapa Flow on June 1, 1919, as a result of the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet.
- In the course of the Second World War the combined production of tanks and self-propelled guns by the Axis was about 52,000, while that of the Allies was nearly 230,000, of which the United States produced over 88,000.
- During the late seventeenth century it was customary, upon receiving an assignment to a first rate ship-of-the-line, for a captain in the Royal Navy to “tip” the Secretary of the Board of Admiralty £3, easily the equivalent of several hundred dollars today.
- On August 31, 1918, over 51,000 troops departed New York in a convoy bound for France, setting a record for the number of passengers ever to ship out of a single port in one day that still stands.