Al Nofi's CIC
|| Issue #16, January 3, 2001
- Infinite Wisdom
- la Triviata
- Short Rounds
- Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
- Hey, it Works, Both Ways
- A Well Reasoned Argument
"Strategy - the realm of paradox, irony, and contradiction, in which nothing is solid and nothing is straight, because the presence of reacting adversaries confounds every straight forward proposition."
- Having captured the Sikh fortress of Multan on January 22, 1849, British troops and agents of the Crown made off with an estimated £5 million in gold, silver, and jewels, a take easily worth $600 million today.
- Around 1880 Prince Alexander of Bulgaria, which had just attained its independence, asked the Tsar's Minister of War for the loan of 300 veteran NCOs to help train his new army, whereupon the Russian general replied that he could not spare the NCOs, but would the prince settle for 300 generals?
- The first African American to earn the Medal of Honor was Sgt. William H. Carney, Company C, 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, who received the decoration for heroic conduct at the unsuccessful attempt to storm Fort Wagner, South Carolina, on July 18, 1863, during which his regiment incurred 25% casualties, including its white colonel, R.G. Shaw, who was posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor.
- During the First World War 25 ships were sunk by air attack
- During World War II beer production in Syria, a mostly Moslem country, rose from 2.4 million liters a year to 7 million, largely to supply the needs of Allied troops stationed in the Middle East.
- Dismissed from the army in 1855 on charges of pocketing public funds, William R. Montgomery (U.S.M.A., 1825) volunteered for active duty at the onset of the Civil War and proved capable enough to rise to become a brigadier general.
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
The courage, discipline, and devotion of the Confederate soldier is well known. But perhaps it was never put to a sterner test than during an incident which occurred on June 30, 1863, during the Gettysburg Campaign, as recounted by Lt. Col. Arthur Fremantle, a British Guards officer who was serving as an observer with the Confederate Army.