Al Nofi's CIC
|| Issue #45, August 4, 2001
- Infinite Wisdom
- la Triviata
- Short Rounds
- Louis XIV Creates a New Rank
- How to Negotiate a Disarmament Treaty
- War and the Muses - Herman Melville's Shiloh
"I do not expect you to attack, I order you to die! In the time which passes until we die, other troops and commanders can come forward and take our place."
--Lt. Col. Mustafa Kemal,
57th Infantry Regiment
April 25, 1915
- The typical eighteenth century smooth bore musket was so inaccurate that an officer once wrote " . . . a soldier must be very unfortunate indeed who shall be wounded by a common musket at 150 yards, provided his antagonist aimed at him."
- The arrest by the Crown of Sir Oswald Moseley, the head of the British Union of Fascists, on May 26, 1940, was appropriately reported the next day in The Times, in the fifth column.
- Richard Warren Pershing, grandson of General of the Armies John J. Pershing, was killed in action in Vietnam on February 17, 1968, while serving with Company A, 502nd Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, and today lies beside his grandfather, in Arlington National Cemetery.
- The last occasion on which a British monarch commanded in the field was at the Battle of Dettingen (June 27, 1743), when King George II managed a quite impressive victory over the French.
- During combat, the American "Combat Command" armored division during World War II consumed approximately six tons of petroleum products an hour.
- The English word "war" and the Romance "guerre" or "guerra" are all derived from the same Old High German word, werra - brawl, which in turn derives from the Old Teutonic fir-werran - confusion.
- Henri Mathias Berthelot, on of the most capable French generals during World War I, had one great fault; he never met a meal he didn't like, and, in consequence, was a man of considerable bulk - on one occasion an aide recorded that it required the help of three men and a well trained horse in order for the general to get into the saddle.
- During the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the desertion rate in the French Army was approximately 25 perecent per year.