"One bad general is better than two good ones."
- During the Lelantine War (650-630 B.C.), the rival Greek city-states of Eretria and Chalkis agreed to eschew the use of bows, slings, and other missile weapons for the duration, and confining their instruments of slaughter to spears and swords.
- While a cadet at West Pont, Dwight D. Eisenhower was tutored in Spanish by his classmate Luis Raúl Esteves Völckers, the first Puerto Rican to graduate from the academy, who actually made general before the future commander-in-chief.
- The Roman general Gaius Marius once said that his arch rival Lucius Cornelius Sulla was both a fox and a lion, and that he feared the fox more.
- Navy’s 6-4 defeat of Army in 1893 resulted in so much disorder in the stands – not to mention a pistol duel between a brigadier general and a rear admiral (fortunately with no casualties, as both officers were poor shots) – that President Grover Cleveland banned the contest for five years.
- Janina Lewandowska, an air force second lieutenant, was apparently the only woman to have perished in the Soviet massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest in 1940.
- The famous Spanish “tercios” that dominated European battlefields for much of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, originally received their name – which means “thirds” – because a third of the army was stationed in Naples, a third in Lombardy, and a third in Spain itself.
- While training his troops for the attack on Hong Kong in December 1941, Japanese Lt. Gen. Sakai Takashi of the Twenty-Third Army issued them dark sun glasses, so that they could practice night fighting by day as well as by night.
- Adm. James Mason Reeves, who served as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet, from 1934-1936, was so singularly well-liked an officer that on July 13, 1936, The New York Times ran a obituary to note the passing of his dog, Punch, who was very popular in the service and with the public.
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