"The best soldier is not warlike."
- While a young man, the Roman Emperor Constantine I (r. 306-337), was for a time held hostage by his father's rival Galerius, but escaped, and managed to stave off pursuit by the simple expedient of taking fresh horses at each of the Imperial posting stations that he passed during his flight, and then killing the spares.
- The first football helmet was invented at the Naval Academy in 1893 by Cadet Joseph Mason Reeves, later the "Father of Carrier Aviation."
- During the early fourteenth century English military regulations stated that anyone finding a harlot in camp could take her money and drive her away, after first breaking her arm.
- While commanding the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II as a major general in the Army of the United States (A.U.S.), James Gavin's substantive rank in the Regular Army was only captain.
- The earliest known Chinese woman warrior appears to have been Fu Hui, a concubine of the Shang Emperor Wing Wang, who commanded in several battles, and was buried with all the traditional grave goods appropriate to a woman of her station, as well as an impressive arsenal.
- During his four-day long Triumph in 46 B.C., Caesar awarded each of his common soldiers 24,000 sestertii, the equivalent of several decades' pay.
- In early 1942 the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and many other national treasures were shipped to Ft. Knox, where they spent the duration of the Second World War hidden away with Uncle Sam's gold.
- Fleeing the invading French in 1494, King Alfonso II of Naples took with him six shiploads of treasure.
- For a time in 1943 resourceful French troops in Tebessa, Tunisia, made a tidy profit renting their tunics and helmets to GIs, after George S. Patton placed a popular brothel off limits to American troops.
- During Charlemagne's reign as Holy Roman Emperor (800-814), about 40-percent of ecclesiastical revenues were earmarked for support of his army.
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