"This operation is being planned as a victory, and that's the way it's going to be."
--Dwight David Eisenhower,
On preparations for D-Day
- Defeating France during the Wars of the Revolution and Napoleon cost the British tax payers some £700 million, which was the equivalent of roughly 90.9 years of spending at the pre-war peacetime budget rate, and would today be worth between £21,000 million and £28,000 million.
- Hans Valentin Hube (1890-1944), who had lost his left arm during World War I, was so outstanding a soldier that he as the only one-armed man among the 4,000 officers allowed to Germany after the war, and later the only one-armed general in the Wehrmacht, proving a superb panzer army commander in Russia during World War II.
- Lt. Gen. Lewis Brereton, of the Army Air Forces, who commanded the Ninth Air Force and later the First Allied Airborne Army during World War II, was a graduated of Annapolis
- In 1804 Massachusetts had 40-percent of all the artillery in the militia of the several states, which amounted to 520,000 men, on paper.
- The Austrian Army's field regulations of 1769 remained in force until 1806, when they were replaced by a new set, which survived until 1866.
- Dutch fascist leader Anton Adrian Mussert, proclaimed by Hitler himself as the Fürher of the Netherlands, was a fine specimen of Aryan manhood, standing fully 4’ 10”, particularly when wearing his “elevator” shoes.
- A Napoleonic army corps of 15,000 infantry in three divisions, with 1,500 cavalry and 48 pieces of artillery, plus 2,000 artillerymen, staffs, engineers, and service troops occupied about 24 kilometers of road space when advancing on a single road.
- U.S. Grant III was the principal engineer for the expansion of the attic of the White House into a full scale third floor during the late 1920s, doing so bad a job of it that by 1950 the historic building almost collapsed, requiring major reconstruction.