"¡Vive la muerte! – Long live death!"
--Jose Millan Astray, "El Mutilado"
- From the time he was a junior officer in the Foreign Legion, Achille Bazaine, who rose from private to marshal in the French Army during the mid-nineteenth century before blowing the big one at Sedan, always led his troops into action wielding a walking stick.
- The first American ground troops to use the M1 Helmet – the World War II U.S. helmet – in combat were the men of the 1st Marine Division who landed on Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942.
- Of 2,400 German mercenaries embarked at Hamburg in 1781 for service with the British Army in the American Revolution, 66 (c. 3%) died during the voyage, and a further (c. 17%), were unfit for service upon arrival at New York, for a loss of 476 men, nearly a fifth of the troops embarked.
- The “Paris Gun,” with which the Germans bombarded Paris at a range of some 26 kilometers, fired 320 rounds during the Spring and Summer of 1918, inflicting insignificant casualties.
- During the Gulf War the battleships Wisonscin and Missouri fired 1,102 rounder of 16-inch ammunition in the performance of 83 separate missions.
- When the newly minted Emperor Maximilian of Mexico and his wife arrived, courtesy of the French Army, at the National Palace in Mexico City on June 12, 1864, the place proved so dilapidated and filthy that the imperial couple had to spend their first night in the captial sleeping on a billiard table.
- In a “show of force” intended to assert its claims to a large swathe of Antarctica, in 1948 Argentina dispatched to the frozen contenent a fleet of two cruisers and six destroyers, commanded by no less than five admirals.