Al Nofi's CIC
|| Issue #20, Febuary 1, 2001
- Infinite Wisdom
- la Triviata
- Short Rounds
- How to Stop an Inter-Service Riot
- Horse Trading
- The Swiss Guard
"Any fool can obey orders."
--Sir John "Jackie" Fisher, R.N.
- During World War I the drum major of the 369th Infantry - New York's "Harlem Hellfighters" - was Bill Robinson, better known as "Bojangles".
- For the masterful devastation which he inflicted on the harbor installations at Cherbourg before its capture by American troops in June of 1944, German Adm. Walter Hennecke was awarded the Kinight's Cross of the Iron Cross by Adolph Hitler, a matter about which the American officer assigned to get the port back in service, Edward Ellsworth, who happened to be Jewish, is supposed to have remarked "it was the only time I found myself in complete agreement with the Fürher."
- When the Roman general Mummius sacked Corinth in 146 B.C., he warned his soldiers that they would have to replace anything they damaged!
- The construction of the Citadel of Lille in France by the great Vauban in 1667-1670 required some 60,000,000 bricks and 3,300,000 ashlars as foundations stones, plus untold tons of miscellaneous stone, masonry, mortar, and earth, for a total mass of materials so great that it proved more economical to dig a canal of some 20 kilometers in length than to transport the materials by wagon.
- Upon the surrender of Germany in May of 1945, SS-General Kurt Meyer volunteered to raise a division of SS veterans to help the U.S. fight Japan.
- During the fourteenth century the average pope spent about 60% of his not inconsiderable revenues on war.