Al Nofi's CIC
|| Issue #39, June 16, 2001
- Infinite Wisdom
- la Triviata
- Short Rounds
- "A Stitch in Time . . . . "
- Blood Price: German Losses in World War I
- Briefing - Franklin Thompson, Female Civil War Master Spy
"War first got its bad name from soldiers"
-- D.J.R. Bruckner
- The chief designer of artillery for the French Army during the late 1800s was the appropriately named General de Bang.
- During 1944 the German Army lost in combat or through administrative dissolution 172 divisions, 68 more than it had started the war with, and fully 32.2% of the 522 divisions active during the course of the year.
- The U.S. Army combat boot has an average life expectancy of only six months in wartime and up to eight years in peace.
- Only one of every 15 soldiers in Frederick the Great's army at the onset of the Seven Years War in 1756 was still with the colors when peace came in 1763.
- Despite the fact that the American and Spanish warships that clashed in 1898 at Manila Bay and off Santiago possessed had over 80 torpedo tubes, not a single torpedo was fired by either side during either battle.
- During the last week of October, 1944, 80-percent of the ammunition fired by the U.S. XX Corps fighting in eastern France had been captured from the Germans.
- In 1649 a Venetian fleet, composed largely of English and Dutch mercenary warships, forced its way passed coastal batteries to enter the anchorage at Fochies, near Chios in the Aegean, where it annihilated a Turkish fleet, which was itself composed largely of English and Dutch mercenary warships, plus a few French ones thrown in as well.
- Between 1983 and 1985 American expenditures on anti-submarine warfare amounted to $57.5 billion, or roughly $152.5 million per Soviet submarine.