"The wise learn many things from their enemies.
- In 1914, on the eve of World War I, 58.4 out of every 1,000 French men between 20 and 60 age were under arms, as against 48.0 for Germany, 43.6 for Russia, 34.0 for Austria-Hungary, and 30.2 for Italy.
- During the eighteenth century one West African king distributed female slaves as gifts to his warriors, with the stipulation that their male offspring were to be sent to him to raised as soldiers.
- In the course of its 434 day voyage around the world in 1907-1909, the Great White Fleet expended more gun powder firing salutes than the both sides together had fired in the course of the Spanish American War.
- According to official Chinese statistics, nearly 3 million Chinese “volunteers” served in Korea, 1950-1953, including about 60,000 air force personnel and 600,000 logistical and service troops.
- Although a very successful commander, because he invariably shook quite noticably before going into action, King Garcia V of Navarra (r., 1134-1150) was nicknamed “The Trembler.”
- The coffin in which Lord Nelson is buried was made from a portion of the mainmast of the French ship-of-the-line l’Orient, which had blown up at the height of the Battle of Nile in 1799.
- During World War II the U.S. produced over 12 million rifles, roughly one for every man and woman in uniform at peak strength.
- Preparing for a “last ditch” defense of Lima from a Chilean attack, in late 1880 the Peruvian Army mustered every available man, including 3,000 Jauja Indians, who paraded through the city fully uniformed and equipped, in their traditional panoply, loincloths, war paint, and poisoned arrows.
- During the Renaissance, the Arsenale of Venice, which produced the Most Serene Republic’s warships, provided each employee with two liters of watered wine a day, and later supplemented this ration by installing a wine fountain.