"What army commanded by a debating club ever escaped discomfiture and disgrace?"
- The British opening barrage at the Battle of El Alamein on October 23, 1942, involved some 530,000 rounds in 24 hours, for an average of 22,083.3 per hour, or approximately one every 2.8 minutes from each of the 1,030 guns and howitzers available.
- Not until 1653 did the British Navy arrange to provide medical supplies to the fleet, allocating £5 per hundred men per ship.
- Over 35-percent of Jewish soldiers in the the Imperial German Army during World War I received decorations.
- Sikh residents of London are demanding that Havelock St. be renamed, claiming that Sir Henry Havelock had been extremely brutal to civilians during the Indian Mutiny, a conflict in which their ancestors were among the most loyal adherents of the British Raj.
- Between 1900 and 1908 the desertion rate in the U.S. Navy averaged about 15-percent per year, on top of a discharge rate of about 25-percent.
- About 24,000 Native Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, including some ranking as high as major general.
- Karl Dönitz, who conducted Germany’s u-boat campaign during World War II, lost two sons in the the submarine service.
- During the seventeenth century the House of the Hapsburg engaged in only a dozen wars, thought these lasted a total of 77 years, or an average of 6.4 each.