"“The general must know how to get his men rations and every other kind of store needed for war.”
- On March 21, 1918, as the Germans unleashed the first of their massive offensives that very nearly led to victory over the Allies on the Western Front, the U.S. War Department informed all general officers that one of the principal weaknesses of American soldiers was a “slovenly and indifferent salute.”
- In 1939 construction of a base on Wake Island was 730th on the Navy's list of priorties, or, as one historian put it, "far behind the officers' club on Oahu."
- During the Fourteenth Century an area of approximately 1,050 square kilometers just south of the forest of Fontainebleau near Paris had twelve forts, 28 fortified churches, five towers, four fortified manor houses, and six full-fledged castles, for a total of 55 fortified places, or roughly one for every 19 square kilometers, so that few people were more than six kilometers from a place of refuge
- The only occasion on which the Navy was ever larger than the Army occured in 1805, during the Barbary War, when it had 3,191 officers and enlisted men – not counting 578 Marines – to the Army’s 2,729.
- During the seventeenth century the Jesuit missionaries of what is now Paraguay, organized a militia from among their Guarani Indian converts, under the command of former soldiers who had taken Holy Orders, who proved quite effective in beating off slaving raids from Brazil.
- During six months of service off Vietnam, the battleship U.S.S. New Jersey expended 6,000 rounds of 16-inch ammunition, fully 80-percent of the total that the ship had fired during several years of operations in World War II and Korea.
- The last occasion on which British troops went into action wearing their traditiona red coats was in the Battle of Ginnis, in the Sudan, against the “Fuzzy-Wuzzies” on December 30, 1885.
- In 1933 Army Chief-of-Staff Gen. Douglas MacArthur proposed that the Marine Corps be transferred to the army.