"We are going to win this war and the peace that follows. And in the difficult hours of this day – and through dark days that may be yet to come – we will know that the vast majority of the members of the human race are with us."
|--||Franklin Delano Roosevelt,|
11 December 1941
- Once, while campaigning in Germany, France’s great Marshal Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne, the Vicomte de Turenne (1611-1675), was offered a bribe to bypass a certain city, but refused, saying “Gentlemen, I cannot in good conscience accept your money, as I had no intention of passing that way.”
- Although only about 49,000 soldiers were discharged from the U.S. Army during World War II through “Section 8” proceedings (i.e., by reason of metnal illness), nearly 11,000 of them were African-Americans, who comprised only 6.5-percent of the troops.
- The “Honourable Artillery Company” of London, part of Britain’s Territorial Army, was founded on August 25, 1537, and is thus older than nearly all active military units in any army in the world.
- The first woman military pilot to be wounded in action was the Russian Nedeshda Degtereva, who was hit during a reconnaissance mission over the Austrian lines in Galicia in 1915.
- Prior to the Battle of Rocroi (May 19, 1643), the Prince of Conde was asked by one of his suborindates, “What will become of us if we lose?”, to which the young general replied, “I do will not consider that. I shall die before that happens.”
- At the outbreak of the Pacific War, about 90-percent of Japan’s military aviators were enlisted men.
- Eton, Britain's "Blessed College", sent 5,768 of her sons into the British armed forces during World War I, of whom 1,160 (20.1%) died and 1,467 (25.4%) were wounded, for a total of 2,629 casualties (45.4%), while garnering 13 awards of the Victoria Cross, 548 of the Distinguished Service Cross, and 744 of the Military Cross, for a total of one high decoration for every 4.4 alumni in the service.
- According to Diodorus, the “Silver Shields,” who served as the personal bodyguard of Philip of Macedon and later his son Alexander the Great, were all genuine old soldiers, the youngest being in their fifties, with many in their sixties and seventies, and a few even older
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