"Enough, sir, no more of that; if there are fifty sail I will go through them."
|--||Sir John Jervis, |
17 February 1797,
off Cape St. Vincent,
on being told the enemy
fleet outnumbered his own.
- In preparation for his invasion of England in 1066, Duke William of Normandy ordered specially built transports for his army’s 3,000 or 4,000 horses, so that they could immediately go into battle upon landing on the far shore, an early instance of vessels specialized for amphibious warfare, which might be termed a “Landing Ship Horse”
- During the eighteenth century Austria engaged in 16 wars that spanned 59 years, for an average of 3.7 years per war.
- Alvin York, the most famous American hero of World War I, had eight children, five of whom he named Woodrow Wilson, Sam Houston, Andrew Jackson, Betsy Ross, and Thomas Jefferson.
- Arguably the first naval arms limitation treaty in history was the Rush-Bagot Agreement of 1817, between the United States and Great Britain, which limited the naval forces of each nation on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain to four small vessels– one each on Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario, and two on each of the upper lakes.
- The Han general Zhou Yafu was so strict a disciplinarian that while on campaign in 158 B.C. he refused to permit the emperor into his camp until the Son of Heaven had presented the proper credentials.
- Hollywood to the contrary notwithstanding, it was not until 1857 that the Royal Navy finally got around to prescribing a uniform for its common seamen.
- When, in 1778, France declared war upon Britain in support of the Americans in their Revolution, King Louis XVI issued strict orders to his navy to treat the explorer Capt. James Cook and his expedition as neutrals.
- As a young officer during the 1920s, James B. Carter, USN, served as navigator of the airship Los Angeles (ZR-3), and, after World War II and a promotion to captain, took commanded of the heavy cruiser Los Angles (CA-135).
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