"Warfare is distinguished by natural and human variables, and as a result is a noticeably unpredictable pursuit."
- In the course of the First World War, more than 100 of the 350 physicians in Serbia died while in military service.
- Despite British claims that the colonies were not pulling their weight, during the most critical period of the French & Indian/Seven Years’ War (1758-1760), their American subjects regularly maintained 15,000 or more men under arms, about 10-percent of their military aged male population.
- When Kaiser Wilhelm II signed the mobilization order that put Germany on a war footing in 1914, he did so at a desk made from planking taken from HMS Victory.
- It was not until October 12, 1940, that the US Navy decided that senior officers’ full dress uniforms no longer included a bicorn hat with feathers.
- Although Congress authorized the appointment of veterinary surgeons to cavalry regiments in 1863, they were civilian contractors who only held assimilated rank as sergeants major; not until 1916 were vetinarians given commissions.
- As a result of World War I, Krupp, the German munitions firm, went from having a comfortable annual profit of 130 million marks to a cumulative loss of over 180 million marks by the end of 1919.
- On August 31, 1995, the ashes of former Ensign George Gay, sole survivor of Torpedo Squadron 8, were scattered across the waters into which his comrades had fallen as they pressed their attack on the Japanese aircraft carriers over 53 years earlier, during the Battle of Midway.
- In 1876 alcoholism accounted for 72 out of every 1,000 sick-call cases in the U.S. Army, apparently the worst year on record.
- Although a large number of vessels promptly responded when the airship Akron (ZRS-4) went down in the Atlantic off New Jersey on April 4, 1933, only three of the 77 men aboard could be rescued, and of the others not a single body was recovered, including that of Rear Admiral William A. Moffett, the Chief of Naval Aviation.
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