"The gods of war love nothing more than irony."
- The Red Army memorial in the Berlin borough of Treptow was partially constructed using rare marbles salvaged from the devastated Reichs Chancellery Building And rubble from the Führerbunker.
- In the course of the Revolutionary War, some 762 American privateers captured or destroyed 600 British vessels.
- Prompted to General of Brigade in 1796, Jean Lannes (1769-1809), later one of Napoleon’s most noted marshals, decided to go back to his home town, Lectoure, in Gascony, to show off a bit, only to be taken down a peg when an elderly woman who’d known him as a child, remarked, after taking a look at him in his splendid new uniform, “You’re still a little twerp!”
- In 546 BC an agreement to have dispute settled by a duel between 300 "champions" on each side ended up in actual battle between Argos and Sparta because no one could agree on who had won!
- During the first half of the twentieth century, American cavalrymen sometimes jokingly referred to hemorrhoids as “cavalry tonsils.”
- Greatly admiring the Dutch people, from whom he had learned shipbuilding and seamanship, when it came time to design a flag for his new Navy, Tsar Peter the Great, based it on that of the Netherlands, by changing its red-white-blue equal stripes to white-blue-red, which remains today the flag of the Russian Republic.
- During some of the tensest moments of the war in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower was known to smoke as many as 60 Camels a day.
- Eva Braun’s preferred footwear were Ferragamos, and during one of Der Fürhrer’s visits to Il Duce, she spent a considerable sum on shoes while in Florence.
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