"Victory is the beautiful bright colored flower. Transport is the stem without which if could never have blossomed."
|--||Winston S. Churchill,|
The River War (1899)
- During the Crimean War, disease accounted for
about 70 percent of total British and French deaths, combat for about 12-15
percent, and the rest accidents, especially drownings, plus murder, exposure,
and other causes.
- Following a severe reverse during an attempt to
drive the German trench lines back from Soissons on January 8-14, 1915, French
Generalissimo Joseph Joffre sacked every general and most colonels in the 5th
Group of Reserve Divisions.
- During Japan’s “Boshin War” (1868-1869), between
the forces of imperial restoration and those of the Shogun, a platoon of some
30 women – the Joˆshigun – joined the fight for the
latter, and, reinforced by additional women, perished in the defense of Turugajô Castle.
- In 1690, the 15,000 strong Spanish Army of
Lombardy, supporting Piedmont against the French, was suffering a disease rate
of about 10 percent, so that medical costs were running about 2,000 Milanese lire a day, equal to the per
diem pay for 8,000 infantrymen.
- Gaius Octavius – later Augustus – seems to have
first engaged in combat when he was about 16, serving with what later became
the legio VI Ferrata, in the Battle
of Munda (Mar 17, 45 B.C.), during his great uncle Julius Caesar’s Second
- During 1811, provost marshal patrols – often
consisting of whole cavalry regiments – managed to sweep up something like
100,000 deserters or draft dodgers in Napoleonic France.
- On the eve of the outbreak of the Pacific War, in
December of 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy’s Air Force was larger than that
of the Imperial Army.
- From the storming of the Bastille on July 14,
1789 to the end of 1791, some 6,000 French officers fled aboard.
- Having been elected to the Reichstag in 1926, Hermann Goring accepted a monthly
"subsidy" of 1,000 marks to lobby for the interests of Lufthansa, given by one of the airline's
directors, Erhard Milch, whom The Fat One would later reward with a marshal's
baton in the Luftwaffe.
- By one estimate, during the Napoleonic Wars,
perhaps half of all men newly recruited by the Royal Navy were brought in by
impressment, and nearly another quarter by other forms of coercion, including
criminal sentences, vagrancy violations, and similar measures.
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