" . . . death is less bitter when the alternative is slavery."
--Ross Carter, Veteran,
82nd A/B Div, D-Day
- The average combat patrol of a German submarine during World War I was just 17 days, and the longest was only 25 days, by U-38 in 1915.
- At the Battle of Fontenoy (May 11, 1745) the Anglo-Dutch-Austrian Allies lost 40 of their 80 cannon because many of the guns were being served by civilian contractors, most of whom decided to leave field in haste when they realized that the battle was lost.
- By mid-1943 American troops overseas were each receiving an average of 14 pieces of mail a week
- Tsar Peter the Great of Russia, a giant of a man and a lion in battle, reportedly was terrified of cockroaches.
- All 4.4 million scissors produced in Occupied Europe during 1943 were requisitioned for the use of the German Armed Forces.
- The Articles of War of the Royal Navy were first officially published in 1652; revised in 1661, and again in 1749, they remained in force until 1866.
- Tamerlane's sack of Delhi in 1398 produced so much loot that some ordinary soldiers were seen leading away as many 150 slaves and 600 cattle, in addition to uncounted amounts of treasure, silks, and other valuables.
- The Gulf War was the first in which American military forces made no use of mules.