"Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, and my fingers for war."
- So enthusiastic a fencer was George S. Patton that he once struck an opponent’s saber so hard his own blade broke.
- Will Somers, Henry VIII’s court jester, was quite near-sighted, and had a suit of armor fitted with corrective lenses.
- Between 1939 and 1944, when expansion ended, private shipyards in the United States added 437 building ways and 19 dry docks of 200 feet or more to the country’s existing shipbuilding facitilites, while the Navy added 12 ways and 32 dry docks to its own facilities.
- Jorge Farragut, a Spanish immigrant who served as an officer in the North Carolina Navy, had a son who also adopted a maritime career, David Glasgow Farragut.
- Horse artillery – often called “flying artillery” – was introduced by Frederick the Great in 1759.
- Between 1836 and 1845 the Republic of Texas maintained a Marine Corps, in which at one time or another 68 officers were commissioned, for a force that throughout its existence included only about 350 enlisted men.
- About 10-percent of the American troops deployed doing peacekeeping duty in Bosnia are engaged in housekeeping functions, from running laundries to maintaining sophisticated equipment
- The principal supplier of high quality coal for the Imperial-and-Royal Austro-Hungarian Navy on the eve of World War I was Britain, which which the Empire shortly found itself at war.