“Do not be deceived by humane acts of the enemy.”
|--||Maurice, The Strategikon|
- The most common medical reason cited by the U.S. Army during World War I for classifying a man IV-F (“unfit for military service by reason of physical defect”) was poor eyesight, 21.7-percent.
- The building of the giant Japanese battleship Musashi required 31,380 separate blueprints.
- In 1914 87% of the cavalry officers in Imperial Germany were nobles, a figure that fell to 48% in the infantry, 41% in the field artillery,31% in the Service Troops, 13% in the Navy, and only 6% in the Engineers and coast artillery.
- An attempt to build a modern navy for China in the 1890s was frustrated due to the diversion of the $50 million budgeted build a palace for the Dowager Empress, which did, however, including a large marble fountain in the form of a boat, to comply with the requirement that the money be spent on ships
- In 1880 the U.S. Military Academy Press published the first edition of Mark Twain’s teasingly-off color 1601, Conversation as It was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors.
- The famous film director Roberto Rosellini learned his trade during World War II, making propaganda films for the Italian Royal Navy.
- In October of 1943 the Red Army had 5.5 million men on the Eastern Front, equipped with 8,500 tanks and 20,770 pieces of artillery, facing 2.5 million German (45.5%), with 2,300 tanks (27.4%) and 8,000 guns (38.7%).
- On the eve of World War I, the citizens of the Hapsburg Empire spent about three times as much on beer, tobacco, and wine as they did on national defense.