Al Nofi's CIC
|| Issue #41, June 29, 2001
- Infinite Wisdom
- la Triviata
- Short Rounds
- The Royal Afghan Highlanders
- Battle Ready, But Not Child Proof
- Old Soldier's Story - Xenophon Sets an Example
"A first class soldier never lets success go to his head."
-- Flavius Josephus
- Benito Mussolini was named after the heroic Mexican president, Benito Juarez, I Duce's father having admired the revolutionary leader.
- The first use of a screw propeller on a warship was probably that installed on the pioneer submersible American Turtle during the American Revolution, which also sported a snorkel, and was the first undersea vessel to undertake a "war patrol."
- During Napoleon's domination of France (1799-1815), only 52,000 men voluntarily entered the armed forces, out of some 1,350,000 who served, for a conscription rate exceeding 99.96-percent.
- In 1695, seven out of eight marshals in the Habsburg army were nobles, as were 12 of 15 colonels, and 25 of 35 lieutenant colonels, but only 75 of 301 captains, and not 25 of some 400 lieutenants.
- During World War I Italy and Austria-Hungary lost at least 60,000 soldiers killed in avalanches, mostly in the Dolomite Alps
- Between 1814 and 1914 non-battle casualties in armies declined by some 90-percent, due primarily to improvements in logistical support and medical science.
- Three German blockade runners - Rio Grande, Bergenland, and Wesserland - captured in the South Atlantic on January 2-4, 1944, carried sufficient rubber to provide tires for 5,000 heavy bombers.