In World War 1, Nobel prize winning physicist Marie Curie developed mobile X-Ray stations to travel to the frontlines and assist army surgeons and preventing amputations when limbs were still intact. It's estimated that over a million wounded soldiers were x-rayed with her units. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 2005 a Russian private was forced to squat for four hours as part of a brutal army hazing ritual and the lack of blood flow resulted in his genitals and legs requiring amputation sparking public outcry in Russia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Julius Caesar and Cleopatra were in a relationship and political alliance. Julius Caesar needed Cleopatra's money, and Cleopatra needed the help of Caesar's army to take control of Egypt from her husband/brother Ptolemy XIII. historyextra.com/period/a…
When cowboy actor Slim Pickens enlisted in the US Army during WWII, he told the recruiter that his profession was "rodeo". This was misheard as "radio" and Slim spent the entirety of the war stationed at a midwestern broadcast station. truewestmagazine.com/cowb…
Today I learned about the Sacred Band of Thebes, an elite Theban army unit made up of 150 pairs of male lovers. They were a highly successful unit through the 4th century BC, ending Spartan domination at the Battle of Battle of Leuctra. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Brock Lesnar was kicked out of the Army National Guard because he couldn't type. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
Harriet Tubman escaped slavery in the southerns states, then returned again and again to rescue 70 more enslaved people. Then later, after the Fugitive Slave Act was passed, she helped guide fugitives farther north into Canada. During the American Civil War she helped the Union Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
A week before the Rosa Parks incident, segregation on interstate buses was struck down after a black Woman Army Corps Private refused to give up her seat to a white Marine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key…
In the Modern German Army, Any Order That Is Not β€œof any use for service” Becomes Non-Binding, Even In the Midst of Combat or If Given by a High-Ranking Official history.com/news/why-germ…
The US Army field tested the use of camels in the American Southwest before the Civil War armyhistory.org/the-u-s-a…
During the American Civil War, several divisions of the confederate army had a large snowball fight. It started when a couple of hundred men from Texas plotted a friendly fight with men from Arkansas, which spiralled into a brawl involving 9,000 soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sno…
One of the flags historically used by Confederate army units depicted a crescent moon alongside thirteen stars representing the thirteen states admitted to the Confederacy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Today I learned of the "Yankee Samurai," Japanese-American translators who served during WW2 with the US Army's Military Intelligence Service. They deployed to numerous battles, and one general even credited them with "[shortening] the Pacific War by two years and [saving]...a million American lives.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
More than 380,000 African American soldiers served in the Army during WWI. THE U.S. Army wasn’t comfortable with the idea of training black men for combat, so they were assigned to train under/fight along side the French army.mil/article/199913/a…
During the Battle of Cannae, Hannibal encircled the entire Roman army with his troops and killed between 50,000 - 70,000 Roman soldiers while loosing only 6,000 of his own men. Today this battle is often considered to be the perfect defeat of an enemy army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of the Battle of the Wabash or St. Clair's defeat. When an American army of 1000 men was slaughtered by a Native American force of near equal strength in 1791. Only 28 men escaped unscathed with a casualty rate of 97%, it remains the largest defeat in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
Today I learned of August Willich, a communist Union Army general who once challenged Karl Marx to a duel because he thought Marx was too conservative en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aug…
George Marshall, Head of the US Army during WW2, initially scheduled operation Overlord(D-Day Landings) for April 1, 1943 but due to Churchill opposition the landing were reschedule to happen on 1944. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
In 1940, on the way to their invasion or Ardennes, France, the massive German army got into a major traffic jam. French reconnaissance pilots spotted it and reported it to French High Command who promptly said "that can't be true" and ignored it. An aerial attack could have ended the war historyhit.com/how-a-coup…
Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated combat soldiers of WW2, who earned every combat award available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism, went on to have an acting career after the war and ended up starring as himself in a movie about his own wartime heroics. history.com/.amp/news/aud…
In 1917, Salvation Army volunteers provided supplies and baked goods to American soldiers. The women fried doughnuts in the soldiers' helmets and were known as "Doughnut Lassies" popularizing doughnuts in the USA. National Doughnut Day is now celebrated on the first Friday of June every year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Elvis Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army. At the peak of his career, he received his draft notice for a two-year stint in the army. Fans sent tens of thousands of letters to the army asking for him to be spared, but Elvis refused to decline. He was sworn as an army private on March 24, 1958. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Before the second world war, the US Army's 45th Infantry Division had a yellow swastika as their sleeve insignia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/45t…
On 12 April 1831, the Broughton Suspension Bridge collapsed, reportedly due to mechanical resonance induced by troops marching in step. As a result of the incident, the British Army issued an order that troops should "break step" when crossing a bridge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
The cravat originated in Croatia. The French army enlisted Croatian mercerneries who tied/knotted cloth around their necks with linen, silks or other fabric. The word comes from the French mispronounciation of the word "croate", meaning Croatian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
Marine Cpl. John H. Pruitt was posthumously awarded both the Army and Navy Medal of Honor for capturing two machine guns and 40 Germans on October 3, 1918. He was killed the next dayβ€”his 22nd birthdayβ€”by an artillery shell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army on April 9, 1865 in the house of Wilmer McLean, a farmer who had moved to Appomattox Court House, VA for safety after the Battles of Bull Run took place on his land in 1861 and 1862 nps.gov/people/wilmer-mcl…
Robert E Lee was the second second in his class at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint, ranking only slightly lower than Charles Mason. Charles Mason resigned from the Army a year after graduation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned of WW2 US Army Captain Moffatt Burriss who, along with two other me in a Jeep, accidentally stumbled upon a 15,000 strong German Panzer Corps outside of Berlin toward the end of the war. He approached the enemy commander alone and tricked him into surrendering his army and being taken captive. taskandpurpose.com/news/m…
The last battle of the Papal army was in 1870 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…
Today I learned about the Death Spiral of Ants when army ants are separated from their main tribe, lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another forming and endless loop and causing them to eventually die of exhaustion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
When Germany invaded Belgium in World War I, King Albert I took personal command of the Belgian Army. He led his army for 4 years, fighting alongside his troops, while his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front. His 12 year-old son, the Crown Prince, also fought in the ranks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Israel has largest number of start-ups per capita in the world. Compulsory military service is thought to be the main reason as it gives every single person (from any background) the tools to enter the start-up game - technical training and collaboration between diverse army community. apex.aero/articles/startu…
Luxembourg sent an army of 85 people to fight in the Korean War mnhm.net/ng/index.php/exp…
In the 2012 remake of Red Dawn, the invading army was originally written as being China. In post-production, all references to China were changed to North Korea, as the studio wanted access to the Chinese market. The film was still never released in China. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
In January 1979, Vietnam's army entered Phnom Penh to end the genocide that killed nearly 1/4 of all Cambodians. Shortly after, most of the UN denounced Vietnam and placed it in sanctions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
In 1968, the US army killed about 6000 sheep after accidentally releasing a gaseous nerve agent (VX) on a huge flock of them after a test at the Dugway proving grounds in Utah. This was known as the Dugway sheep incident the first documented admission about it from the Army was in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
Braille began as a military code called "night writing." Developed by the French army (1819) - soldiers could communicate at night without speaking / using candles. Louis Braille learned the code & developed the more user-friendly, optimized version of the Braille alphabet we know today. zhousestories.com/militar…
For a few months in 1784, the entire United States Army consisted of just 80 soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Democracy originally involved a "lottery": The Ancient Athenians primarily used 'sortition' in selecting their public officials, randomly choosing them out of a pool of citizen volunteers, in contrast to elections, which were reserved for specialist positions such as the general of an army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sor…
Subutai won 65 battles as general of the Mongol Empire including defeating a Russian army of 80K with only 20K soldiers. His tactics were studied by Mikhail Ivanin in the 19th century & incorporated into Russian military academies & the Red Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
The highest rank in the US Army is General of the Armies, and only two people have held that rank: George Washington (posthumously) and John J. Pershing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
The Chinese Army has been training 10,000 pigeons to provide support to the military's communications in the event that war renders its modern technology unusable. The pigeons, flying at speeds of up to 75 miles (120 km) per hour, are being trained to carry loads of up to 3.5 oz (100 g) content.time.com/time/wor…
In 1966 the Spanish army built an enormous cemetery in Burgos for the final scene of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The graveyard now hosts 4,500 graves bearing the names of the living people who each donated €15 towards the 2018 restoration of the cemetery to its original movie set condition. english.elpais.com/elpais…
Today I learned of Wu Huawen, a Chinese military commander who defected three separate times in the 1940's: first from the Chinese Kuomintang to the Japanese puppet government in China, then back to the Kuomintang, and finally to the Chinese People's Liberation Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_…
During WWII, the Coca-Cola Company operated 64 bottling plants near combat zones overseas on behalf of the U.S. military and distributed more than 5 billion bottles of Coca-Cola to Army, Navy, and Marine personnel in all the war's theaters of operations. coca-colacompany.com/news…
Thousands of people of Jewish decent were conscripted or volunteered into the German army during WWII, some ending up in senior positions. Hitler personally signed off on the "declaration of German blood" for 77 high-ranking officers who had Jewish parents or were married to Jews. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Franz Halder the Chief of Staff of the German Army High Command was the only German to be awarded by Hitler and the US President. He planned the invasion of the Soviet Union and authorized most of its atrocities. He was used by the US to gain intelligence on the USSR and was never punished. military.wikia.org/wiki/F…
During the U.S. Civil War, Andrew Carnegie was drafted for the Army; however, rather than serve, he paid another man $850 to report for duty in his place, a common practice at the time. history.com/topics/19th-c…
The army college at Ft Leavenworth sent officers to spend a week with Barnum & Bailey circus to improve army logistics. circushistoricalsociety.o…

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