All US Army Helicopters are named after Indigenous North American Tribes defense.gov/Explore/Insid…
When Robert E. Lee invaded Pennsylvania for the Battle of Gettysburg, his army kidnapped free black civilians and sold them south into slavery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned of 'Project 100,000.' 25% of US Army soldiers in the Vietnam were intentionally-recruited "misfits" who couldn't read and write, had an IQ of below 75, and/or dropped out of high school. Some didn't even know the US was at war. They had 3x the casualty rate of regular soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned about Soviet cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev who was in space when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Unable to return, he stayed in space for 10 months. He was supposed to do military service during that time. The army almost issued a desertion warrant until they realised he wasn't on the planet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
During the response to a major bridge collapse in Oklahoma in 2002, an ex-con took command of the disaster site by impersonating a US Army Captain. He directed FBI agents, appropriated vehicles and equipment and lead the rescue/recovery effort for two days before fleeing the scene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-4…
Archibald Roosevelt,son of President Teddy Roosevelt,was wounded during WW1. He rejoined the army during WW2 and was wounded in the same knee as he had been during WW1,making him only American to ever be classified as 100% disabled twice for the same wound incurred in two different wars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
In 1932, a group of World War I veterans gathered in Washington, DC to demand early payment of their service bonuses. President Hoover called in the Army to disperse the protestors. With a force of 500 infantrymen, 500 cavalry, and 6 tanks, the Army succeeded, and two veterans were killed. britannica.com/event/Bonu…
Today I learned of Patrick Tadina a 30yr Army veteran who was the longest continuously serving Ranger in Vietnam. Due to his completion & small size he could often pass as Vietcong while wearing pajamas & sandals to get within feet of the enemy. He earned two silver stars & 10 bronze stars, 7 with valor. stripes.com/news/patrick-…
Predjama Castle was under seige by the Austrian army for almost a year. The castle lasted so long because it had a secret tunnel in the back which brought food to the castle. The seige ended only when the ruler died on the latrine after getting hit by a cannonball. atlasobscura.com/places/p…
United States Army had a tactical deception unit called "Ghost Army" during the WW2, it consisted of 1100 soldiers, their job was to deceive the enemy by inflatable tanks, sound trucks, and fake radio transmissions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
In 1863, an escaped slave named Gordon stumbled into Union Army territory in Louisiana. He had trekked 80 miles after escaping a Mississippi plantation, where he had been whipped so badly that he almost died. His haunting image of gruesome injuries became a rallying cry across the North. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
The US Army Ordnance Department sabotaged the prototype AR-15 with 3 critical changes when it went into mass production as the M16, leading to its poor performance in the Vietnam War. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
The Soviet Union trained military dogs to carry timed explosives to enemy tanks, but used their own diesel engine tanks to train the dogs rather than German tanks which had gasoline engines, effectively meaning the Soviets had trained the dogs to sabotage their own army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Gin & Tonic originated in India to make quinine, a traditional cure for malaria more palatable for the British army stationed in the region. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin…
Bhagat Singh Thind gained US citizenship in 1918, only to be stripped of it 4 days later for being Indian. His 2nd attempt had the Supreme Court rule against him. He succeeded in his 3rd attempt. He was also the first turbaned (Sikh) member of the US Army, serving during WWI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
Many female workers at RavensbrΓΌck concentration were forced to produce army uniforms for the Nazis. They deliberately sabotaged them. An example of this is that they made the heels of socks too narrow or defective. This gave soldiers painful blisters on their feet. repository.canterbury.ac.…
Today I learned of Roza Shanina, whose teenage brother was killed by Germans in WWII. Seeing how sad her mother was, she joined the Red Army as a 17-year old sniper and killed 59 Nazis as revenge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roz…
US Army base Fort Bragg is named after an extremely unpopular Confederate General who was considered among the worse commanders and is credited as one of the principal factors in the Confederacy's defeat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra…
In the 1980s there was a persistent rumour in the UK that McDonald's was funding the Irish Republican Army. This was ultimately traced back to a U.S. talkshow where the company was praised for its generosity in funding Individual Retirement Accounts en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McD…
Late last year, the Army launched an accelerated effort into training and equipping 26 of its 31 active combat brigades to fight in large-scale subterranean facilities that exist beneath dense urban areas around the world. military.com/daily-news/2…
Former member of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge, has signed a research agreement with the Army to study "inertial mass reduction, mechanical/structural meta materials, electromagnetic meta material wave guides, quantum physics, quantum communications, and beamed energy propulsion" armytimes.com/off-duty/mi…
Walt Disney almost died during the 1918 influenza pandemic. He became so sick he was released from the Army to go home so his parents could take care of him. mouseplanet.com/12624/How…
The Swiss Army Knives are red so they can more easily be found when dropped in snow newlyswissed.com/an-unabr…
Despite being aligned with Nazi Germany in WWII, Finnish Jews were not persecuted by the government of Finland. The Finnish Army set up the only field synagogue on the Eastern Front and Finnish Jews fought with Germans in support of the Axis Powers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about US Army Technical Manual 31-210, a manual designed by the US Military for the US Armed Forces to fabricate guns, explosives, ammunition, mortars, rockets, and incendiary devices with locally available/ unassuming materials on enemy soil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TM_…
Chinese Empress Cixi once remarked that she has heard much of Queen Victoria but she did not think that "her life is half as interesting and eventful as mine". Under her, China attained the attributes of a modern state: industries, railways, electricity, telegraph, and an army and navy napoleon.org/en/magazine/…
The US gave hallucinogenic drugs to soldiers to make sure they are prepared to exposure to chemical warfare. Between 1955-75 the army used 7,000 volunteer soldiers to test LSD, nerve agents, irritants, and blistering agents. Some volunteers were asked to workout & do math while on LSD. newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Queen Elizabeth II was a truck mechanic in the army mashable.com/2015/04/22/q…
When African-American Edward A. Carter Jr. was a teenager, he snuck out and joined the Chinese Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant before being exposed and sent back to his parents. He later earned the Medal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
The 98th Illinois Regiment, part of General William T. Sherman's 23rd Army Corps, made their Corps battle flag from captured Confederate flags from the southern arsenal in Macon, Georgia, during Sherman's famous March to the Sea historical.ha.com/itm/mil…
The only president to be killed in action during battle is Paraguay's Francisco Solano Lopez (In office 1862-1870). Pres. Lopez personally led Paraguayan armies during the Paraguayan War (1862-70) vs. Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, wherein he was killed in the war's last battle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
One of the original guitar players for Nirvana, left to join Soundgarden. Then enlisted and went on to become a Green Beret and Army Ranger. musicliferadio.com/2010/0…
M&M's were created for the US Army so that soldiers could carry chocolate in tropical climates without it melting confectionerynews.com/Art…
Today I learned of Kevin Briggs, a San Francisco Highway Patrol Officer and a veteran of US Army, who has talked approximately 200 people out of suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge since 1994. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
The U.S. Army promoted Donald Duck to the rank of Sergeant and retired him from active duty on his 50th birthday because Donald was never officially separated from service in any of his wartime cartoons or comics. headstuff.org/culture/his…
When the Red Army captured Hitler's bunker on 2 May 1945, the only person they found alive was mechanic, Johannes Hentschel. He had stayed behind after everyone else had either fled of committed suicide to keep the field hospital in the building above supplied with water and electricity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The US Army’s secret unit, Project Stargate, investigated paranormal activity for 3 Cold War decades, including using psychic powers to spy on & locate the enemy during warfare independent.co.uk/life-st…
In the 19th Century the US Army experimented in using camels instead of horses to traverse the American South West en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about British general J.F.C. Fuller, whose theories influenced the Nazi's adoption of the blitzkrieg. In 1939, Hitler staged a parade of his mechanized army and asked Fuller "What do you think of your children?" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
VΓ΅ NguyΓͺn GiΓ‘p, a general in the Vietnam People's Army, had no direct military training & was a history teacher at a French-speaking academy. He would later earn the moniker "Red Napoleon" by some Western sources. He has been called one of the greatest military strategists of the 20th century en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
β€œDecimation” was a form of punishment within the Roman Army in which every tenth man was executed by his fellow troops. It was used to punish offenses such as mutiny, desertion, and cowardice. The word β€œdecimation” is derived from Latin meaning β€œremoval of a tenth.” militaryhistorynow.com/20…
In 1984, the U.S. Army gave Donald Duck an honorable discharge in honor of his military service for appearances in Disney WWII cartoons and WWII mascots embodied in combat units of various U.S. military branches en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Army Ants Are Being Used To Stitch Up Wounds In The Villages Of Africa buzznick.com/army-ants-us…
, By the 1860s, mustaches were finally compulsory for all the Armed Forces and they became as much an emblem for the Armed Forces as the Army uniform. businessinsider.com/from-…
The Chief of Staff of the Nazi German army in 1944 later became the Chairman of NATO en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Qian Xuesen was a Chinese scientist/colonel in the US army partially responsible for helping America go to space. But because of racism, he was deported to China. He was the father of Chinese rocketry and is one of the reasons why China is a world power today with ICBMS. youtu.be/CDvosSqSUTw
Today I learned of Marthe Cohn, a French holocaust survivor who served as a spy for the French army. In November 1944, she manipulated a SS officer into divulging the location of the Germany army, allowing the allies to avoid a major ambush. At 100, she is still alive today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1795 the Dutch navy was defeated near the island of Texel when the French army found out they were stuck in ice. So the French army simply rode up to them on horseback and the Dutch were forced to surrender. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
After WWII, Col. S. L. A. Marshal published a report that found only 15-20% of soldiers in combat fired to kill during the war, even if their lives were threatened. This prompted the US Army to switch from bulls-eye targets to sillouette targets to desensitize soldiers to killing killology.com/aggression-…
In 1894, President Grover Cleveland sent the Army to stop the Pullman Strike (manufacturer of railroad cars) and 30 strikers were killed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lab…
During the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, the Hungarian Army, officially fighting on the German side, secretly assisted the Polish resistance, launching "ambushes" on the Poles and then "retreating" immediately, leaving behind massive amounts of weapons and supplies for the Poles to "capture." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Jimi Hendrix successfully pretended to be gay in order to be discharged from the army. billboard.com/articles/ne…
The modern display of the confederate flag is not what was flown by the majority of soldiers of the Confederate States of America, but is the battle flag of the army of Northern Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
In 1398, Timur the Lame faced an army that had war elephants armoured with chain mail and poison on their tusks. Timur loaded his camels with wood and hay, and then when the elephants charged, he lit them on fire and forced them onwards. The elephants panicked and turned around. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned of Amedeo Guillet, an Italian WWII officer who led the last-ever cavalry charge against the British Army and won. The last cavalry commander in history, he died in 2010 at the age of 101. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
1% of fighter pilots accounted for 50% of fighter pilot kills in the American army Air Force during WWII youtube.com/watch?v=zViyZ…
In 1995 an American army vet stole a tank and drove it in the streets of San Diego youtube.com/watch?v=Kpgkh…
Cartoonist, Mike Diana, whose comics often dealt with sexuality, violence and religion, was the first person in the United States to receive a criminal conviction for "Artistic Obscenity". The court also ruled that Diana was to submit to warrant-less searches, by police and the Salvation Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
When Canada invented coloured designs on their coins, US Army contractors thought they were spy devices filled with "nanotechnology" thestar.com/news/2007/05/…
The Star Fleet logo (from Star Trek) is based off the delta symbol. The symbol was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. spacenews.com/u-s-space-f…
The fattest animal on earth is not a manatee or a whale but the 1Β½ inch Miller Moth Caterpillar (aka army cutworms). With 72% body fat it is more calorie-rich than elk or deer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
-that the first flag to be raised in Berlin was a Polish one! raised by the polish signal corps whom were part of the red army advance in Berlin! outono.net/elentir/2017/0…
After the Battle of Aspern-Essling (1809), the surgeon of the Napoleonic Army Larrey, lacking salt, seasoned a horse meat bouillon for the wounded under his care with gunpowder. It was also used for sterilization in ships when there was no alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
The United States Army has an Esports team en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S…
Today I learned about Peter Conover Hains, a US army officer who served in the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and World War I, the latter after being recalled to active-duty at the age of 77. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The oldest known soldier to have served during the American Civil War was Curtis king who enlisted in the Union Army at 80 years old. By all accounts he served his country honorably. ancestralfindings.com/cur…
In 1974, a trainee who failed to become a US Army pilot stole a helicopter and buzzed around Washington DC to demonstrate his skills. He intended to personally surrender to President Nixon, and landed on the South Lawn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Raoul Wallenberg, a swedish diplomat stationed in Budapest, Hungary, accredited with saving the lives of more than 30,000 jews during WWII disappeared under suspicious circumstances upon the liberation of Budapest by the Soviet Army and was never seen again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rao…
Julius Caesar almost started his career as a priest, which would have forbidden him from touching a horse, sleeping one night outside of Rome, or looking upon an army en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Walt Disney Studios was taken over and converted by the U.S. Army into an anti-aircraft base in fears that Japanese bombers would soon reach Los Angeles. It remained the only time a Hollywood studio came under military occupation in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
A fitness tracking app unknowingly revealed locations of secret US army bases. They released a map with over 3 million data points, showing popular running routes. Data shared by soldiers on the app was detailed enough to reveal sensitive information of users on active military service. theguardian.com/world/201…
, actor Clark Gable fought in WW2 and almost got killed once. When word of this reached MGM, studio executives began to badger the Army Air Forces to reassign him to noncombat duty. Also, Hitler was a fan and offered a sizable reward to anyone who could capture and bring Gable to him unscathed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
During WWI, the British Army had β€œPals battalions”; letting men from the same community to serve in the war together. This practice was ended after the Somme offensive, as entire battalions were wiped out, meaning their communities back home were devastated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Today I learned of John Woods, an Army private who lied his way into becoming the Army's hangman and an officer. He carried out 60-70 executions in two years, several of which he bungled by building the gallows too short, including all ten of the Nuremberg Executions of the Nazi high command. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The US Army never gave the Native Americans smallpox infested blankets as a tool of genocide. The US did inflict countless atrocities against the natives, but the smallpox blankets story was fabricated by a University of Colorado professor. quod.lib.umich.edu/p/plag…
The Persian Army brought an immense block of marble to the Battle of Marathon, intending to build a monument of their victory. Captured by the Greeks, they sculpted a statue of Nemesis, the goddess who cuts down those with too much pride en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nem…
To avoid being conscripted by the Roman Army, some men would cut off their thumbs so that they couldn’t wield a sword. By the end of the fourth century, conscription avoidance was so widespread that Emperor Theodosius passed a law that forced the thumb-less to serve. historyextra.com/period/r…
During the Continuation War the Finnish Army used the SΓ€kkijΓ€rven Polkka to disarm radio-controlled mines en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C…
The Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Ancient Egyptian, was found in 1799 during the French military expedition to Egypt, by a French Army engineer captain named Pierre-Francois Bouchard. Bouchard had been part of a unit tasked with restoring an old fort, where he spotted the slab. discoveringegypt.com/egyp…
At the age of 72 General BlΓΌcher was trapped under his horse and trodden on for several hours at the battle of Battle of Ligny. BlΓΌcher took a liniment fortified with schnapps and rejoined his army; where he led the cavalry to victory at the Battle of Waterloo the next day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geb…
The Royal Canadian Air Force is the sixth largest in the Americas. After the US Air Force, US Navy, US Army, US Marine Corps, and the Brazilian Air Force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
Today I learned about Pals Battalions. British army units consisting of men from the same town or profession during the First World War. They were created as a way to boost morale. They did not take into account that almost the entire male population of a town would be wiped out in a single battle. encyclopedia.1914-1918-on…
The Sacred Band of Thebes was a troop of select soldiers, consisting of 150 pairs of male couples which formed the elite force of the Theban army in the 4th century BC, and were responsible for the defeat of the Spartans at the decisive Battle of Leuctra (371 BC). wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred…
Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States and commander of all allied forces during WWII, never set foot on an active battlefield during his entire 27 year career in the army. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Charles Young was the third African-American graduate of the United States Military Academy, the first black U.S. national park superintendent, first black military attachΓ©, first black man to become a colonel in the United States Army, and highest-ranking black officer in the regular army en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of Baron von Steuben. A Prussian Military Officer who served as Major General of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Von Steuben wrote the Army's Drill Manual, and is credited for turning the Continental Army into a formidable force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
In 1968, the US army accidentally killed 6,000 sheep on ranch land north of its biological and chemical weapons testing facility known as the Dugway Proving Ground. The Skull Valley Sheep Kill - as it came to be known, was caused by the open air testing of a highly toxic nerve agent "VX". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dug…
Today I learned of the events of Black Monday 1360. In the midst of the Siege of Chartres the marauding English Army was decimated by a freak hailstorm which killed over 1,000 of the besiegers and 6,000 of their horses. One soldier noted it was "a foul day, full of myst and hayle, so that men dyed on horseback" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
FARC got tricked into giving up their most high profile hostage and 14 others. The Colombian army made up a NGO which would transfer captives by helicopter. Once aboard the chopper, the soldiers revealed the ruse and arrested the militants, freeing all hostages. Not a single shot was fired. theguardian.com/world/200…
The British Army has the same number of soldiers now as it did in 1830, despite the UK's population being 4x larger now en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The creators of Curious George fled Paris on homemade bicycles just hours before Hitler's army invaded during WWII. The Reys decided they wanted to bring several in-the-works manuscripts with them and managed to pack five in their meager belongings. One of them was the first Curious George book mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Today I learned about Momčilo GavriΔ‡ who was the youngest known soldier to fight in World War 1 being only 7 years old. After his family was killed by Austro-Hungarian soldiers he would go on to join the Serbian Army, fight in the Battle of Cer, and at the age of 8 reach the rank of Corporal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
Today I learned about Basil II. He is said to have captured 15,000 prisoners and fully blinded 99 of every 100 men, leaving one one-eyed man in each cohort to lead the rest back to their ruler. The king of Bulgaria was struck down by the sight of his blinded army and died two days later after suffering a stroke en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bas…
There is a small village in Switzerland called "ChΓ€s und Brot" (Cheese and Bread) . It's got its name in 1339, after Bernese troops ate cheese and bread there the evening before the battle of Laupen. The next day, they won decisively against the Burgundian army. schweizerbrot.ch/blog/auf…
There is only one publicly known operator who served both DEVGRU (US Navy Seal Team 6) and US Army Delta Force special-ops.org/the-only-…
Today I learned of Gilles de Rais, who was a leader in the French army and fought alongside Joan of Arc. He also happened to be a serial child murderer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
During WWI influenza sickened 26% of the US Armyβ€”more than one million menβ€”and killed almost 30,000 before they even got to France. centennial.legion.org/iow…
During WW1 the british army created β€œPals Battalions” which let men fight alongside their friends, neighbours and colleagues. The objective of these battalions were so soldiers would fight harder and keep each others spirits up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Today I learned about John Steele, an American paratrooper who landed on the pinnacle of a church tower in Sainte-MΓ¨re-Γ‰glise, the first village in Normandy liberated by the US Army on D-Day, 1944. He is being commemorated by an effigy in his Airborne uniform which hangs from the steeple. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
African Americans made up a significant portion of the Continental army fighting the British in the American Revolution. At the Siege of Yorktown, one German officer estimated the American army to be about one-quarter black. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afr…

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