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…
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…
I learned about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American pilot supporting the US Army during WW2. One time, her aircraft made an emergency landing on a farm. The farmer saw her, grabbed a pitchfork, and chased her around the plane, shouting to neighbors that the Japanese had invaded Kansas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haz…
20 US soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for the Wounded Knee Massacre of as many as 300 men, women, and children Lakota indians by the US army en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wou…
After the Chinese Civil War, several units of the Nationalist army fled to Burma. When recalled to Taiwan, some refuse and marched into Thailand, where they grew opium while fighting Communists for the government. Their village is now "one of Thailand's top ten destinations among backpackers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Ewan McGregor's character in Black Hawk Down is fictionally named because the real person was convicted of child molestation in 1999. The Pentagon gave permission to use actual Army Black Hawks in the movie if the producers agreed to change the name from John Stebbins to 'John Grimes'. crimemagazine.com/war-her…
Today I learned about Jason Everman. A guitarist who after appearing on Nirvana’s album Bleach left the band to join Soundgarden. After touring with Soundgarden in 1990 he left the band and joined the US army becoming a Ranger and serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. special-ops.org/jason-eve…
Vlad III (the Impaler, Dracula) once impaled 20,000 Ottoman soldiers before he had to abandon the Wallachian capital of TΓ’rgoviΘ™te. Upon arriving and seeing the bodies, the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmed II ordered his army to retreat back. findingdulcinea.com/news/…
Today I learned about war pigs against the siege of Megara in 266BC. Pigs were set on fire with resin, and sent towards the army's war elephants. The squealing pigs terrorized the elephants, causing them panic and trample anyone close by, ending the siege due to the high number of elephant-caused casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Alexander the Great once suffered an arrow wound that pierced his lung. He fought on as long as he could, but eventually collapsed on his shield. His army was able to protect him long enough to win the battle and to escape. They cut the arrow out of his chest and amazingly he fully recovered. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War ended only after Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot on a reconnaissance mission, landed his aircraft between the soldiers and the retreating villagers and threatened to open fire if they continued their attacks. history.com/topics/vietna…
The British National Army Museum approached mountain climber Bronco Lane seeking items to commemorate his successful climb of Mt Everest. Lane presented them with 5 fingers he had lost to frostbite on the trip, stating "I haven't got any use for them any more." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro…
American Samoa has a population of less than 60k but has the highest rate of military enlistment of any U.S. state or territory. The local Army recruitment station in Pago Pago ranked #1 in 2014 and 2015 in production out of the 885 Army recruiting stations at the time. pireport.org/articles/201…
After writing the main riff of Seven Nation Army, Jack White planned to save it in case he was ever asked to write a James Bond theme. Deciding this was unlikely to happen, he recorded the song anyways. Five years later, he was asked to write the theme song for the Bond film Quantum of Solace. nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/2…
During WWII the American army created Operation Fantasia in which foxes covered in glow in the dark paint would have been released in Japan as a form of psychological warfare. The plan never reached Japan, but they did test it on some DC natives. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The longest serving Vietnam draftee retired from the US Army in 2014 after 42 years of service. Ralph Rigby was drafted in 1972 at the age of 19 and went on to retire as Chief Warrant Officer 5. armytimes.com/news/your-a…
Marquis De Lafayette became a commissioned officer at only age thirteen and was made a major general in the Continental Army at age nineteen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
Today I learned of Marcario Garcia, a Mexican national in the US Army who received the Medal of Honor in World War II. A month later a restaurant owner in Texas denied him service, beat him with a bat, and eventually filed charges against Marcario. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Sidney Lewis who joined the British Army at age 12, fought in the Battle of the Somme at age 13 but was sent home when his mother complained. He reenlisted without her knowledge, fought in Austria in 1918, and went on to fight in WWII, too, before retiring to run a pub. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
The 'Ghost Army' was created in 1944 as the first tactical deception unit in US Army history to fool the German Wehrmacht. They used inflatable tanks, fake radio traffic, sound effects, and created phony headquarters with bogus officers. This was kept a secret for decades after the war. nationalww2museum.org/vis…
During WWII, the Merchant Marines had the highest casualty rate of any service. Mariners died at a rate of 1 in 26. Much of the deaths and lost tonnage occurred in the North Atlantic while providing materiel and supplies for the Red Army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Army Tried To Turn Nerf Footballs Into Hand Grenades thedrive.com/the-war-zone…
Today I learned of Mithridates VI, he grew an immunity of poison after the assassination of his father while in the wildernes. After being defeated by Pompey, he attempted to raise an army but failed. So he tried to kill himself with poison but failed due to his immunity of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mit…
Smallpox was one of the greatest causes of death for the U.S. Continental Army. George Washington instituted a secret inoculation program that reduced death by smallpox from 17% of all deaths to 1%. mountvernon.org/george-wa…
, Jean Thurel 1698-1807 was a fusilier in the French Army with a stunning career that spanned 75 years. Enlisted in 1716, he would continuously serve with his comrades without support, retiring at age 93 in 1792. Thurel never accepted any offers of promotion and stayed a private his whole career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
In 1797, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, a general in the French Revolutionary Army, wrote, "Being a republican both by principle and by conviction, I want to fight all royalists to my death." 21 years later, Bernadotte was crowned King of Sweden and Norway en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
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…
In 216 B.C during the Battle of Silva Litana, the Germanic Boii cut the forrest’s surrounding trees in such a way that they could fall down with the force of a simple push. Following this they waited and ultimately crushed the approaching Roman column, and destroyed their army of 30,000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
All US Army Helicopters are named after Indigenous North American Tribes defense.gov/Explore/Insid…
Today I learned about Sandra Perron, the first female infantry officer in the Canadian Army. Viewed as a threat by the male officers, she was beaten, tied to a tree, and left in the snow for two hours without boots. Her experience forced the army to revise its procedures to prevent harassment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
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 about Jānis PΔ«nups, a Latvian patriot who was conscripted into and then deserted from the Red Army in 1944. Opposing the Soviet occupation of Latvia, he hid in the forest for 51 years and did not emerge until 1995, thereby avoiding ever becoming a Soviet citizen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
The first Sikh member of the US Army - Bhagat Singh Thind gained US citizenship in 1918 and was stripped of it 4 days later for being Indian. The Supreme Court ruled against him in his second attempt. He succeeded in his third attempt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bha…
Magda Goebbels, wife of Hitler's propaganda minister, had six children whose names all started with "H" to honor Hitler. When the Red Army entered Berlin, she ordered them all to be knocked out with morphine and then poisoned with cyanide in the Fuhrerbunker. smh.com.au/world/papers-r…
One of the reasons the highest rank in the US army is "General of the Army" instead of Field Marshall (as in other countries) was to avoid insulting Gen. George Marshall by calling him Field Marshal Marshall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Today I learned about Momčilo GavriΔ‡, the youngest solder in WW1. He enlisted in the Serbian army at the age of 8, after Austro-Hungarian soldiers killed his family in 1914. He survived the war and lived until 1993. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
Part of the reason the US Army decided not to introduce a rank of field marshal, usually the most senior military rank, during WW2 was because it would have resulted in General George Marshall being designated as β€œField Marshal Marshall.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Today I learned of an "Ant Mill" or more commonly known as a "Death Spiral" in which a group of blind army ants lose the pheromone track of the main foraging party and begin to follow one another in a continuously rotating circle. The ants eventually die from exhaustion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
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…
The Confederate army burned Richmond, Virginia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
The M1 Abrams, currently the main battle tank of the U.S. Army, requires 10 US gallons (38 L) of fuel just to start the gas turbine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_…
During Russian Civil War there was faction called Green army that consisted of peasants who opposed all sides and fought to protect their communities from requisitions or reprisals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
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…
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…
Before Thanksgiving was a national holiday, the US celebrated November 25 as Evacuation Day, the day in 1783 when the British Army departed from New York City on Manhattan Island, after the end of the American Revolutionary War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva…
The United States Army once had a Camel Corps to experiment with using camels as pack animals in the Southwestern United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Manhattan Project got its name because the US Army Engineering Detachment had offices in Manhattan, close to where mined uranium arrived in the US from the Congo. lanl.gov/museum/news/news…
Today I learned about the Rawalpindi experiments. According to documents at the British National Archives in London, British army scientists and doctors tested the effects of mustard gas on over 500 Indian soldiers[3] over a ten-year period. Beginning in the early 1930s, scientists at Rawalpindi sent Indian sol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw…
About the life of John Demjanjuk who started off in the Soviet Army, was captured by the Nazis where he became a concentration camp guard, then became an auto mechanic and US citizen in NYC. He lost his US citizenship twice afterwards and was tried by several nations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was performed with 16 cannons. The song commemorates the Russian defense against the invasion of Napoleon and his army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/181…

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