Strange But True Military Facts

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In the eighteenth century, Englishmen James Puckle designed a rapid-fire weapon that could fire two types of bullets—round ones to kill Christians, square ones to kill Muslims. In World War II, Soviet pilots destroyed over 500 German aircraft on the Eastern Front by ramming them in midair. The Native American war leader Little Turtle was responsible for inflicting one of the most crushing defeats on the U.S. Army in military history, and yet hardly anyone has heard of him. These are just a few of the odd facts ...

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In the eighteenth century, Englishmen James Puckle designed a rapid-fire weapon that could fire two types of bullets—round ones to kill Christians, square ones to kill Muslims. In World War II, Soviet pilots destroyed over 500 German aircraft on the Eastern Front by ramming them in midair. The Native American war leader Little Turtle was responsible for inflicting one of the most crushing defeats on the U.S. Army in military history, and yet hardly anyone has heard of him. These are just a few of the odd facts that are included in Strange But True Military Facts, a book that examines the more bizarre aspects of the art of war.

Containing over 500 individual entries, Strange But True Military Facts covers everything from wacky weapons, insane generals, and crazy battlefield decisions, to the frankly plain weird. Examples include the British plan in World War II to construct an aircraft carrier made from ice and wood pulp, the U.S. dentist who tried to convince President Roosevelt that bats could be  used to carry bombs for use against the Japanese, and the treasured silver punch bowl of the British Army’s Light Dragoons, which was originally a Napoleonic chamber pot.

Strange But True Military Facts is a compendium of everything that you will not find in standard military history books, or indeed any book on the military arts. But if you want to find out about the strangest sieges, the shortest wars, the worst armies, the most incompetent generals, and bizarre battlefield blunders, then this is the book for you.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435124356
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 5/22/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.64 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Crawford is a former member of the British intelligence services who has taken part in numerous top secret missions. Since leaving the world of military intelligence he has written a number of books on military subjects, including The U.S. Marine Corps in World War II: The Stories Behind the Photos, The U.S. Army in World War II: The Stories Behind the Photos, The Eastern Front Day by Day, Deadly Fighting Skills of the World, and SAS Gulf Warriors: The Story Behind Bravo Two Zero. He currently lives in England.

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