Defense World's - Fact of the Day

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  1. Virendra

    Virendra Moderator Moderator

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    Folks, I am starting this thread to post and discuss Defense-military facts everday.
    We can share historical battle facts, benchmark inventions and the most interesting procedural intricacies of various forces/bodies in action all around the world.
    I hope that it will help us improve our Defense-Military general knowledge.
    We can discuss as much as we'd want, but please post only one "Fact of the Day" per day to maintain consistency and decorum.

    Here's my inaugural autograph ;)
    The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.

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    Top 3 - Shortest War .....

    1. Anglo-Zanzibar War

    Year Fought:
    1896
    Between: British Empire vs Zanzibar
    Outcome: British victory
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    2. Six- Day War

    6 days
    Year Fought:
    1967
    Between: Israel vs Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq
    Outcome: Israeli victory



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    3. Indo-Pakistani War

    13 days
    Year Fought:
    1971
    Between: India vs Pakistan
    Outcome: Bangladesh becomes an independent state

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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    Anglo-Zanzibar War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Good initiative Virendra. I hope this thread is updated regularly and is made a sticky...
     
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    Fact of the Day
    The term "Sniper" is derived from "Snipe", which is a Eurasian bird that was difficult to hunt.
    The term dates back to the 18th century (1770s) among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a
    "sniper". This term was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word "sharpshooter".

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    Blitzkrieg: was the name given to the fast, violent and intensive German military offensive of World War II including bombing via aerial attacks.
    It is also called the 'lightning war'. Heinz Guderian was arguably the first to fully develop and advocate the principles associated with blitzkrieg.
    Like in most cases of important discoveries/inventions, Guderian was initially laughed at and his theories discarded.
    The Blitzkrieg warring method involved all motorised force concentration of military hardware.which moves overwhelmingly and at high speed.
    It was used by the Germans to surprise and swiftly break through the enemy defense lines.
    The origin and strategic/doctrinic intent of Blitzkrieg is still debated.

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    Seems like we have lots of Sitzkrieg in the world today.
     
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    bengalraider DFI Technocrat Stars and Ambassadors

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    Continuing with the next defense fact(it's sad that no one posted anything in the last 13 days., myself included)

    Simo Häyhä (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈsimɔ ˈhæy̯hæ]) (December 17, 1905 – April 1, 2002), nicknamed "White Death" (Russian: Белая смерть, Belaya Smert; Finnish: valkoinen kuolema; Swedish: den vita döden) by the Red Army, was a Finnish sniper. Using a modified Mosin–Nagant in the Winter War, he has the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills – 505 – in any major war.

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    The rank of field marshal was used by some countries as the highest rank, while in other countries it was used as a divisional or brigade rank. Many countries (notably pre-revolutionary France and eventually much of Latin America) actually used two brigade command ranks, which is why some countries now use two stars as their brigade general insignia. (Mexico and Argentina still use two brigade command ranks.)

    In some nations (particularly in the Commonwealth), the equivalent to brigadier general is brigadier, which is not always considered by these armies to be a general officer rank, although it is always treated as equivalent to the rank of brigadier general for comparative purposes. Unlike other general officers, the brigadier general rank is not derived from a field rank of brigadier.

    The rank of major general is a shorter form of sergeant major general, and is lower than lieutenant general as a lieutenant outranks a sergeant major, although outranked by a major.

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    Field marshal is a military rank. Traditionally, it is the highest military rank in an army.

    Some nations use the title of marshal instead, while some have used field marshal general. The Air Force equivalent in the Commonwealth and many Middle Eastern air forces is marshal of the air force (not to be confused with air marshal). The corresponding naval ranks are normally fleet admiral, grand admiral or admiral of the fleet.

    Traditionally, upon their promotion, field marshals are awarded a decorative baton as a symbol of their rank. The baton is often studded with jewels and inlaid with precious metals. In many countries like Austria-Hungary, Prussia and Germany, extraordinary military achievement by a general (a wartime victory) is required for a field marshal.

    Historically, however, several armies used field marshal as a divisional command rank, notably Spain and Mexico (Spanish: mariscal de campo). In France, Portugal and Brazil (French: maréchal de camp, Portuguese marechal de campo) it was formerly a brigade command rank.

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    You have to bump that last one, Russia beat Georgia in 6 days. There are so many operations that last less than a week but aren't called wars it would put Zanzibar in that category.
     
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    In history, till today,

    it is Indian Air-Force who draw the last blood for the legendary Mig-21 fighter and Mig family in the entire world. remember Atlantique Incident ??? since then Mig-21's were never engaged in action in any part of the world. it is also the last kill of the MIG family in the entire world.

    India Airforce was the largest operator of Mig-21 outside russia.
     
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    Holy hell .. devil's hand incarnate. 505 killed !!
    God, never put me in even miles around a sniper :yield:
     
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    Fact of the day - First Recipient of Param Vir Chakra, the highest military decoration in India:

    Major Som Nath Sharma was the first recipient of Param Vir Chakra (PVC). Param Vir Chakra is the highest Indian gallantry award. Major Somnath Sharma was awarded PVC for his bravery in Badgam, Kashmir in November 1947 while fighting Pakistani invaders.

    Major Somnath Sharma, was born on 31 January 1923, in Himachal Pradesh. He was commissioned in the Kumaon Regiment on 22 February 1942. On 22 October 1947, Pakistan launched the tribal invasion of Jammu & Kashmir. The intention was to grab the Kashmir valley by force. To save the State from a tribal invasion, India dispatched troops to Srinagar.

    On 3 November 1947, Major Somnath Sharma's company was ordered on a fighting patrol to Badgam Village in the Kashmir Valley. He was soon surrounded by the enemy from three sides and his company sustained heavy casualties from the ensuing artillery bombardment. He realized the importance of holding onto his position as both the city of Srinagar and the airport would be vulnerable if it were lost. Under heavy fire and outnumbered seven to one, Major Somnath Sharma and his troops fought till last blood and halted the advance of Pakistani invaders for a few crucial hours till Indian reinforcements arrived.

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    Sveltyana Savistskaya was the second woman in space. In August 1982, she and her crew mates docled with the Salyut 7 space station. The crew of the Salyut 7 had been in orbit for months. They eagerly greeted Savitskaya and presented her an apron. Pointing to the galley they said, "Good! Now you can cook for us."
     
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    John Travolta is a qualified 747 First Officer flying for Quantas airlines. He was also the first non-test pilot to fly the Airbus380.
     
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    Major George Welch (USAF) was the first pilot to break the sound barrier. Welch was the chief test pilot of the F-86 and completed the flight at Muroc AFB, California on October 1st, 1949. He went supersonic a second time on October 14th, about thirty minutes before Chuck Yeager flew the X-1 through the sound barrier.
     
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    n Honor of the 40th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 11, the First Moon Landing, we humbly offer the following:

    The only watch worn on the Moon as an Omega.

    The Apollo 12 Lunar EVA checklists featured pictures from Playboy magazineSee check list here.

    The lives of Armstrong and Aldrin were saved when Aldrin used his pen to reset the Ascent Engine circuit breaker. It was a Fisher Model AG7E.

    Fisher Pens spent $2 million to develop a pen that would work in zero gravity. The Soviets used a pencil.See proof here.

    Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, the person who trained the Apollo astronauts in Lunar geology has his remains interned on the moon.

    The only person to have golfed on the Moon was Commander Allen Sheppard. He sliced a six iron.

     
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    Fact of the day - BumbleBee and F-117
    The Lockheed's F-117 aircraft of US Air Force uses the aerodynamics discovered during the research into how bumblebees fly.
    Interestingly, the F-117 is a 'ground attack' aircraft which renders its 'F' designation misleading.


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