When a man asked Xerxes to exempt his eldest son from serving in the army, he had the young man cut in half and ordered his army to march between his two parts.
There was a small group of Korean soldiers during World War II who were captured and forced into the Japanese army, then captured and forced into the Soviet army, then captured and forced into the Nazi German army, and ended up fighting in the Invasion of Normandy where they were captured once again by American forces.
In 1788, the Austrian army accidentally attacked itself and lost 10,000 men.
Costa Rica has no army, it abolished it in 1949.
A war cry used by the Finnish Army during WW2 was “Tulta munille!” which roughly translates to “Fire at their balls!”
The first female American soldier was Deborah Sampson, who enlisted using her dead brother’s name to fight in the Revolutionary War where she was wounded; she cut a musket ball out of her own leg to avoid doctors finding out she was a woman.
An elite German military Guards battalion is growing boobs because of the way they drill — and only on their left sides. The Wachbataillon unit performs precision military drills at official ceremonial functions. Many of their drills involve smacking their rifles against the left side of the soldiers’ chests. And all that pounding on the same spot has stimulated the production of hormones that cause man boobs to grow.
The US Army secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the ocean, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets.
Women were allowed to enter combat roles in the Israel. They performed at a level equal to men but the program was still abolished for two reasons: Islamist fighters refused to surrender to women, and the men in the unit would lose all combat discipline when a woman was injured.
During the frenzied Evacuation of Saigon by American Troops in 1975, one Marine drove a bread truck full of prostitutes to an airstrip in town and put them on a C-141. He said they were all personal friends, and signed as responsible for them.
The Russian army didn’t have socks for 300 years, instead they used footwraps but they are going to introduce socks in 2013.
Non-lubricated condoms are distributed among the armed forces not just for safe sex, but as an emergency water canteen. A non-lubricated condom is part of the United States Military Standard Issue Parachute Pack Survival Kit (SRU-16) and can carry a liter of water.
The Swiss Guard, known now as the guys in the silly costumes that stand around the Vatican holding spears, once stood against an army as it sacked Rome. 189 Guard stood against 20,000 invaders at the Vatican long enough for Pope Clement VII to escape the city.
The United States Marine Corps tested the usefulness of ordinary skateboards in urban combat.