On February 3, 1998, The tail of a U.S. marine tactical surveillance jet on a training mission severed a tram cable at a ski resort near Cavalese in northern Italy, sending 20 skiers nearly 300 feet to their deaths.
The Soviet special forces were issued ballistic knives, capable of being fired up to 16 feet at up to 39mph, due to knife-throwing training being considered overly time-consuming.
The United States Navy has 80 bottlenose dolphins that are highly trained and are currently being used to guard a facility that houses nuclear warheads.
Brazil tried to sell an aircraft carrier on eBay.
The U.S. has a symbol for most religions (or lack-thereof) for fallen soldiers.
Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was translated into Hebrew by Israeli combat pilots trying to pass the time while being imprisoned in Egypt, and their translation is considered the superior of two versions.
Allied forces parachuted mannequins called “Ruperts” to distract German forces from real D Day paratrooper drops.
More Australian SAS soldiers have died during training than during combat due to their training regime.
In WWII, Allied forces used the serial number information on German tanks to (correctly) extrapolate the Nazis rate of tank production.