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Military trivia & humour.


So you think you know your military history? Well, think again!

Each month we publish questions to test your knowledge as part of our "At Ease" feature, a collection of military trivia and humour. The answers to the quiz are tucked away on another page in this very issue.

Good luck! Your input is welcome! Please send your stumpers to Les Peate c/o this magazine.

1. What, according to General Bosquet, was "magnificent, but it isn't war"?

2. Mussolini had his Blackshirts, Hitler his Brownshirts, but whose followers were the "Redshirts"?

3. Which Canadian volunteer group was raised to oppose the "red shirts"?

4. What was the colourful nickname of the 93rd Highlanders?

5. When was first U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor first earned in Korea?


6. Captain Willy Coppens was the WWI top-scoring ace of which nation?

7. What is the dubious claim to fame of Lt. Selfridge of the U.S. Signal Corps?

8. Captain Charles Nungesser, the French WWI ace, had a well-known mistress. Who was she?

9. A 1903 novel, The Riddle of the Sands, caused great concern in England at the time. Why?


10. Which army had the first air corps?
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Title Annotation:AT EASE
Publication:Esprit de Corps
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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