War, What is it Good For?

September 13, 2005

Absolutely nothing. Here are some war facts.

  • The shortest war on record, between Britain and Zanzibar in 1896, lasted just 38 minutes.
  • Bock’s Car was the name of the B-29 Bomber that dropped the Atom Bomb on Nagasaki.
  • During the US Civil war, 200,000 blacks served in the Union Army; 38,000 gave their lives; 22 won the Medal of Honor.
  • In the Holocaust between 5.1 and 6 million of Europe’s 10 million Jews were killed. An additional 6 million ‘unwanted’ people were also executed, including more than half of Poland’s educated populace.
  • More than 20,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing in action in the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. This was the bloodiest one-day fight during the Civil War.
  • On August sixth, 1945, during World War Two, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing an estimated 140,000 people in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.
  • The Hundred Year War actually lasted 116 years (1337 to 1453).
  • The total number of Americans killed in the Civil War is greater than the combined total of Americans killed in all other wars.
  • The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
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