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Exosquad contains many allusions to historical events, particularly, the history of warfare, which an educated viewer can easily discover.

  • "Blitzkrieg" (episode 1.04 title) is a tactic invented by the Nazi Germany for the WW 2, which involved very rapid combined arms assaults (it literally means "lightning war"). This is just one of many allusions used in the show to liken Phaeton's regime to Adolf Hitler's rule.
  • "Scorched Venus" (episode 1.08 title) is a pun on "scorched earth", a military tactic of denying the enemy valuable resources by destroying ("scorching") them.
  • Sean Napier's words "One thing you can say for Phaeton, he makes the magnotrains run on time" in episode 2.06 ("Mindset") is a direct reference to the famous quote about Benito Mussolini.
  • Nick Tyree's one-word-answer "Nuts!" to Shiva in episode 2.21 ("No Surrender") is a reference to General Anthony McAuliffe's refusal to surrender after his 101st Airborne Division was surrounded by Germans during the Battle of Bastogne.
  • "The Lost Patrol" (episode 2.24 title) may be a reference to Flight 19 (lost in the Bermuda Triangle in 1945), seeing how it is the first episode where Terrans come in contact with alien technologies.
  • "The Art of War" (episode 2.33 title) is a reference and somewhat of a pun on the famous Big Book of War by Sun Tzu.
  • "One Small Step" (episode 2.34 title) is a reference to Neil Armstrong's first words during his very first EVA on the Moon. In context, it refers to the reconquest of the Moon but it is also symbolic, seeing how the Tranquility Base is featured prominently in the episode.
  • "Abandon Hope" (episode 2.38 title) is a reference to famous quote from Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Dante had it inscribed at the entrance of hell, Phaeton had it on his bunker. Guess what it makes Phaeton himself, then.
    • This was likely a deliberate effort on Phaeton's part; Another infamous quotation that any Neo-Sapiens would find significant is, "It is better to reign in Hell than it is to serve in Heaven."
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