About This day in military history.. Page 11
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1939 First official RAAF operation of World War Two - A Sunderland aircraft of No. 10 Squadron RAAF, flew on the first official RAAF operation of the Second World War. This was the beginning of six years of war for 10 Squadron, which flew as part of RAF Coastal Command continuously against U-boats in the battle of the Atlantic.
1950 Evacuation of Chinnampo, Korea - HMA Ships Bataan and Warramunga took part in evacuating Chinnampo, which involved operating in the very shallow waters of the Taedong River estuary at night.
1934 - Abyssinia Crisis: Italian troops attack Wal Wal in Abyssinia, taking four days to capture the city.
1964 - Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain
Roger Donlon of Saugerties, New York is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.
1941: Start of a Soviet counter-offensive in the area of Kalinin NW of Moscow.
1915 Siege of British-occupied Kut, Mesopotamia begins -
Turkish and German forces launch an attack on the British-occupied town of Kut al-Amara on the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq.
1941 American carrier Lexington heads to Midway the Lexington, one of the two largest aircraft carriers employed by the United States during World War II, makes its way across the Pacific in order to carry a squadron of dive bombers to defend Midway Island from an anticipated Japanese attack.
"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle." - Norman Schwarskopf, Commander of Desert Storm Operations
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1240 - Mongol invasion of Rus: Kief under Danylo of Halych and Voivode Dmytro falls to the Mongols under Batu Khan.
1921 - The Anglo-Irish Treaty is signed in London by British and Irish representatives
1922 - One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty the Irish Free State comes into existence.
1951 HMAS Sydney begins its second patrol off Korea - Sydney's aircraft were used to protect South Korean-held islands on Korea's north-west coast. source: http://www.awm.gov.au/atwar/thismonth/index.asp
1941: Three Soviet armies, including some 18 divisions from the Russian Far East, with 1,700 tanks and 1,500 aircraft, begin a massive counter-offensive to throw back and destroy the German forces of Heeresgruppe Mitte (von Bock) before Moscow. source: http://www.feldgrau.com/december.html
1917 Munitions ship explodes in Halifax - At 9:05 a.m., in the harbor of Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, the most devastating manmade explosion in the pre-atomic age occurs when the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, explodes 20 minutes after colliding with another vessel.
1972 Fighting continues in South Vietnam while negotiators talk in Paris - Fighting in South Vietnam intensifies as the secret Paris peace talks resume after a 24-hour break. The renewed combat was a result of both sides trying to achieve a positional advantage in the countryside in preparation for the possibility that a cease-fire might be worked out in Paris.
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I know this is non-military but I thought people may like to know
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A day that will live in infamy.... info
1915: Evacuation of ANZAC begins - Though the Gallipoli campaign had failed British empire forces at least planned and executed the evacuation without loss.
1941: At 7:55 Honolulu time, 384 Japanese Navy bombers and torpedo bombers taking off from three aircraft carriers launch a surprise attack against the US Pacific Fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, sinking or seriously damaging 18 major warships, including the battleships Arizona, Nevada and Virginia, and destroying on the ground 180 USAAF aircraft. American casualties amount to 2,403 killed and 1,178 wounded; Japanese losses are 29 aircraft (59 airmen) and five mini-submarines. In Libya, Panzerarmee Afrika completes its withdrawal to the Gazala line.
1815 - Michel Ney, Marshal of France, is executed by firing squad, after having been convicted of treason for his support of Napoleon Bonaparte.
1917 - World War I: The United States declares war on Austria-Hungary.
1949 - Chinese Civil War: The government of the Republic of China moves from Nanking to Taipei.
1862 - Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas: Northwestern Arkansas and Southwestern Missouri is secured for the Union when a force commanded by General James G. Blunt holds off a force of Confederates under General Thomas Hindman.
1964 - Situation deteriorates in South Vietnam: The situation worsens in South Vietnam, as the Viet Cong attack and capture the district headquarters at An Lao and much of the surrounding valley 300 miles northeast of Saigon. South Vietnamese troops regained control only after reinforcements were airlifted into the area by U.S. helicopters. During the course of the action, two U.S. advisors were killed. There were over 300 South Vietnamese casualties and as many as 7,000 villagers were temporarily forced to abandon their homes.
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1914 - World War I: Battle of the Falkland Islands - The Kaiserliche Marine under the command of Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee is engaged by the Royal Navy.
1941 - World War II: Pacific War - After the Japaneseattack on Pearl Harbour the U.S. Congress passes a declaration of war against Japan.
1941 - World War II: Pacific War - China officially declares war against Japan, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
1941 - World War II: Battle of Hong Kong - The Japanese invade the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong less than 8 hours after the attack on Pearl Harbour.
1941 - Holocaust: Gas vans are first used as a means of execution, at the Chelmno concentration camp near Lodz in Poland.
1949 - Chinese Civil War: The capital of the Republic of China is moved from Nanjing to Taipei, Taiwan.
1939: The Fascist Grand Council confirms the Axis alliance, but votes to remain out of the conflict.
1940: The House of Commons and the Tower of London are hit in a heavy Luftwaffe night raid. The 5,000 ton German ship Idarwald is intercepted off Cuba by HMS Diomede. She is at once scuttled by her crew and sunk.
1941:The Unites States and Great Britain declare war on the Empire of Japan. The Soviet offensive against Heeresgruppe Mitte before Moscow succeeds in breaking through the German lines in many places, causing hasty withdrawals by ill-prepared and frost-bitten troops that are forced to abandon much heavy equipment immobilized by the below-zero weather. In Cyrenaica, British forces of the 8th Army (Wavell) succeed in lifting the German siege of Tobruk.
1942: German troops occupy the port of Bizerte in Tunisia.
1944: In Hungary, the Red Army begins an offensive toward Budapest. In the West, German troops evacuate Jülich on the Roer river.
1941: Japan invades Malaya and Thailand - This attack (which occurred virtually simultaneously with the attack on Pearl Harbor) would lead within three months to the loss of Malaya and Singapore.
1941: Australia at war with Japan - Australia announces that it is at war with Japan. Some 17,000 Australians would die in the three-and-a-half-year war against Japan, 8,000 as prisoners of war.
1969: Nixon declares Vietnam War is ending - At a news conference, President Richard Nixon says that the Vietnam War is coming to a "conclusion as a result of the plan that we have instituted." Nixon had announced at a conference in Midway in June that the United States would be following a new program he termed "Vietnamization."
1966: North Vietnam rejects Johnson's prisoner exchange proposal - The International Red Cross announces in Geneva that North Vietnam has rejected a proposal by President Johnson for a resolution of the prisoner of war situation. He had proposed a joint discussion of fair treatment and possible exchange of war captives held by both sides.
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