About This day in military history..
|October 23rd, 2005||#1|
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This day in military history.. info
Everyone's invited to continue this thread.
Here's a couple of sources you can use:
1864, Civil War:
Battle of Westport, Missouri
Confederate GEN Sterling Price was defeated at the Battle of Westport, MO, ending Civil War fighting west of the Mississippi River.
1941 Soviets switch commanders in drive to halt Germans
1942: The British, led by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, launched a successful infantry attack against the Germans at El-Alamein, Egypt, during World War II.
1944: During World War II, U.S. forces under the leadership of Admiral William F. Halsey, Jr., commenced a decisive air and sea battle against the Japanese on the central Philippine island of Leyte.
1965, Vietnam War:
1st Cavalry Division launches Operation Silver Bayonet
|October 23rd, 2005||#2|
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Lets us all give a salute right now infront of the screen to honor those people. Beginning with Marcus Brutus and ending with the other dead me..
*salutes (( FOR REAL))
~when a man does his best, what else is there? Gen.George S.Patton
|October 23rd, 2005||#3|
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Very good initiative RedLeg - I throw in a very important piece of European history to fullfill the day
Per Qualitatem Optimum Robur
|October 23rd, 2005||#5|
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Great Idea. Here is another good source:
The Italo-Turkish war saw numerous technological advances used in warfare; notably the aeroplane. On October 23, 1911, an Italian pilot flew over Turkish lines on a reconnaissance mission, and in 1912, the first ever bomb dropped from the air landed on Turkish troops in Libya.
"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
|October 24th, 2005||#6|
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Big day today, at least for some..
More than 600,000 Italians surrendered or retreated at the Battle of Caporetto during World War I.
Benito Mussolini summoned a “March on Rome” and subsequently became dictator of Italy.
Vidkun Abraham Lauritz Jonssøn Quisling (Norwegian traitor ) was tried for high treason and executed by firing squad (just a few meters away from my office by the way)
Soviet troops invade Hungary
Yom Kippur War ends, Israel 65 miles from Cairo, 26 from Damascus
|October 25th, 2005||#8|
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October 25 (It's snowing here by the way.. )
The armies of the Second Crusade (1147-49) were destroyed by the Saracens at Dorylaeum (in modern Turkey). The Crusaders went on with fruitless campaigns against Damascus, Syria.
1415 The battle of Agincourt
During the Hundred Years' War between England and France, Henry V, the young king of England, leads his forces to victory at the Battle of Agincourt in northern France.
Two months before, Henry had crossed the English Channel with 11,000 men and laid siege to Harfleur in Normandy. After five weeks the town surrendered, but Henry lost half his men to disease and battle casualties. He decided to march his army northeast to Calais, where he would meet the English fleet and return to England. At Agincourt, however, a vast French army of 20,000 men stood in his path, greatly outnumbering the exhausted English archers, knights, and men-at-arms.
US frigate United States captures British vessel Macedonian
1854 the Charge of the Light Brigade
In an event alternately described as one of the most heroic or disastrous episodes in British military history, Lord James Cardigan leads a charge of the Light Brigade cavalry against well-defended Russian artillery during the Crimean War. The British were winning the Battle of Balaclava when Cardigan received his order to attack the Russians. His cavalry gallantly charged down the valley and were decimated by the heavy Russian guns, suffering 40 percent casualties. It was later revealed that the order was the result of confusion and was not given intentionally. Lord Cardigan, who survived the battle, was hailed as a national hero in Britain.
1861 Keel of the Monitor laid
Signaling an important shift in the history of naval warfare, the keel of the Union ironclad Monitor is laid at Greenpoint, Long Island.
Union Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles appointed an Ironclad Board when he heard rumors that the Confederates were trying to build an iron-hulled ship-an ironclad ship could wreck havoc on the Union's wooden armada. In September 1861, the board granted approval for engineer John Ericsson, a native of Sweden, to begin constructing the U.S. Navy's first ironclad.
Germany and Italy established the Rome-Berlin Axis.
1944 First kamikaze attack of the war begins
On this day in 1944, during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf, the Japanese deploy kamikaze ("divine wind") suicide bombers against American warships for the first time. It will prove costly--to both sides.
This decision to employ suicide bombers against the American fleet at Leyte, an island of the Philippines, was based on the failure of conventional naval and aerial engagements to stop the American offensive. Declared Japanese naval Capt. Motoharu Okamura: "I firmly believe that the only way to swing the war in our favor is to resort to crash-dive attacks with our planes.... There will be more than enough volunteers for this chance to save our country."
Japanese surrender Taiwan to Gen Chiang Kai-shek
China entered the Korean War on the side of North Korea against the United States and South Korea.
Peace talks aimed at ending Korean War resumed in Panmunjom
Stevenson demands USSR ambasadeur Zorin answer regarding Cuban missile bases saying "I am prepared to wait for my answer until hell freezes over"
Nixon suspends bombing of North Vietnam
The U.S. military, under President Ronald Reagan, invaded the tiny island country of Grenada.
|October 26th, 2005||#10|
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When General Paul Barras resigns his commission as head of France's Army of the Interior to become head of the Directory, his second-in-command becomes the army's commander-Napoleon Bonaparte.
Worldwide Red Cross organized in Geneva
"Bloody Bill" Anderson killed
The (famous) Shootout at the OK corral, in Tombstone, Az
Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc Holliday fought against Billy Claiborne, Frank McLaury, Tom McLaury, Billy Clanton, and Ike Clanton.
Both McLaurys and Billy Clanton were killed.
Norway signs a treaty of separation with Sweden. Norway chooses Prince Charles of Denmark as the new king; he becomes King Haakon VII.
US ship Hornet sunk in Battle of Santa Cruz Islands during WW II
Battle of Leyte Gulf ends
Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims Vietnam a republic with himself as president
USSR fires defense minister, Marshal Georgi Zhukov
Soyuz 3 launched
UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam
5th & final test of space shuttle Enterprise