This day in military history.. - Page 146

May 26th, 2011  
May 26
451 Battle of Avarayr
1736 Battle of Ackia, Miss.
1862 Valley Campaign: Union troops withdraw across the Potomoc just ahead of Jackson's troops arrival
1864 Fighting all along the New Hope Church-Dallas, Ga. line
1940 Evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk begins
1942 Battle of Bir Hakiem begins
May 27th, 2011  
May 27
927 Battle of the Bosnian Heights
1798 Battle of Oulart Hill, Ireland
1799 battle of Winterthur, Switzerland
1812 Battle of La Coronella
1813 US captures Ft. George, Canada
1860 Garibaldi attacks Palermo
1862 Battle of Hanover Courthouse, Va.
1863 Siege of Port Hudson: A day after completing siege preparations, Union troops launch an attack that is beaten back with heavy casulties. Gunboat CSS Chatahoochie is sunk by a boiler explosion on the Apalachicola River near Blountstown, Fla. She is later raised, repaired & put back into CSN service.
1864 Fighting continues along the New Hope Church-Dallas, Ga line. A Union attack @ Pickett's Mill is repulsed.
1905 naval Battle of Tsushima begins
1919 US Navy NC-4 finishes the 1st trans-Atlantic flight
1941 Bismarck sunk
1958 1st flight F-4 Phantom
May 29th, 2011  
May 28
585 B.C. Battle of the eclipse
1588 The Spanish Armada begins to sail for England, takes 3 days for all ships to leave
1754 Battle of Jumonville Glen, Pa
1905 naval Battle of Tsushima ends
1940 Belgium surrenders to the Germans. Allies recapture Narvik, Norway from the Germans
1982 Battle of Goose Green

May 29
363 Battle of Ctesiphan
1167 Battle of Monte Porzio
1176 Battle of Legano
1415 Constantinople, & the Byzentine Empire, falls to the Turks
1780 Battle of Waxhaws
1861 Union troops occupy Newport News, Va
1918 Battle of Sardarapat
1940 1st flight F4U Corsair
1945 1st combat mission B-32
May 30th, 2011  
May 30
1434 Battle of Lipany
1862 Confederates evacuate, & Union troops occupy, Corinth, Miss.
May 31st, 2011  
May 31
1223 Battle of Kalka River
1862 Battles of Fair Oaks & Seven Pines begins. Gen Joe Johnston, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, is wounded
1916 naval Battle of Jutland
June 2nd, 2011  
June 1
1204 King Philip of France takes Rouen
1215 Battle of Peking
1298 Battle of Turaida
1648 Battle of Maidstone
1679 Battle of Drumclog
1794 naval Battle of the glorious 1st of June
1813 HMS Shannon defeats USS Chesapeake. Mortaly wounded Capt Lawrence declares "Don't give up the ship". The ship was given up, but became a rally cry for the US.
1861 Battle of Fairfax Courthouse
1862 Battle of Fair Oaks ends. With the wounding of Gen Joe Johnston
R.E. Lee takes command of Richmond's defences, G W Smith takes command of the Army of Northern Virginia on the field
1918 Battle of Belleau Wood
1941 Germany captures Crete
June 2nd, 2011  
June 2
455 Vandals sack Rome
1295 1st Siege of Antioch ends
1676 naval Battle of Palermo
1763 Chippewas capture Ft. Michilimackinac
1864 fighting around Cold Harbor continues
1865 Gen. Kirby Smith surrenders all troops in the Trans-Mississippi Dept.
1866 Finian invasion of Canada: Finians win Battles of Ft. Erie & Ridgeway.
June 4th, 2011  
June 3rd

1940: In Norway, British and French forces (24,000 men) abandon Narvik, while the last Allied troops are evacuated from Dunkirk (in all, 218,226 British and 120,000 French).
1944: In Italy, German forces withdraw from Rome which has been declared an 'open city'.

1785 - Order to sell last ship remaining in Continental Navy, frigate Alliance. No other Navy were ships authorized until 1794.
1898 - Collier Merrimac sunk in channel leading to Santiago, Cuba in unsuccessful attempt to trap Spanish fleet. The crew was captured and later received the Medal of Honor.
1949 - Wesley A. Brown becomes the first African-American to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy.
1966 - Launch of Gemini 9, piloted by LCDR Eugene A. Cernan, USN. The mission included 45 orbits over 3 days. Recovery was by USS Wasp (CVS-18).


1942: Battle of Midway begins - The battle of Midway was the first decisive defeat inflicted on Japan by America in the Second World War. The battle shifted the balance of sea power in the Pacific towards the Allies and forced Japan to abandon plans for advances on New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa and delayed their offensive in New Guinea.
1944: Last major air combat by RAAF in the Second World War - South of Biak Isand 15 P-40Ns from 78 Squadron attacked 15 Japanese aircraft comprising 12 fighters and three dive bombers and succeeded in shooting down seven fighters and all of the dive bombers for the loss of one P-40 and pilot.source:

1940: The Luftwaffe bombs Paris. The Battle of Dunkirk ends with a German victory and with Allied forces in full retreat.
1969 - Melbourne-Evans collision: Off the coast of South Vietnam, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne cuts the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half.

1098: Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seize Antioch, Turkey
1861: Union troops defeat Confederate forces at Philippi, in western Virginia
1864: Some 7,000 Union troops are killed within 30 minutes during the Battle of Cold Harbor in Virginia.
1942: Japanese carrier-based planes strafe Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands as a diversion of the attack on Midway Island.

June 4th, 2011  
June 4th

1940: German troops enter Dunkirk, taking 40,000 French prisoners and huge quantities of abandoned British equipment: 84,000 vehicles, 2,500 guns and 650,000 tons of supplies and ammunition. French bombers carry out night raids on Munich and Frankfurt, with negligible results.
1941: Luftwaffe bombers carry out a night raid on the port of Alexandria in Egypt.
1942: Hitler flies to Finland to meet with the Finnish head of state, Marshal Mannerheim.
1943: In the East, Luftwaffe bombers attack the great tank-producing plants at Gorki.
1944: The US Fifth Army (Clark) enters Rome. U-505, patroling off Cape Blanco on the West African coast is forced to the surface by depth-charges from the US destroyer escort Chatelain, captured intact and towed to Bermuda by the escort carrier Guadalcanal.

1934 - USS Ranger, first ship designed from the keel up as a carrier, is commissioned at Norfolk, VA
1942 - Battle of Midway (4-6 June) begins; during battle, the 4 Japanese carriers which attacked Pearl Harbor are sunk; this decisive U.S. victory is a turning point in the Pacific war

1900: Six Mile Spruit - Victorians and West Australians heavily engaged at Six Mile Spruit.
1944: Allied troops enter Rome - The Italian campaign, aimed at exploiting the Allied victory in North Africa and distract German forces from France and the Eastern Front, became a lengthy war of attrition that was not brought to an end with the fall of Rome.

1742: Quebec Quebec - Le Canada launched; first French warship built in Canada sails for Rochefort, France.
1940: France - RAF's 242 'Canadian' Squadron posted to France. Dunkirk France - Dunkirk evacuation completed; Canadians recross Channel with only six men missing.

1615: The fortress at Osaka, Japan, falls to Shogun Leyasu after a six-month siege.
1794: British troops capture Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
1859: The French army, under Napoleon III, takes Magenta from the Austrian army.
1918: French and American troops halt Germany’s offensive at Chateau-Thierry, France.

June 8th, 2011  
June 7
1099 Siege of Jerusalem begins
1420 Vinice captures Udine
1863 Battle of Miliken's Bend, Miss. French troops capture Mexico City.
1880 Battle of Arica
1917 Battle of Missines
1942 Battle of Midway ends. Japanese occupy Attu & Kiska
1981 Israel bombs Iraqi nuclear reactor