This day in military history.. - Page 15

January 1st, 2006  
Jan 1st, 404 A.D the last battle of gladiators held in Rome
January 5th, 2006  

Topic: Some older history

January 4

1942: The Red Army captures Kaluga SW of Moscow.
1944: On the southern front in the Ukraine, Soviet forces cross the old Polish-Russian border in Volhynia.

1942: Japanese air attacks begin against Rabaul, New Britain - Rabaul possessed a number of airfields and one of the best natural harbours in the south-west Pacific. Its capture gave Japan a base from which to launch air attacks towards New Guinea and north-eastern Australia as well as a strong south-eastern corner to its defensive perimeter in the Pacific.

871 - Battle of Reading - Ethelred of Wessex fights, and is defeated by, a Danish invasion army.
1642 - English Civil War: King Charles I of England attacks Parliament.
1717 - The Netherlands, England and France sign the Triple Alliance.
1762 - England declares war on Spain and Naples.
1944 - World War II: The Battle of Monte Cassino begins.
1951 - Korean War: Chinese and North Korean forces capture Seoul.

1944: United States begins supplying guerrilla forces - U.S. aircraft begin dropping supplies to guerrilla forces throughout Western Europe. The action demonstrated that the U.S. believed guerrillas were a vital support to the formal armies of the Allies in their battle against the Axis powers.
1974: Thieu announces war has resumed - South Vietnamese troops report that 55 soldiers have been killed in two clashes with communist forces. Claiming that the war had "restarted," South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu asserted, "We cannot allow the communists a situation in which...they can launch harassing attacks against us," and ordered his forces to launch a counter-offensive to retake lost territory.
January 9th, 2006  

January 8

1942: On the Northern front in Russia, the Red Army begins an offensive near Lake Ilmen.
1943: General Rokossovsky, C-in-C of Don Front, issues a surrender ultimatum to the troops of 6.Armee, guaranteeing "their lives and safety, and after the end of the war return to Germany', and promising that "...medical aid will be given to all wounded, sick and frost-bitten..."

1916: Evacuation of Helles - British and French landings at Helles on 25 April 1915, had failed to secure their objectives, leading to a lengthy stalemate on the southern tip of the Gallipoli Penninsula.
1952:RAAF launch first meteor rocket attack against ground forces - Meteors proved unsuitable in air-to-air combat against the superior MIGs and were reassigned to ground attack duties.
1958:Last Australian servicemen return from Korea - At the end of hostilities in Korea the peninsula remained divided between North and South. The war has yet to officially end.

871 - Battle of Ashdown - Ethelred of Wessex defeats Danish invasion army.
1815 - War of 1812: In the Battle of New OrleansAndrew Jackson leads American forces in victory over the British.
1863 - Battle of Springfield of the American Civil War is fought.
1877 - Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the United States Cavalry (Montana).
1916 - World War I: Allied forces withdraw from Gallipoli.

1973: Peace talks resume in Paris - National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and Hanoi's Le Duc Tho resume peace negotiations in Paris.
January 14th, 2006  

Topic: Today is Friday the Thirteenth!!!!

January 13

1945: In the East, the Soviet 1st Belorussian Front (Zhukov) begins an offenive toward Pillkallen in East Prussia. German forces of Heeresgruppe E complete their withdrawal from Greece and Albania.

1900:Prieska, South Africa - New South Welshmen attacked at Prieska by Boers

1099 - Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria.
1847 - The Treaty of Cahuenga ends the Mexican-American War in California.
1958 - Moroccan Liberation Army ambushes Spanish patrol in the Battle of Edchera.

1776: British raid Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay - In the early morning hours, British forces raid Prudence Island, Rhode Island, in an effort to steal a large quantity of sheep. But, upon landing on the islandís southern beaches, the British were ambushed by fifteen Minutemen from Rhode Islandís Second Company led by Captain Joseph Knight, who had been tipped off to the Britsí plans and rowed across Narragansett Bay from Warwick Neck the previous morning.
1916: Battle of Wadi - In an attempt to relieve their compatriots under heavy siege by Turkish forces at Kut-al Amara in Mesopotamia, British forces under the command of Lieutenant General Fenton Aylmer launch an attack against Turkish defensive positions on the banks of the Wadi River.
1942: Allies promise prosecution of war criminals - Representatives of nine German-occupied countries meet in London to declare that all those found guilty of war crimes would be punished after the war ended. Among the signatories to the declaration were Polish Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski and French Gen. Charles de Gaulle. The core of the declaration was the promise of "the punishment, through the channels of organized justice, of those guilty of, or responsible for, these crimes, whether they have ordered them, perpetrated them, or participated in them."
1962: First Operation Farm Gate missions flown - In the first Farm Gate combat missions, T-28 fighter-bombers are flown in support of a South Vietnamese outpost under Viet Cong attack.
1972: Nixon announces additional withdrawals - President Nixon announces that 70,000 U.S. troops will leave South Vietnam over the next three months, reducing U.S. troop strength there by May 1 to 69,000.
January 14th, 2006  
You never tire, do you?

I'll try to join in some more here myself from now on...
January 14th, 2006  
Originally Posted by phoenix80
Jan 1st, 404 A.D the last battle of gladiators held in Rome
wow, thats really interesting... caught my eyes..

and yeah, tomtom never gives up..heh, nothing better to do eh? yep, the good ol retired life.. how peaceful 8)
January 15th, 2006  

Topic: A busy day for WW II

January 14

1942: At the so called Arcadia Conerence held in Washington, President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill agree to concentrate the Allied war effort on the European theater.
1943: Beginning of the Casablanca Conference in Morocco with Rooseelt and Churchill and the Allied joint staff along with the Combined Chiefs of Staff, to discuss strategy and study the next phase of the war. This meeting marked the first time an American president left American soil during wartime. Participants also included leaders of the French government-in-exile, Gen. Charles de Gaulle and Gen. Henri Giraud, who were assured of a postwar united France.
1944: South of Leningrad, the Red Army begins an offensive against the lines of Heeresgruppe Nord (von Küchler) at Narva
1945: The Soviet 2nd Belorussian Front (Rokossovsky) begins an offensive from its Narev bridgehead against Elbing in East Prussia.

1942:Gemas, Malaya - 8th Division inflicts heavy casualties on Japanese in an ambush at Gemas in the first Australian contact with Japanese troops of the Second World War.

1784: Continental Congress ratifies the Second Treaty of Paris, ending the War for Independence.
1915: South African troops occupy Swakopmund in German Southwest Africa - As part of an attempt to display its loyalty to the British empire and, perhaps more importantly, enlarge its own sphere of influence on the African continent, South Africa sends troops to occupy Swakopmund, a seaside town in German-occupied Southwest Africa (modern-day Namibia).
1942: Anglo-American Combined Chiefs of Staff established - United States and Great Britain agree to have the British Chiefs of Staff and the U.S. Joint Chiefs work together, either through meetings or representatives, to advise the leaders of both nations on military policy during the war.
1964: Westmoreland appointed as Harkins' deputy - Lt. Gen. William Westmoreland is appointed deputy to Gen. Paul Harkins, chief of U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV). It was generally accepted that Westmoreland would soon replace Harkins, whose insistently optimistic views on the progress of the war had increasingly come under criticism.
1968: Operation Niagara launched - U.S. joint-service Operation Niagara is launched to support the U.S. Marine base at Khe Sanh.
1980: United Nations vote "deplores" Soviet intervention in Afghanistan - In a crushing diplomatic rebuke to the Soviet Union, the U.N. General Assembly votes 104 to 18 to "deplore" the Russian intervention in Afghanistan.

January 15th, 2006  

Topic: Not much action

January 15

1942: Heeresgruppe Mitte (von Kluge) evacuates the Kaluga sector and takes up winter positions 20 m further West.
1943: On the Northern front in Russia, the Red Army captures Velikije Luki in the Valdai Hills.
1944: In Italy, French troops under General Juin capture Monte Santa Croce.
1945: In its drive toward the Oder river, the Red Army captures Kielce in western Poland.

1944:Sio - The capture of Sio by the 9th Australian Division represented the final destruction of the Japanese 20th Division in the protracted Huon Peninsula campaign of 1943-1944.

1777 - American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence.
1943 - World War II: Japanese driven off Guadalcanal.
1973 - Vietnam War: Citing progress in peace negotiations, President of the United StatesRichard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action in North Vietnam.

1865 Fort Fisher falls - Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to Union forces, and Wilmington, the Confederacy's most important blockade-running port, is closed.

January 16th, 2006  
Jan 16th

I have a piece on this special day in the Iranian history
January 18th, 2006  

Topic: Lots of action

January 17

1942: The British 8th Army (Auchinlech) captures ollum in Cyrenaica.
1945: The Red Army captures Czenstochova, while German forces evacuate Warsaw. The German defenders of encircled Budapest withdraw to Buda on the western bank of the Danube.
1917:No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps sail for France -No. 4 Squadron was the final Australian Flying Corps squadron formed in the First World War. Its pilots flew Sopwith Camels over the Western Front beginning their active service in the battle of Cambrai.
1991:Coalition air attacks begin against Iraqi forces in Iraq and Kuwait. - The first day of the Gulf War which ended when Iraqi forces were driven from Kuwait.

1781: Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina - Relying upon strategic creativity, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan and a mixed Patriot force rout British Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton and a group of Redcoats and Loyalists at the Battle of Cowpens.
1865: General William T. Sherman's army is rained in at Savannah, Georgia, as it waits to begin marching into the Carolinas. In the fall of 1864, Sherman and his army marched across Georgia and destroyed nearly everything in their path. Sherman reasoned that the war would end sooner if the conflict were taken to the civilian South, a view shared by President Lincoln and General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant.
1916: Winston Churchill, beginning his service as a battalion commander on the Western Front, attends a lecture on the Battle of Loos given by his friend, Colonel Tom Holland, in the Belgian town of Hazebrouck. The Battle of Loos, which took place in September 1915, resulted in devastating casualties for the Allies and was taken by the British as a sign of the need to change their conduct of the war. In one major consequence, Sir John French was replaced by Sir Douglas Haig as British commander in the wake of that battle.
1945: Soviets capture Warsaw - Soviet troops liberate the Polish capital from German occupation. Warsaw was a battleground since the opening day of fighting in the European theater. Germany declared war by launching an air raid on September 1, 1939, and followed up with a siege that killed tens of thousands of Polish civilians and wreaked havoc on historic monuments. Deprived of electricity, water, and food, and with 25 percent of the city's homes destroyed, Warsaw surrendered to the Germans on September 27.
1971: South Vietnamese forces raid POW camp - Led by South Vietnamese Lt. Gen. Do Cao Tri, and with U.S. air support and advisers, some 300 paratroopers raid a communist prisoner of war camp near the town of Mimot in Cambodia on information that 20 U.S. prisoners were being held there. They found the camp empty, but captured 30 enemy soldiers and sustained no casualties.
1972: President Richard Nixon warns South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu in a private letter that his refusal to sign any negotiated peace agreement would render it impossible for the United States to continue assistance to South Vietnam.

1746 - Charles Edward Stuart, "Bonnie Prince Charlie", defeats a Hanoverian army at Falkirk in his ultimately unsuccessful campaign to recover the throne for the Jacobite dynasty.
1885 - A British force defeats a large Dervish army at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan.
1941 - Kuomintang forces under the order of Chiang Kai-Shek opened fire at communist force, Chinese Civil War resumes after WWII.(This event is known as 皖南事变).
1945 - The Nazis begin the evacuation of the Auschwitz concentration camp as Soviet forces close in.
1991 - Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm began early in the morning. Iraq fires 8 Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.