This day in military history..

MightyMacbeth said:
yeah and.... :?

Would you say that all of those qualifies as military historical events? ;)

It's great to see that others have started to post in here as well.
I was a bit busy yesterday so I didn't have time to update the thread, but I'll be back again later today.. :)
October 29

October 29, 1940: British and Commonwealth forces land on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean. source:

1944 - Breda in the Netherlands is liberated by 1st Polish Armoured Division source:

29 - 30 October 1950 Australians reach Chongju
Australian troops of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, reach Chongju, the most northerly point of their advance into North Korea. In two days fierce fighting against determined North Korean opposition the Australians clear Chongju and the surrounding ridges. source:
Back again... :D

Here we go:

539 BC.
Babylon falls to Cyrus the Great of Persia


Byzantine troops occupy Antioch Syria

Emperor disposes of Bishop Cadalus & Pope Honorius II

1618 Sir Walter Raleigh is executed in LondonSir Walter Raleigh, English adventurer, writer, and favorite courtier of Queen Elizabeth I, is beheaded in London, under a sentence brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I.

Battle of Wauhatchie (Brown's Ferry) concludes

16,000 Jews killed in Pinsk Russia

The British protest against the persecution of Jews

Israel's army attacked Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula in a fight for control of the Suez Canal area.

Soviets 1st scheduled shuttle launch (postponed)

John Glenn returns to space

1270 - The Eighth Crusade and siege of Tunis end by an agreement between Charles I of Sicily (brother to King Louis IX of France, who had died months earlier) and the sultan of Tunis.
1340 - Battle of Rio Salado
1470 - Henry VI of England returns to the throne after Earl of Warwick defeats Yorkists in battle.
1864 - Second war of Schleswig ends: Duke Frederick and the Danish Crown recognize Prussia's and Austria's annexation of Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg.
1918 - The Ottoman Empire signs an armistice with the Allies, ending the First World War in the Middle East
1941 - World War II: Franklin Delano Roosevelt approves US$1 billion in Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union.
1965 - Vietnam War: Just miles from Da Nang, United States Marines repel an intense attack by wave after wave of Viet Cong forces, killing 56 guerrillas. Among the dead, a sketch of Marine positions was found on the body of a 13-year-old Vietnamese boy who sold drinks to the Marines the day before.
1970 - In Vietnam, the worst monsoon to hit the area in six years causes large floods, kills 293, leaves 200,000 homeless and virtually halts the Vietnam War.
1980 - El Salvador and Honduras sign a peace treaty to put the border dispute fought over in 1969's Football War before the International Court of Justice.

October 30, 1944: In Hungary, the Red Army begins an offensive aimed at the capital, Budapest.
:twisted: October 31 :twisted:

Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) becomes premier of Italy

Deadline for Warsaw Jews to move into the Warsaw Ghetto

1st thermonuclear bomb detonated - Marshall Islands

Britain & France begin to bomb Egypt to reopen the Suez Canal

The body of Joseph Stalin was removed from public display (in Stalin’s Tomb). The longtime dictator of the former Soviet Union was reburied in a simple grave. This incident was the beginning of the USSR’s ‘destalinization’ policy.

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered an end to American bombing in North Vietnam.

Saigon begins the release of 1,938 Hanoi POW’s.
October 31

1861 - American Civil War: Citing failing health, Union General Winfield Scott resigns as Commander of the United States Army.

1863 - The Maori Wars resumed as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron began their Invasion of the Waikato.

1917 - World War I: Battle of Beersheba - "last successful cavalry charge in history"

1940 - World War II: Battle of Britain ends - The United Kingdom prevents Germany from invading Great Britain.

1941: In the north Atlantic, the US destroyer Reuben James escorting Convoy HX-156 is sunk by U-552 (Kapitänleutnant Erich Topp) with the loss of 100 of her crew. The destroyer is the first US naval casualty in the hitherto undeclared war between Germany and the United States that existed after President Roosevelt authorized the use of American naval vessels to escort Lend-Lease convoys bound for Britain.

1944: On the orders of Prime Minister Churchill, British troops occupy Saloniki in Greece to assist the new government in its efforts to prevent a takeover by Communist insurgents in the wake of the recent withdrawal of German troops from the country.
November 1

Vietnam War: (1964) Viet Cong raiders infiltrated the U.S. air base at Bien Hoa, 12 miles north of Saigon, and launched a heavy mortar attack that caught the U.S. and South Vietnamese off guard.

World War II: (1941) President Roosevelt announces that the U.S. Coast Guard will now be under the direction of the U.S. Navy, a transition of authority usually reserved only for wartime.

Cold War: (1952) The United States detonates the world's first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific. The test gave the United States a short-lived advantage in the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union.

Civil War: (1861) President Lincoln names George Brinton McClellan general in chief of the Union armies, replacing the aged and infirm Winfield Scott. In just six months, McClellan had gone from commander of the Ohio volunteers to the head of the Union army.
Hm, been a bit too busy the last couple of days (again),
but I've got a few minutes to spare now so here's todays history "events".. :)

November 3

Spain acquires Louisiana

Washington orders the Continental Army disbanded

1st opium war-2 British frigates engage several Chinese junks


Influenced by Philippe-Jean Bunau-Varilla and U.S. interests, a revolutionary junta proclaimed Panamanian independence from Colombia.

The order is given: Bomb Pearl Harbor
On this day in 1941, the Combine Japanese Fleet receive Top-Secret Order No. 1: In 34 days time, Pearl Harbor is to be bombed, along with Mayala, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines.

USSR launches Sputnik 2 with a dog (Laika), 1st animal in orbit

Battle of Dak To begins
In some of the heaviest fighting seen in the Central Highlands area, heavy casualties are sustained by both sides in bloody battles around Dak To, about 280 miles north of Saigon near the Cambodian border.

63 Americans taken hostage at US Embassy (Teheran, Iran)
Well here we are on the 4th November this time 49 years ago I was bobbing around in the Mediterranean sea on a landing craft waiting to invade the Suez Canal on the 5th of November which is only now a few hours away. Now tomorrow I will be opening the garden of Remembrance in our local town at the start of the Remembrance Period which will finish over here 13 th November


I went to see the soldiers, row on row on row,
And wondered about each so still, their badges all on show.
What brought them here, what life before
Was like for each of them?
What made them angry, laugh, or cry,
These soldiers, boys and men.
Some so young, some older still, a bond more close than brothers
These men have earned and shared a love, that's not like any others
They trained as one, they fought as one
They shared their last together
That bond endures, that love is true
And will be, now and ever.

I could not know, how could I guess, what choices each had made,
Of how they came to soldiering, what part each one had played?
But here they are and here they'll stay,
Each one silent and in place,
Their headstones line up row on row
They guard this hallowed place.

Kenny Martin
Some personal "today in history" experiences, very good LeEnfield!
I would love to hear more about that (if you don't mind sharing??)

Here's some more for today:


Spanish defeat Walloons & take Antwerp Belgium

In what became known as St. Clair's Defeat, U.S. General Arthur St. Clair was beaten by the British-supported Northwest Indian Confederation.

Gatling gun patented (Richard J Gatling)

Battle of Johnsonville, Tennessee

Soviets crush Hungarian revolt

Israel captures Straits of Tiran from Egypt

Israeli troops reach Suez Canal

2nd Soviet Earth-satellite launched

The hostage crisis in Iran began as the U.S. embassy in Tehran was seized by Iranian militants in a move sanctioned by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Yitzhak Rabin assassinated
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, corecipient with Shimon Peres and Yasir 'Arafat of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1994, was assassinated this day in 1995 by a Jewish extremist while attending a peace rally.
5 th November 1956

Well we had arrived at Port Said by landing craft on the morning of the 6th November,
It quickly became apparent to the rank and file that no one was sure just what we should be doing. We were moved some distance along the beach to some beach huts where we made our base camp. Now these beach huts must have been grand places in their time and built for the Victorians and Edwardians to escape the worst of the Egyptian heat, there were lavish bedrooms, kitchens and dining rooms, and you could still see the faded glory from those days lingering in the buildings. Well during the day we did some patrol work which I wont go in to on this story, but come the evening we went to settle down in the beach huts, but gave that up as a bad job as the thin planks of wood were letting bullets in like you would not believe and for safety sake we abandoned them for the sake of a slit trench. Well about 22.00 hours some lorries were passing through our lines when a 105 mm shell hit one of them.
The lorry a brand new Bedford did not explode but caught on fire. The driver who was fairly a very young national serviceman was terrified of getting into trouble and was try putting out the fire with a hand pump Pyreen fire extinguisher, and was standing amongst the flames pumping away why we stood around the lorry cheering him on. After a few minutes the flames were spreading fast and some bright spark asked the chap what he had on the lorry, the driver proudly announced that he was carrying ammunition. Well we pulled the driver of the back of the lorry and headed for the slit trenches and no sooner had we arrived the whole lot went up. Well emerged some minutes later rather sheepishly and relieved once a head count had been done that we were all in one piece. Now we had another problem the ammunition had set fire to a couple of the beach huts and the whole area was lit like day and the Egyptians shells started popping of at fairly regular intervals as we were such a good target. Our officer thought we should put out the fires, which we agreed, the question was how. The sea was near by but we nothing to carry that amount of water in so, some bright spark suggested that if we got a number of us standing around one of the burning buildings and if we all had a hand grenade and on the count of three we would all pull the pins out at same time and throw them in to the building it might just bring it down then we could shovel sand on it and put the fire out. Well he thought about for a minute then agreed. Well dozens of grinning Para’s arrived with their grenades and on the count of three, a dozens were thrown at the building. There was a clatter glass as some went in, but there was some loud thumps as some of them hit the building or wood work and came bouncing back, when I looked at my feet there was a smoking grenade. Well we took of for trenches again but this time we made for the closest one. Those that got there first were squashed by the late comers who dived in on top of them, those that got there last dived for the trench and found that they were a couple of feet in the air as the trenches were that full. Well after a number bangs we got up and checked and again we had all survived. The beach huts were still standing but with some big holes in them that allowed the air to get in and the fires to burn brighter than ever. The officer went of muttering that we were all trying to kill him one way or another and if he could remember who suggested such a daft thing he would shoot the silly sod. So that night we slept in the trenches safe, sound and very warm.
The beach huts

November 05

FDR Re-Elected President

1940 On this day in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is re-elected for an unprecedented third term as president of the United States. Roosevelt was elected to a third term with the promise of maintaining American neutrality as far as foreign wars were concerned: "Let no man or woman thoughtlessly or falsely talk of American people sending its armies to European fields".
Thank you very much for your story LeEnfield. :)

Here are a few more historical events from 5 November:

Mughal victory assures Akbar's ascension

Early in the morning, King James I of England learns that a plot to explode the Parliament building has been foiled, hours before he was scheduled to sit with the rest of the British government in a general parliamentary session

Italy attacks Turkey, takes Tipoli & Cyrenaica

France and Britain declared war on Turkey, widening the conflict of World War I.

Gen Pershing & US troops see action on Western Front for 1st time