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   GO3  April 5 in military history:

1812 - British take Badajoz, Spain, from the French by storm
1861 - U.S. troops abandon Ft Quitman, Tx
1881 - Transvaal regains independence from Britain
1916 - Battle of El Hanna: Unsuccessful British attempt to break the Turkish siege of Kut
1939 - Germany: "Aryan" youth ordered to join the Hitlerjugend
1942 - Bataan: Japanese troops capture Mt. Samat
1942 - Ceylon: Japanese carrier aircraft attack Colombo, other towns, and shipping, inflict heavy damage, and sink British heavy cruisers Cornwall and Dorsetshire
1943 - Burma: British 6th Brigade HQ is overrun by advancing Japanese in the Arakan
1951 - Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death
1962 - NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600m altitude
1986 - Berlin: two US servicemen and a Turkish woman die in a terrorist bombing

1991 - Iraq: US begins relief air drops to Kurds in the north. Operation Provide Comfort was actually initiated by the British (Operation Haven ) and was quickly joined by the United States and other Coalition nations of the Gulf War. The mission started in April 1991 to defend Kurds fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War and to deliver humanitarian aid. It was spearheaded by 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines, with elements from the Army, Royal Air Force, and other coalition members. The ground mission within Iraq took 58 days to complete. Operation Provide Comfort/Haven officially ended shortly after that, but the enforcement of the No Fly Zone continued to ensure security in the region. Photo: USMC LAV-25 during Operation Provide Comfort.

   April 5 at 00:20 EST .

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