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   GO3  April 12 in military history:

238 - Battle of Carthage: Forces loyal to the Emperor Maximinius Thrax defeat those of the Gordiani
1204 - Fourth Crusaders capture Constantinople, amid great slaughter
1706 - The new United Kingdom of Great Britain adopts the "Union" flag
1796 - Battle of Montenotte: Bonaparte's French defeat the Austrians
1864 - Fort Pillow Massacre: Nathan Bedford Forrest's men slaughter black troops
1916 - Battle of Hacienda Santa Cruz de la Villegas: Maj. Charles Young, senior black officer in the U.S. Army, leads a squadron of the 10th Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers ) to rescue the 13th Cav, besieged by the Mexicans
1935 - Germany prohibits publishing of "non-Aryan" writers
1943 - Allies capture Soussa, Tunisia; German occupiers seize the Catholic University at Nijmegen, the Netherlands; New Guinea: Japanese aircraft raid Port Moresby
1944 - British airlift a West African Chindit brigade into central Burma.
1945 - Okinawa: 150 kamikaze attack the Allied fleet, sinking one destroyer.

1945 - Senior U.S. commanders visit the Ohrduf Concentration Camp; Ike and Bradley are stunned, Patton vomits. Ohrdruf was a Nazi forced labor and concentration camp located near Ohrdruf, south of Gotha, in Thuringia, Germany. It was part of the Buchenwald concentration camp network and the first Nazi concentration camp liberated by U.S. troops. Through March 1945 the total number sent there was around 20,000, mainly Russians, Poles, Hungarian Jews, some French, Czechs, Italians, Belgians, Greeks, Yugoslavians and Germans. Conditions were atrocious: In the huts there were no beds, "only blood-covered straw and lice". Photo: Ike, Bradley, Patton and other senior leaders at Ohrduf Concentration Camp.

1961 - The first manned orbital mission: Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin, in Vostok 1
1966 - First B-52 raids on North Vietnam
1993 - Bosnia: USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71 ) and& NATO a/c initiate no-fly zone

   April 12 at 01:31 EST .

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   GO3  In case anyone is interested in names to match the faces, here are a few who jump out in the front row. Ike third from left with his typical hands in pockets stance and the round service hat; to his immediate left is Bradley; to your far right is Patton wearing his cav boots and riding britches with one of his ivory handled revolvers visible. I think the man on your far left (second to Ike's right ) is Maj. Gen. Walton "Bulldog" Walker who commanded XX Corps. Don't quote me on the Walker citation, though.
April 14 at 03:31 EST .

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