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   GO3  June 26 in military history:

1775 - Washington visits NY en route to assume command of the army at Boston.
1857 - Queen Victoria awards the first Victoria Crosses in Hyde Park, decorating 62 veterans of the Crimea
1917 - First American combat troops arrive in France. In June only 14,000 American troops managed to reach France. American Expeditionary Force Commanding General, John J. "Blackjack" Pershing, remained adamant that US troops would not be sent to Europe until they were fully trained. It took until May 1918 for troop strength to reach one million. Photo: First US troops arrive in France, June 1917.
1943 - Since Dec 7, 1941, Japan has lost 2 million tons of shipping
1978 - Breton separatists bomb the Palace of Versailles

   June 26 at 00:00 EST .

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   GO3  Comments on Lawrence of Arabia:

I liked the movie and understandably films have to enhance the role of the main protagonist. However, a bit of myth busting is in order. Lawrence's desert army was an important adjunct to the Sinai/Palestine Campaign in WWI but not the main effort. In the movie, General Allenby (Jack Hawkins ) is presented as some kind of stick-in-the-mud schemer, when in fact he was the one who actually ran a highly effective decentralized campaign the desert environment called for. What's not shown is Lawrence's forces were part of the larger tactical maneuver wherein he helped the main forces achieve their objectives. There were exceptions of course, but by and large, Allenby's leadership was the key to victory.
   June 24 at 23:39 EST .

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   GO3  June 19 in military history:

1778 - Washington's troops leave Valley Forge
1864 - CSS Alabama is sunk by USS Kearsarge off Cherbourg
1865 - Slaves in Texas are freed by Union forces
1937 - Franco's Nationalists capture Bilbao from the Republicans
1944 - "Marianas Turkey Shoot" - Battle of the Philippine Sea: The battle was the last major "carrier-versus-carrier" engagements between American and Japanese naval forces. The aerial part of the battle was nicknamed the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot by American aviators for the severely disproportional loss ratio inflicted upon Japanese aircraft by American pilots and anti-aircraft gunners. Although at the time the battle appeared to be a missed opportunity to destroy the Japanese fleet, the Imperial Japanese Navy had lost the bulk of its carrier air strength and would never recover. By the end of the battle, the Japanese had lost three carriers and 426 aircraft; the US lost around 70 planes. Painting: Hellcats of VF 16 from Task Force 58 during the Marianas Turkey Shoot.
1944 - French troops free Elba from the Nazis
1947 - An F-80 becomes the first plane to exceed 600 mph
1948 - USSR blocks access to West-Berlin: Berlin Blockade begins

   June 19 at 01:53 EST .

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   GO3  June 14 in military history:

1777 - Congress replaces the "Grand Union Flag" with the "Stars & Stripes"
1777 - John Paul Jones takes command of the USS Ranger
1815 - Napoleon opens the Waterloo Campaign

1847 - Commodore Matthew C Perry initiates campaign at Tabasco, Mexico. On 14 June Perry assembled the Mosquito Fleet off Frontera and began moving upstream to capture the last open port of San Juan Bautista (present day Villahermosa ). After several land and naval engagements, the last port on the Gulf Coast was captured. Painting: Commodore Perry lands troops at Tabasco, Mexico.

1861 - Flag Day first observed, Hartford, Ct.
1917 - Gen John J. Pershing and his staff reach Paris
1940 - Germans occupy Paris
1940 - The Nazis open concentration camps at Auschwitz and Oranienburg
1942 - The bazooka goes into production at Bridgeport, Ct
1982 - Falklands: Argentinian forces surrender to the Brits; 74-day war ends
1985 - Lebanese Shiite gunmen hijack TWA 847 after takeoff from Athens

   June 14 at 00:59 EST .

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   GO3  June 11 in military history:

1798 - Bonaparte captures Malta en route to Egypt
1861 - Maj R. B. Hayes, Pvt Wm McKinley, and the rest of the 23rd Ohio muster into federal service
1882 - Moslems massacre 300 Christians at Alexandria, Egypt
1927 - Charles A. Lindbergh becomes the first man awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, at City Hall, NY
1943 - Allies land on Pantelleria, Italy

1943 - Kiska: Japanese submarine 'I-9' possibly sunk by USS Frazier (DD-607 ). Early in the foggy morning of 10 June, with Lieutenant Commander Elliot M. Brown in command, the Frazier she made two separate attacks on radar contacts which were believed to be submarines. In the second attack, the destroyer's guns fired for five minutes as she pursued her target until its radar echo merged with land echo of Kiska. Late that night and again on the morning of 11 June, Frazier dropped depth charges on two different underwater contacts, but was unable to determine the results of these attacks; it is likely she sank I-9 in one of them. Photo: USS Frazier.

1977 - Dutch Marines rescue hostages on a train held by Moluccan terrorists
1982 - Lebanon: cease fire between Israel and Syria

   June 11 at 01:17 EST .

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   GO3  June 6 in military history:

1757 - Battle of Prague: Frederick the Great of Prussia defeats the Austrians
1775 - NY patriots prevent the Royal Governor from removing munitions from the city
1862 - River Battle off Memphis: Yank gunboats defeat Rebs
1898 - US Marines land at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
1898 - Action at Santiago, Cuba: US ships exchange fire with Spanish batteries
1918 - US Marines secure Belleau Wood
1943 - Aleutians Campaign: Japanese decide to evacuate Kiska

1944 - D-Day, Operation Overlord. Overlord was the code name for the Battle of Normandy, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. The operation was launched with the Normandy landings (Operation Neptune, commonly known as D-Day ). A 1,200-plane airborne assault preceded an amphibious assault involving more than 5,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on 6 June, and more than two million Allied troops were in France by the end of August. Photo: Amphibious shipping at Omaha Beach.

1944 - BG Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Assistant Division Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, earns a Medal of Honor on Utah Beach. A little over one month after the landing at Utah Beach, Roosevelt died of a heart attack in Méautis, France. He had spent part of the day in a long conversation with his son, Captain Quentin Roosevelt II, who had also landed at Normandy on D-Day. BG Roosevelt was fifty-six years old.

1944 - Waffen SS murder Canadian prisoners at Normandy
1945 - Okinawa: Marines capture Naha airfield
1982 - 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out the PLO

   June 5 at 23:55 EST .

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   Gram77  I've missed these history lessons. Thanks!
   June 5 at 14:52 EST .

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   GO3  You're welcome!
June 5 at 23:35 EST .

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   GO3  June 4 in military history:

1745 - Battle of Hohenfriedberg: Frederick the Great defeats Austrians & Saxons
1763 - The Chippewa capture Fort Michilimackinac from the English
1854 - Anti-Catholic Riot in Brooklyn: Radical Protestant preachers incite violence against Catholics, who retaliate, requiring the intervention of the 14th Militia
1918 - US & French halt the Germans at Chateau-Thierry
1940 - Miracle of Dunkirk ends: over 300,000 troops evacuated, prompting Winston Churchill's "We shall fight them on the beaches . . . " speech

1942 - Battle of Midway: Japanese lose four CVs, USS 'Yorktown' badly damaged. This was the turning point in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy under Admirals Chester Nimitz, Frank Jack Fletcher, and Raymond A. Spruance decisively defeated an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy under Admirals Isoroku Yamamoto, Chuichi Nagumo, and Nobutake Kondo near Midway Atoll, inflicting devastating damage on the Japanese fleet that proved irreparable. Military historian John Keegan called it "the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare." Painting: USN dive bombers attack Japanese carriers near Midway atoll.

1944 - Allied forces liberate Rome
1944 - The USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60 ) Anti-sub Group takes U-505; first USN capture of a foreign warship at sea since 1815
1945 - Okinawa: 6th Marine Division secures the Orokoe Peninsula
1976 - Puerto Rican nationalists detonate a bomb in the Cook County Courthouse, Chicago, sparking rioting in some areas
1989 - Chinese troops fire on democracy advocates in Tiananmen Square, Beijing; hundreds die

   June 4 at 00:48 EST .

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   GO3  June 1 in military history:

1774 - British close the Port of Boston in punishment for the Tea Party
1861 - Skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse, Va

1862 - Battle of Seven Pines: Confederate Gen. Joe Johnston is wounded, and relinquishes command, which will go to Robert E. Lee. The battle was the culmination of an offensive up the Virginia Peninsula by Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, in which the Army of the Potomac reached the outskirts of Richmond. Ultimately, both sides claimed victory, although the battle was tactically inconclusive. Nevertheless, it was the largest battle in the Eastern Theater up to that time (and second only to Shiloh in casualties; about 11,000 total ). Gen. Johnston's injury also had profound influence on the war: it led to the appointment of Robert E. Lee as Confederate commander. The more aggressive Lee initiated the Seven Days Battles, leading to a Union retreat in late June. Painting: Union troops attack during the Battle of Seven Pines.

1877 - US troops authorized to pursue bandits & Indians into Mexico
1915 - 1st Zeppelin air raid over England
1917 - The French Army "Mutinies" begin: Troops go on strike. Order is restored in about four weeks, with minimal violence, and the Germans never learn of them
1941 - Germany bans all Catholic publications
1944 - Allied forces begin covering much of Britain with smoke screens, as troops crowd assembly areas for D-Day
1948 - Cease-fire ends Israeli War for Independence

   May 31 at 23:48 EST .

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   GO3  May 28 in military history:

861 - The Vikings sack and burn Paris

1754 - French and Indian War: The Battle of Jumonville Glen was the opening battle of the war where Lt. Col. George Washington's small band of militiamen and Indians defeated the French and Indians near Ft Duquesne. The battle was fought near what is present-day Hopwood and Uniontown in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. A company of colonial militia from Virginia under the command of George Washington, and a small number of Mingo warriors led by Tanacharison, ambushed a force of 35 Canadiens under the command of Joseph Coulon de Villiers de Jumonville. Washington and Tanacharison surrounded the Canadian camp killing some in the ambush, but most of the others were captured. Painting: Washington's forces surround the Canadian camp at Jumonville Glen.

1813 - Second Battle of Sackett's Harbor: Americans defeat a British attack from across Lake Ontario
1940 - King Leopold III surrenders Belgium to the Germans
1940 - Norway: Anglo-French forces capture Narvik
1945 - Okinawa: about 100 kamikaze raid Allied fleet, inflicting considerable damage but sinking only one destroyer
1954 - USAF Maj. Arthur Murray takes the Bell 'X-1A' to 90,440 feet
1991 - Ethiopian rebels seize Addis Ababa

   May 28 at 00:29 EST .

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   GO3  May 23 in military history:

1862 - Valley Campaign: Stonewall Jackson takes Front Royal, Virginia. The Valley Campaign was Jackson's famous spring 1862 campaign through the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Employing audacity and rapid, unpredictable movements on interior lines, Jackson's 17,000 men marched 646 miles in 48 days and won several minor battles as they successfully engaged three Union armies (52,000 men ), preventing them from reinforcing the Union offensive against Richmond. Concealing his movement in the Luray Valley, Jackson joined forces with Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell and captured the Federal garrison at Front Royal on May 23, causing Union General Banks to retreat to the north. Painting: Stonewall Jackson during the Valley Campaign.

1864 - Battle of North Anna River/Totopotamy River/Haw's Shop/Hanovertown, Va: Three day fight begins
1939 - USS 'Squalus" (SS-192 ) sinks off Portsmouth, NH; 26 die, but 33 are rescued next day
1945 - German island of Helgoland in North Sea surrenders to the Royal Navy
1945 - The Allies dissolve the "Dönitz Government," and abolish German sovereignty
1960 - Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

   May 23 at 00:07 EST .

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