1862 - Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas/Gainesville/Bristoe Station ), Day 1 1939 - First successful jet flight, a Heinkel He 178 1942 - "Tokyo Express" lands Japanese reinforcements on Guadalcanal 1942 - USS 'Washington' (BB-56 ) enters the Pacific via the Panama Canal 1942 - Milne Bay: Aussie & US troops repulse Japanese attacks 1944 - B-24 raid on the Kuriles, Japanese Submarine Chaser No. 77 is sunk 1990 - Iraq declares Kuwait its 19th province
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GO3 August 25th was a busy day in military history:
1940 - First RAF night bombing raid on Berlin 1941 - English & Russian troops begin occupation of pro-German Iran 1941 - German troops capture Novgorod, near Leningrad 1942 - Japanese DD 'Mutsuki' sunk by B-17s; the only known high altitude airplane kill of an underway warship 1942 - Marine & Navy planes attack Japanese reinforcing squadron near Guadalcanal. 1943 - Australian 5th Div goes into action on the Salamaua front in New Guinea. 1943 - Red Army liberates Smolensk 1943 - US forces land on New Georgia in Solomon Islands 1944 - Paris liberated from Nazi occupation 1944 - U.S. troops defeat Japanese in the Aitape region, New Guinea 1945 - Nationalist Chinese forces liberate Nanking.
U.S. Air Force’s nuclear-capable bomber trio B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit, and B-52 Stratofortress launch from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for an integrated bomber operation. This unprecedented show of military power marks the first time in history that all three of Air Force Global Strike Command’s strategic bomber aircraft are simultaneously conducting integrated operations in the U.S. Pacific Command area of operations (AOR ).
August 24 at 05:55 EST .
GO3 This is good. But if you want to be impressed watch two B-1s do a low level pass down the runway and then execute an unrestricted climb. Seeing bombers fly like fighters is jaw dropping. There are probably some videos out there, but seeing it in person at an air show is the way to go.
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GO3 Aug. 24th, 1942 - Battle of the Eastern Solomons: 'Saratoga' (CV 3 ) aircraft sink Japanese carrier 'Ryujo'; damaged 'Enterprise' (CV 6 ) lands 11 dive bombers on Henderson Field.
August 24, 1943 - Lord Louis Mountbatten is named Supreme Allied Commander, Southeast Asia.
GO3 August 22, 1934 - Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the liberator of Kuwait in the 1991 Persian Gulf War, was born in Trenton, NJ.
August 22 at 05:49 EST .
GO3 Aug 20th, 1944 – During the night, the last elements of German 5th Panzer and 7th Armies to escape the Falaise pocket filter through Allied line around Chambois and St. Lambert. Some 70-80 miles to the east, the US 3rd Army captures crossings over the Seine River at Mantes Grassicourt, 30 miles west of Paris. To the southwest of Paris, the US 20th Corps (also part of US 3rd Army ) enters Fontainbleau.
Aug 20th, 1968 – In the face of rising anti-Soviet protests in Czechoslovakia, Soviet troops (backed by troops from other Warsaw Pact nations ) intervene to crush the protest. The brutal Soviet action shocked the West and dealt a devastating blow to U.S.-Soviet relations. The troubles in Czechoslovakia began when Alexander Dubcek declared his policy was "socialism with a human face."
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GO3 August 17, 1943. US troops in George Patton's 7th Army capture Messina ending the campaign in Sicily.
August 16 at 22:45 EST .
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GO3 Just to get things going again on this wall: Today, Aug 15 is the 72d anniversary of Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of Southern France in 1944. This operation was necessary since Allied forces in Italy were having such a tough go of it, that their ability to siphon off German forces from France was minimal. Prior to the invasion, the operation was heavily debated. However, it moved very quickly and linked up with Patton's Third Army in less than a month while completely gutting Germany's Army Group G. Our forces in Italy would have never matched that speed of advance.