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   GO3  Jan. 19 in military history:

1770 - Battle of Golden Hill; New Yorkers defend their "Liberty Tree"
1806 - British take Cape of Good Hope from French-occupied Holland
1861 - Mississippi troops take Ft Massachusetts, on Ship Island
1862 - Battle of Mill Springs/Fishing Creek/Logan's Crossroads, KY
1915 - Germans begin Zeppelin raids on Great Britain, bombing Great Yarmouth & King's Lynn
1920 - The Senate rejects American membership in the League of Nations

1941 - British invade Italian-held Eritrea from the Sudan. Also known as the Abyssinian Campaign, the war in East Africa was fought during World War II by Allied forces, mainly from the British Empire, against Axis forces, primarily from Italy between June 1940 and November 1941. For the allies, forces included not only the UK but also the colonies of British East Africa, British Somaliland, British West Africa, the Indian Empire, Northern Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Mandatory Palestine, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia and Sudan. Photo: South African soldiers with a captured Italian flag, 1941.

1942 - Malaya: British abandon the Muar River line, fall back on Johore Line.
1943 - Papua: Fierce Japanese resistance on the Sanananda front
1944 - Northern Burma: Chinese New 38th Div and Japanese fight for Taro Plain.
1945 - China: Japanese troops seize control of the Canton-Hankow rail line.

   Wednesday at 22:20 EST .

   GO3  Jan. 17 in military history:

1781 - Battle of the Cowpens: Dan Morgan annihilates Banastare Tarleton's Anglo-Tory force. The battle was a decisive engagement of the American Revolution's southern theater, and was fought in northwestern Cherokee County, South Carolina, north of the town of Cowpens. The battle was a turning point in the American reconquest of South Carolina from the British, and Tarleton's brigade was wiped out as an effective fighting force. Painting: Gen. Morgan's patriots victorious over the British at Cowpens.

1862 - US gunboat 'Lexington' bombards Ft Henry, TN (surrenders Jan 22 )
1915 - Battle of Sarikamish: After more than three weeks of heavy fighting, the Russians defeat an Ottoman army in what is now northeastern Turkey
1943 - Guadalcanal: Combined Army-Marine Div attacks west along the coast
1943 - Papua: Allied forces begin a major offensive against Sanananda.
1945 - Luzon: Sixth Army steps up its drive on Manila
1945 - Soviets drive the Germans out of Warsaw
1955 - USS 'Nautilus' (SSN-571 ) gets underway on nuclear power
1961 - Pres. Eisenhower's farewell address warns of a "military industrial complex"
1966 - A B-52 carrying four hydrogen bombs crashes off Spanish coast (aka The Palomares Incident )
1991 - Operation Desert Storm: Coalition air offensive is unleashed over Iraq

   January 17 at 00:03 EST .

   MeiDei  Two above caught my attention: '55 nuclear navy. I remember reading about Adm. Rickover & how he selected candidates for inclusion. He would take the person out for a luncheon interview & would decide for or against at the conclusion. The candidate that salted his food b/4 tasting was automatically disqualified!
2nd - '66 don't remember that incident - what about the bombs? Found this from he history channel

I don't know its accuracy, they've been found wanting before.
January 17 at 01:34 EST .

   GO3  Mei, I had a very detailed answer to your points, but I'm tired of having my comments disappear when I hit "comment." Maybe I'll do it again later after I calm down.
January 17 at 08:05 EST .

   GO3  Sorry, I tried again and it disappeared when I submitted it. Goofy.
January 17 at 21:40 EST .

   MeiDei  That happens to me so many times ... if I remember, I copy what I wrote, sometimes I have to paste it as a draft in email to save & try later, frustrating.
Wednesday at 23:10 EST .

   GO3  Jan. 15 in military history:

1517 - The Turks sack Cairo
1865 - Union soldiers, sailors, & marines (among them George Dewey ), storm Ft Fisher, NC
1942 - Bataan: Japanese troops penetrate US/Philippine defenses
1942 - Chinese halt a Japanese offensive near Changsha in Hunan Province.
1942 - Malaya: Japanese "end run" landings dislocate the British left
1944 - European Advisory Commission decides to divide Germany

1944 - New Guinea: Australians reach north coast of Huon Peninsula, near Sio. This was the final stage of the Northeastern New Guinea campaign which started in late 1943. It resulted in Japanese resistance finally breaking. A swift advance by the Australians along the northern coast of the peninsula followed and in January 1944 they captured Sio. At the same time, the Americans landed at Saidor. After this, mopping up operations were undertaken by Allied forces around Sio until March 1944. Photo: Australian Matilda Tank advances on Japanese strong points during the Huon Peninsula Campaign.

1945 - Japanese offensive in China advances on the U.S. airbase in Sichuan.
1945 - Red Army liberates the Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp
1951 - German court gives Ilse Koch, "The 'B' of Buchenwald", life (suicide in prison, 1967 )
1973 - Pres Nixon suspends all US offensive action over North Vietnam

   January 14 at 21:15 EST .

   GO3  Jan. 12 in military history:

1813 - US Frigate 'Chesapeake' captures the British 'Volunteer'
1836 - Seminole Wars: Battle of Wetumka, Fla.
1848 - Mexican forces attack US Sloop-of-War 'Lexington' off San Blas
1861 - Lt Adam Slemmer, USA, refuses to surrender Ft Pickens to Florida state troops

1942 - Heavy fighting on Bataan. On 9 January, Japanese forces under Lieutenant General Susumu Morioka assaulted the eastern flank of the American-Filipino defensive line, and were repulsed by the 91st Division of Brigadier General Luther Stevens and Colonel George S. Clark's 57th Infantry (PS ). On 12 January, amid fierce fighting, 2nd Lieutenant Alexander R. Nininger, a platoon leader in the 57th Infantry, sacrificed his life when, armed with only a rifle and hand grenades, he forced his way into enemy foxholes during hand-to-hand combat, permitting his unit to retake their positions. For his actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. L-R: Painting showing the intense jungle fighting on Bataan; photo: 2d Lt. Alexander Nininger.

1942 - British troops retake Sollum, Egypt
1945 - Battle of the South China Sea: USN TF 38 sinks 41 Japanese ships
1953 - First landings on an American angled deck carrier, 'Antietam' (CV-36 ).

   January 11 at 22:35 EST .

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   GO3  Jan. 10 in military history:

49BC - "Alea iacta est!" -- Caesar crosses the Rubicon, initiating the Great Roman Civil War (49-45 BC )
1072 - Triumphal entry of Roger de Hauteville & his brother Robert the Weasel into Palermo, newly liberated from the Arabs
1806 - Dutch surrender Cape Town, South Africa, to the British

1847 - US Navy-Marine Corps landing party occupies Los Angeles. During the War with Mexico Los Angeles was captured by a Navy-Marine force under Commodore Robert Stockton. It was subsequently retaken by the Californians and then recaptured after an initial unsuccessful try. Stockton then defeated the Mexicans at the battles of Rio San Gabriel and La Mesa, forcing the remaining Mexicans to surrender all of California under the Treaty of Cahuenga. Painting: Signing the Treaty of Cahuenga.

1861 - US forts & property seized by Mississippi
1862 - Battle of Big Sandy River/Middle Creek, KY, and Romney, WV
1941 - Nazis order registration of Jews in Austria
1942 - Heinz Hitler (19 ), nephew of Der Fuhrer, is captured on the Eastern Front while serving as an NCO in the 23rd Artillery; dies in a Soviet P/W camp
1943 - Guadalcanal: "Tokyo Express" is ambushed by PT-boats, losing two ships; also, U.S. forces begin a general offensive to eliminate Japanese
1945 - Luzon: US forces enlarge their beachhead.
1945 - Northern Burma: Chinese and American forces continue to advance

   January 10 at 02:03 EST .

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   GO3  Jan. 8 in military history:

794 - First Viking raid on Britain, Lindisfarne Abbey is destroyed
871 - Battle of Ashdown: King Ethelred of Wessex defeats the Danelaw Vikings

1815 - Battle of New Orleans, 15 days after the Treaty of Ghent was signed. The battle was fought between January 8 and January 18, 1815, constituting the final major battle of the War of 1812, and the most one-sided battle of that war. American forces commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson, prevented an overwhelming British force, commanded by Admiral Alexander Cochrane and General Edward Pakenham, from seizing New Orleans and the vast territory the United States had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase. US land forces included U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, Choctaw warriors, Baratarian pirates, civilian volunteers and the State Militia. Painting: British forces storm US defenses at the Battle of New Orleans.

1847 - Battle of San Gabriel, CA: Army-Navy-Marine victory over Mexican forces
1865 - Battle of Dove Creek: Indians defeat Confederate Texans, near San Angelo
1877 - The Battle of Wolf Mountain, Montana: Crazy Horse is defeated by the U.S. Army, the last battle of the Great Sioux War
1923 - First successful flight of a rotary wing aircraft, Juan de la Cierva's autogyro
1926 - Abdul-Aziz Ibn Saud establishes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
1943 - Allied aircraft hit Japanese transports at Lae, in NE New Guinea.
1944 - U.S. Navy bombards Japanese base in the Shortland Islands.
1945 - Heavy US air strikes on Luzon, concentrating on Lingayen Gulf area
1973 - Secret peace talks between US & North Vietnam resume near Paris

   January 7 at 23:09 EST .

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   GO3  There will likely be a suspension of the military history postings the next few weeks. I will be traveling a long ways and of course doing all of the holiday activities. To all: Thanks for reading, and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
   December 20 at 04:08 EST .

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   MeiDei  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. Have a safe and happy journey.
December 22 at 12:52 EST .

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   GO3  Dec. 20 in military history:

1522 - Suleiman the Magnificent captures Rhodes, after permitting the last surviving Knights of St. John their freedom
1822 - US Congress authorizes a naval expedition to suppress piracy in the Caribbean
1837 - Battle of Lake Okeechobee: U.S. troops defeat Florida Seminoles
1841 - Capt Charles Wilkes' "United States Exploring Expedition" surveys Wake Island
1862 - Grant begins his first effort to take Vicksburg
1915 - Russian troops capture Qom, Persia
1924 - Adolf Hitler is freed from prison, having served only part of his sentence for the "Beer Hall Putsch"
1941 - American Volunteer Group ("Flying Tigers" ) goes into action over Kunming
1942 - First Japanese bombing of Calcutta
1942 - Papua: Allied forces make gains in the Sanananda area
1943 - USS 'Puffer (SS-268 ) sinks the Japanese destroyer 'Fuyo' about 60 miles west of Manila

1944 - Battle of Bastogne: Germans surround the American defenders, initiating a siege. The 101st Airborne Division, elements of the 10th Armored Division, the 9th Armored Division, the 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion, and support troops used as infantry conduct a tenacious defense of the vital road network in Bastogne until relieved by elements of George Patton's Third Army on 27 Dec. Painting: US 101st Airborne and US armor in defense of Bastogne.

1944 - Dwight D. Eisenhower is promoted to five star rank as a General of the Army
1944 - Japanese on Leyte told no more reinforcements or supplies will be sent
1958 - First successful test of the US Titan ICBM
1983 - PLO chairman Yasser Arafat & 4,000 loyalists evacuate Lebanon
1989 - Operation Just Cause begins: US troops invade Panama

   December 19 at 21:56 EST .

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   GO3  Dec. 18 in military history:

1813 - War of 1812: British take Ft Niagara
1861 - Combat at Milford/Shawnee Mound, WVa
1916 - Battle of Verdun ends, as the German abandon their 302 day effort to destroy the French Army
1941 - Japanese 38th Div lands on Hong Kong Island
1941 - Japanese aircraft begin operating from strips in northern Luzon
1942 - US sub 'Albacore' (SS-219 ) sinks Japanese light cruiser 'Tenryu' near the Bismarcks
1942 - Papua: U.S. and Australian troops begin a major assault on Sanananda
1943 - Japanese air raids on Kunming, to halt Chinese advancing into Burma
1943 - Stilwell given command of all Chinese forces in India and Burma
1944 - Douglas MacArthur is promoted to five star rank as a General of the Army
1944 - Hankow: about 300 US aircraft raid Japanese positions
1944 - Pacific Typhoon: destroyers 'Hull', 'Spence', & 'Monaghan' sink, around 800 die

1972 - Operation Linebacker II: US begins "Christmas bombing" of North Vietnam. Air Force and Navy tactical aircraft and B-52s commenced an around-the-clock bombardment of the North Vietnamese heartland. The primary objective of the bombing operation would be to force the North Vietnamese government to enter into purposeful negotiations concerning a cease-fire agreement. The operation employed air power to its maximum capabilities in an attempt to destroy all major target complexes such as radio stations, railroads, power plants, and airfields located in the Hanoi and Haiphong areas. Unlike previous bombing campaigns, Linebacker II provided the Air Force and U.S. Naval forces with specific objectives and removed many of the restrictions that had previously caused frustration within the Pentagon. Painting: B-52s during Linebacker II.

   December 17 at 22:21 EST .

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   GO3  Dec. 15 in military history (sorry about the error below, should read Dec. 13 ):

1864 - Battle of Nashville: George Thomas crushes the Confederate Army of Tennessee. The Battle of Nashville was a two-day battle which marked the end of large-scale fighting west of the coastal states in the American Civil War. The Confederate Army of Tennessee was commanded by Lieutenant General John Bell Hood and Federal forces were under Major General George H. Thomas. In one of the largest victories achieved by the Union Army during the war, Thomas attacked and routed Hood's army, largely destroying it as an effective fighting force. Painting below: The Battle of Nashville.

1899 - Colesno, Third Battle of "Black Week": the Boers defeat a British attempt to relieve Ladysmith, inflicting heavy casualties and capturing several batteries.
1941 - Congress votes $10.1 billion ($400 billion today ) for the war effort
1941 - USS 'Swordfish' (SS-193 ) becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship
1943 - Burma: the Chinese New 38th Div is driven back in the Bhamo area
1943 - U.S. 112th Cavalry Rgt (dismounted ) lands at Arawe, New Britain
1944 - US troops land on Mindoro, Philippines, as kamikaze sink two LSTs
1944 - William D. Leahy is promoted to five star rank as a Fleet Admiral
1989 - The Panamanian National Assembly declares war on the US

   December 14 at 22:59 EST .

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   MeiDei  1989 - was that a 4 minute or 4 hr. war - it has escaped my memory (smile )
December 15 at 22:19 EST .

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   GO3  I think it was about a week actually.
December 16 at 06:11 EST .

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