Monday, May 12, 2014

Today in military history: May 13, 2014

1568 – Battle of Langside (Marian civil war)
 1846 painting by Cornelius Krieghoff - Mary, Queen of Scots, and Entourage

1805 – Battle of Derne ends (First Barbary War) 
1861 – US troops occupy Baltimore (US Civil War)
1864 - Battle of Rocky Face Ridge ends (US Civil War) 
1940 – Germans take Liege; Battle of the Grebbeberg ends (WWII) 
1943 – Axis forces in Tunisia surrender (WWII)
May 1943 - Three Curtiss Kittyhawk Mark IIIs of No 112 Squadron, Royal Air Force preparing to depart from Medenine on a sortie. The pilots of FR472 `GA-L' and FR440 `GA-V', are waiting for the section leader in the farthest aircraft to move out. All three Kittyhawks display the squadron's distinctive 'shark mouth' insignia.

 German POWs aboard HMS JERVIS off Tunisia, May 1943.
A flotilla of Germans fleeing from the 1st and 8th Armies, found nearly twenty miles out to sea off Cape Bon, Tunisia, were rounded up by the Royal Navy. After weeks of iron rations these German prisoners were glad of good food given to them in the destroyer HMS JERVIS. All the prisoners are German and all except two are anti-aircraft gunners who were bombed out of their gun sites.

1944 – Allies take Santa Maria Infante, Castelforte, and Monte Maio; Crimean campaign ends (WWII) 
1945 – Allies take Del Monte airfield (WWII) 
1947 – Menglianggu Campaign begins; Summer Offensive of 1947 in Northeast China begins (Chinese Civil War) 
1953 – Raid on Toksan Dam (Korean War) (Air) 
1972 – Thanh Hoa Bridge Campaign completed (Vietnam War) (Air)
 Circa 1972 - Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60) launching off Vietnam. A Ling-Temco-Vought A-7A Corsair II from Attack Squadron VA-37 Bulls has just been launched from one of the waist catapults, while two McDonnell F-4J Phantom II from Fighter Squadron VF-103 Sluggers (top) and VF-31 Tomcatters are sitting on the forward catapults. All Squadrons were assigned to Carrier Air Wing 3 (CVW-3) aboard the Saratoga for a deployment to Vietnam from 11 April 1972 to 13 February 1973.

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