Thursday, May 1, 2014

Today in military history: May 2, 2014

1654 – Action of 2 May 1654 (Dutch-Portuguese War) (Naval) 
1808 – Battle of Pulkkila (Finnish War)
 1866 - Soldiers from The Songs of Ensign Stål, which extolled the Swedish/Finnish-Russian war of 1808-09. Tableau arranged by Konstnärsgillet (artist's guild) in Finland at its annual festival in 1866. 

1813 – Battle of Lutzen (War of the Sixth Coalition) 
1815 – Battle of Tolentino begins (Neapolitan War) 
1863 - Battle of Chalk Bluff ends (US Civil War) 
1866 – Battle of Callao (Chincha Islands War)
 19th century - Image depicting a group of soldiers preparing a cannon for the Battle of Callao

1885 – Battle of Cut Knife (North-West Rebellion) 
1941 – Battle at Habbaniyah begins (WWII) 
1945 – Capture of Berlin; Allies take Pegu, Lubeck, Wismar and Oldenburg; German surrender in Italy (WWII)
The Russian Marshal Rokossovsky with Montgomery and their respective Chiefs of Staff at the British 6th Airborne Division Headquarters at Wismar, where the first link up between British and Russian forces took place on 28 April 1945.

 Sherman tanks of the Royal Scots Greys, 4th Armoured Brigade 
surrounded by abandoned German transport in Wismar, 4 May 1945.

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