Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Today in military history: May 22, 2014

1455 – First Battle of St. Albans (Wars of the Roses)
 Circa 1908 - Plucking the Red and White Roses in the Old Temple Gardens 
by Henry Arthur Payne
1781 – Siege of Augusta begins; Siege of Ninety-Six begins (American Revolutionary War)
1807 - Battle of the Dardanelles begins (Russo-Turkish War of 1806-1812) (Naval) 
1809 – Battle of Aspern-Essling ends (War of the Fifth Coalition) 
1863 – Second Assault on Vicksburg (US Civil War 
1919 – Battle of Lemberg ends (Polish-Ukranian War) 
1944 – Allies take Pico (WWII)
1945 – US forces take Yonabaru, Okinawa (WWII)
 Two Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during fighting at Wana Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa, May 1945. On the left, Davis Hargraves provides covering fire with his M1 Thompson submachinegun as Gabriel Chavarria, with a Browning Automatic Rifle, prepares to break cover to move to a different position.

 A demolition crew from the 6th Marine Division watch dynamite charges explode and destroy a Japanese cave. Okinawa, May 1945.

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