Friday, August 15, 2014

Today in military history: August 16, 2014

1513 – Battle of the Spurs (also Guinegate) (War of the League of Cambrai) 
1549 – Battle of Sampford Courtenay (Western Rebellion of 1549) 
1672 – Siege of Groningen ends (Franco-Dutch War) 
1705 - Battle of Cassano (War of the Spanish Succession)
Print of the Battle of Cassano made between 1729 and 1747

1760 – Battle of the Thousand Islands begins (French and Indian War) 
1777 – Battle of Benington (American Revolutionary War) 
1780 – Battle of Camden (American Revolutionary War) 
1812 –Siege of Detroit ends (War of 1812); Battle of Smolensk begins (Napoleon’s invasion of Russia) 
1854 – Second Battle of Bomersund ends (Crimean War) (partly Naval)  
1855 – Battle of Traktir Bridge (also Chernaya) (Crimean War)
 Major General Henry Frederick Lockyer, CB, KH, who commanded a Brigade in the Crimea from November 1854 to August 1855, at British Headquarters. 
On the left - Lt. Col. Edmund C. Legh, 97th Regiment.

 Photo dated 1854-1856 - Portrait of Private Clemence Brophy, of the 34th Foot, seated with his pipe against a wall at Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham, Kent. Private Brophy was born in Kilkenny, Ireland and joined the British Army, aged 21, on 21 December 1847. He lost his arm while fighting at Sevastopol on 31 August 1855. As a consequence of his injuries, Pte Brophy was discharged from military service on 29 May 1856.
1862 – Battle of Lone Jack ends (US Civil War) 
1870 – Battle of Mars-La-Tour (Franco-Prussian War) 
1900 - Battle of Elands River ends (Second Boer War) 
1914 – Battle of Liege ends (WWI) 
1920 – Battle of Radzymin ends (Polish-Soviet War) 
1943 – Soviets take Zhidra (WWII) 
1944 – Americans take Chartres; Battle of Guilin-Liuzhou begins (WWII) 
1945 – Counteroffensive in Eastern Hubei ends; Battle of Yongjiazhen begins (Chinese Civil War) 
1952 – First Battle of Bunker Hill ends (Korean War)
 Photo August 1952 - Loaded with 500-pound high explosive bombs under their wings, these U.S. Air Force F-80 "Shooting Stars" are shown flying toward Communist frontline positions from a forward air base in Korea. These jet warcraft provided close air support for UN ground forces who were engaged in bitter fighting the previous week in the "Bunker" hill area.

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