Saturday, August 16, 2014

Today in military history: August 17, 2014

1424 – Battle of Verneuil (Hundred Years’ War) 
1480 - Siege of Rhodes ends (Ottoman wars in Europe) (partly Naval)
 15th century illustration - Siege of Rhodes

1648 – Battle of Preston begins (Second English Civil War) 
1649 - Battle of Zboriv ends (Khmelnytsky Uprising) 
1717 – Siege of Belgrade ends (Austro-Turkish War of 1716-1718)
 1720 painting by Jan van Huchtenburg -  
Prince Eugene of Savoy captures Belgrade on 16 August 1717

1782 – Battle of Bryan Station ends (American Revolutionary War) 
1795 – Slave rebellion in Curacao begins 
1808 – Battle of Rolica (Peninsular War) 
1812 – First Battle of Polotsk begins (Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia) 
1844 - Bombardment of Mogador ends (First Franco-Moroccan War) 
1862 – Sioux Uprising begins (US Civil War) 
1863 – First great bombardment of Fort Sumter begins (US Civil War) 
1865 – Battle of Jatai (Paraguayan War) 
1891 - Battle of Lugalo (Tanzania) 
1914 – Battle of Stalluponen (WWI)
Stalluponen and soldiers - 1914 or 1915 photo

1915 - German troops overrun Kaunus, Lithuania (WWI)
 1915 photo - The second fort of Kaunas after German bombardment in WWI.
1916 – Sixth Battle of the Isonzo ends (WWI) 
1920 – Battle of Zadworze (Polish-Soviet War) 
1941 – Germans take Dnepropetrovsk and Novgorod (WWII) 
1942 – Germans take Pyatigorsk and Yessentuki (WWII) 
1943 – Major air raids on German manufacturing plants result in large aircraft losses (Air); Battle off Horaniu begins (Naval); Major German evacuation of Sicily ends; Allies take Messina, Sicily (WWII) 
1944 – Canadians take Falaise, France; Americans take Dreux, Chateaudun, and Orleans, France; Allies take St Malo, St Raphael, St Tropez, Frejus, Le Luq and St Maxime, France (WWII) 
 Canadian soldiers at Falaise town entrance, Northern France. - 17 August 1944
1945 – Pingyu Campaign begins; Linyi Campaign begins; Battle of Tianmen (Chinese Civil War); Republic of Indonesia declares independence from the Dutch (WWII) 
1950 – Battle for No Name Bridge begins (Korean War) 
1967 – Operation Coronado III ends (Vietnam War)

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