Sunday, August 17, 2014

Today in military history: August 18, 2014

1304 – Battle of Mons-en-Pevele (Franco-Flemish War)
 Battle of Mons-en-Pévèle 1304
1415 – Siege of Harfleur begins (Hundred Years’ War) 
1462 - Battle of Troia (Aragon’s Conquest of Naples) 
1487 – Siege of Malaga ends (Reconquista) 
1690 - Battle of Staffarda (Nine Year’s War) 
1759 – Battle of Lagos begins (Seven Years’ War) (Naval) 
1780 – Battle of Fishing Creek; Battle of Musgrove Mill (American Revolutionary War) 
1805 – Battle of Ivankovac (First Serbian uprising) 
1812 –Battle of Smolensk ends; First Battle of Polotsk ends; Battle of Valutino (Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia)
 Smolensk. August 18, 1812. by Christian Wilhelm von Faber du Faur (1780-1857).

Marshal Laurent Gouvion-Saint-Cyr at the Battle of Polotsk, August 18, 1812. 
Painting by Horace Vernet

1813 – Battle of Medina  (Mexican War of Independence) 
1864 – Battle of Globe Tavern begins (US Civil War) 
1870 – Battle of Gravelotte (Franco-Prussian War) 
1917 – Eleventh Battle of the Isonzo begins (WWI) 
1941 – Germans take Kingisepp (WWII) 
1943 - Battle off Horaniu ends (WWII) (Naval) 
1944 – Ukrainians take Sandomierz, Poland (WWII)
 Cromwell tank crews of 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry, 11th Armoured Division, with local inhabitants during the drive to Lesdeux, 18 August 1944
1945 – Soviets take Harbin, Manchuria (WWII)
 Captain Mariya Dolina was a Soviet pilot, squadron commander of the 125th “Marina N. Raskova” Borisov Guards dive bomber Regiment. She was active primarily on the 1st Baltic Front during World War II. On August 18, 1945 M. Dolina was awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union. (The plane behind her is a Petlyakov Pe-2)
1947 – Meridian Ridge Campaign ends (Chinese Civil War) 
1951 – Battle of Bloody Ridge begins (Korean War) 
1965 – Operation Starlite begins (Vietnam War) 
1966 – Battle of Long Tan (Vietnam War) 
1968 – Tay Ninh and Binh Long Offensives (Vietnam War) 
1974 – Turkish Invasion of Cyprus ends (Cold War)

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