Friday, August 22, 2014

Today in military history: August 23, 2014

1179 – Battle at Jacob’s Ford begins (Crusades) 
1268 – Battle of Tagliacozzo (Wars of the Guelphs and Gibellines)
 Battle of Tagliacozzo
1305 – William Wallace tortured, drawn and quartered (Scottish Wars of Independence) 
1328 – Battle of Cassel (Peasant revolt in Flanders 1323-1328) 
1514 – Battle of Chaldiran (Ottoman-Persian Wars) 
1572St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre begins (French wars of religion) 
1642 – Battle of Southam (First English Civil War) 
1782 – Battle of the Black River ends (American Revolutionary War) 
1813 – Battle of Grossbeeren (War of the Sixth Coalition) 
1828Battle of Chico Bank (Cisplatine War) (Naval) 
1863 – First great bombardment of Fort Sumter ends (US Civil War)
 Fort Sumter on Sunday afternoon, August 23, 1863, sketched from the "Beacon House" on Morris Island

 The 8 inch, 200 pdr Parrott rifle known as "The Swamp Angel" ruptured on its 36th discharge throwing the barrel onto the earthworks, August 23 1863. The first sixteen charges were incendisry rounds filled with "Greek fire" and fired into the heart of downtown Charleston.
1866 – Austro-Prussian War ends 
1884 – Battle of Fuzhou (also Pagoda Anchorage) begins (Sino-French War) (Naval) 
1908 – Battle of Marakesh (Morocco) 
1914 – Battle of the Ardennes ends; Battle of Mons; Battle of Galicia begins (WWI) 
1921 – Battle of Sakarya begins (Greco-Turkish War) 
1941 - First Battle of Kiev begins (WWII) 
1943 – Belgorod-Khar’kov Offensive ends; Battle of Kursk ends (WWII) 
1944 – Americans take Melun and Evreux, France; Ukrainians take Vaslui; Battle of Numfoor ends (WWII) 
1945  – Battle of Baoying ends (Chinese Civil War) 
1968 – Battle of Marble Mountain; Battle of Da Nang (Vietnam War)
 M113 IN ACTION AT BEN CUI RUBBER PLANTATION, AUGUST 1968. Hollow steel planking on sides of vehicle offer protection against shaped charges.

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