Saturday, August 23, 2014

Today in military history: August 24, 2014

49 BC – Battle of the Bagradas River (Caesar’s Civil War) 
410 – Sack of Rome (Fall of the Western Roman Empire)
 Alaric in Rome - 1888 illustration by Wilhelm Lindenschmit

1109 – Battle of Glogow (Poland) 
1185 – Sack of Thessalonica ends (Norman invasion of the Balkans 1185-1186) 
1217 – Battle of Sandwich (First Barons’ War) (Naval) 
1346 - Battle of Blanchetaque (Hundred Years’ War) 
1516 – Battle of Marj Dabiq (Ottoman-Mamluk War of 1516-1517) 
1542 – Battle of Hadden Rig (Anglo-Scottish Wars) 
1569 - Battle of Orthez (French wars of religion) 
1632 - Battle of Altendorf (Thirty Years’ War) 
1704 – Battle of Malaga (War of the Spanish Succession) (Naval) 
1760 – Battle of the Thousand Islands ends (French and Indian War) 
1781 – Lochry’s Defeat (also Lochry’s Massacre) (American Revolutionary War) 
1789 – First Battle of Svenksund (also Rochensalm) (Russo-Swedish War) (Naval) 
1796 – Battle of Friedberg; Battle of Amberg (French Revolutionary War) 
1813 – Battle of Fort George (War of 1812) 
1814 – Battle of Bladensburg; Burning of Washington (War of 1812) 
1862 – CSS Alabama commissioned (US Civil War) (Naval) 
1914 – Battle of Cer ends; Battle of Charmes begins; Siege of Maubeuge begins (WWI) 
1937 - Battle of Belchite begins (Spanish Civil War) 
1942 – Battle of the Eastern Solomons begins (WWII) (Naval) 
1944 – Americans take Cannes and Arles, France; Allies take Grenoble, France; Russians take Kishinev (WWII) 
1945 – Battle of Wuhe (Chinese Civil War) 
1949 – Campaign to suppress bandits in Fujian begins (Chinese Civil War) 
1965 – Operation Starlite ends (Vietnam War)
 Photo about 1965 - A MAG-16 helicopter evacuates STARLITE casualties, while a Marine M-48 tank stands guard. The Marine on the left carries a M-79 grenade launcher.

Operation Starlight, a U.S. Marine Corps search and destroy operation south of Chu Lai. Viet Cong casualties stood at 599 killed and six captured. Viet Cong prisoners await being carried by helicopter to rear area., 08/1965
2010 – Battle of Derapet (War in Afghanistan)

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