Saturday, August 30, 2014

Today in military history: August 31, 2014

1778 – Stockbridge Massacre (American Revolutionary War) 
1864 – Battle of Jonesborough begins (US Civil War) 
1918 – Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin begins (WWI) 
1920 – Battle of Komarow (Polish-Bolshevik War) 
1939 – Gleiwitz incident (WWII) 
1943 – Attack on Marcus Island begins (Naval); Soviets take Glukhov and Rylsk (WWII) 
1944 – Attack of the Volcano Islands begins (Naval); Ukrainians take Bucharest (WWII)
 11th Armoured Division Sherman tanks advance across open fields near Les Thillers-en-Vexin, 31 August 1944.

 A union flag hangs in the main street of Les Andelys as British forces arrive, 31 August 1944. The woman in the foreground is a 'Madame Scarlett', wife of an expatriate Englishman and owner of the Hotel des Fleurs.

Bucharesters greet the Red Army (Second Ukranian Front) 
entering the city (31 August, 1944).
1946 – Battle of Rugao-Huangqiao ends; Campaign of the North China Plain Pocket ends (Chinese Civil War) 
1950 – Second Battle of Naktong Bulge begins (Korean War) 1951 – Battle of the Punchbowl begins (Korean War)

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