Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Today in military history: August 6, 2014

761 - Battle of Aedwiresclif (England) 
1181 - Battle of Sunomata-gawa (Genpei War) 
1284 – Battle of Meloria (Genoese-Pisan Wars) (Naval) 
 Battle of Meloria (1241), in an image taken from the 
14th century Nuova Cronica of Giovanni Villani
1549 – Battle of Clyst Heath (Anglo-Cornish War of 1549) 
1566 – Siege of Szigetvar begins (Ottoman-Hapsburg wars) 
1623 - Battle of Stadtlohn (Thirty Years’ War) 
1734 –  Siege of Gaeta ends (War of the Polish Succession) 
1763 - Battle of Bushy Run ends (Pontiac’s Rebellion) 
1777 – Battle of Oriskany (American Revolutionary War) 
1780 - Battle of Hanging Rock (American Revolutionary War) 
1813 - Battle of Caracas (Venezuelan War of Independence) 
1862 – CSS Arkansas lost (Naval); Battle of Tazewell; Battle of Kirksville (US Civil War) 
1870 – Second Battle of Woerth; Battle of Spicheren (Franco-Prussian War) 
1914 – First airship bombing mission of WWI conducted (WWI) (Air) 
1915 – Landing at Suvla Bay begins  (partly Naval); Battle of Lone Pine (also Kanli Sirt) begins; Battle of Krithia Vineyard begins; Battle of Sari Bair begins (WWI) 
1916 – Sixth Battle of the Isonzo begins (WWI) 
1942 – Germans take Tikhoretsk (WWII) 
1943 – Battle of Vela Gulf begins (Naval); Americans take Troina, Sicily; Soviets take Zolochev (WWII) 
1944 – Allies take Laval (WWII) 
1945 – Uranium fission bomb dropped on Hiroshima (WWII) (Air)
Little Boy - atomic bomb (Hiroshima). On the left : Commander A. Birch, on the right : Dr. Norman Foster Ramsey. Note the open case of the bomb.

 General Spaatz and other dignitaries await the return of the 
Enola Gay and her crew from mission to Hiroshima - August 6, 1945

Standish Backus photo of Hiroshima, 1945

Demobilized Japanese soldiers crowd trains at Hiroshima on way to homes
September 1945

 Discharged Japanese soldiers crowd trains as they take advantage of free transportation to their homes after end of World War II in Hiroshima, Japan - September 1945
2011 – US Chinook shot down with 38 deaths (War in Afghanistan)

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