Thursday, August 7, 2014

Today in military history: August 8, 2014

1192 – Battles of Jaffa end (Third Crusade) 
1588 - Battle of Gravelines (Anglo-Spanish War of 1585-1604) (Naval)
1796 Oil on canvas painting by Philip James de Loutherbourg - 
Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 8 August 1588
1775 – Battle of Gloucester (American Revolutionary War) (possibly occurred August 9) (partly Naval) 
1780 – Battle of Piqua (American Revolutionary War) 
1782 – Hudson Bay expedition ends (American Revolutionary War) (Naval) 
1812 - Battle of Inkovo (Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia) 
1823 – Battle of Karpenisi (Greek War of Independence) 
1831 - Battle of Hasselt (Ten Days’ Campaign) 
1864 – Confederates surrender Fort Gaines (US Civil War) 
1918 – Battle of Amiens (also Third Battle of Picardy) begins (WWI) 
1919 - Third Anglo-Afghan War ends
 Photo from 1900-1919 - King Habibullah Khan standing with Afghan military men.  Though Habibullah Khan was assassinated in February 1919 before this war started, the photo is an example of Afghan fighters of that period and war.
1937 - Battle of Beiping-Tianjin ends (Second Sino-Japanese War) 
1941 – Battle of Uman ends (WWII) 
1942 – Americans take Tualgi, Gavutu and renamed Henderson Field, Solomons; Battle of Savo Island begins (Naval); Germans take Surovniko (WWII) 
1943 – Americans take Sant Agata and Cesaro, Sicily; British take Bronte and Acireale, Sicily (WWII) 
1944 – Americans take Mount Santa Rosa, Marianas (WWII); Battle of Hengyang ends (Second Sino-Japanese War) 
1945 – Soviet Union declares war on Japan; US is first country to ratify the UN charter (WWII) 
1990 - Iraq announces annexation of Kuwait (Persian Gulf War)
 US President George H.W. Bush meets with National Security Advisors regarding Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in Aspen Lodge at Camp David, August 4, 1990 
2007 – Battle of Firebase Anaconda (War in Afghanistan) 
2008 – Battle of Tskhinvali begins (Russo-Georgian War)

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