Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Odd viewing statistics

My readership is starting to grow rapidly which is great but I notice an odd thing about the statistics of my audience.  I post a lot of photos of UK and Australian military service members since there are so many online to find.  However, those two countries represent my fewest readers.  The countries from which the most viewers hail from are the US, Germany, Russia and France in that order.  Sounds wonderful to me and I'd definitely post more pictures and photos from those countries if I could find them on public domain searches.  I'll put a renewed effort into that goal.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today in military history: July 30, 2014

634 – Battle of Ajnadayn (Arab-Byzantine Wars) 
1656 – Battle of Warsaw ends (Second Northern War) 
1813 – Raid on Plattsburg; Ball’s Battle (War of 1812) 
1862 – CSS Alabama departs Liverpool for trial run (US Civil War) (Naval) 
1864 –  Battle of the Crater; Confederates burn down Chambersburg (US Civil War)
 Drawing from between 1880 and 1901 - Drawing of the tunnel leading to the mine sprung in front of Petersburg, Va 30 July 1864

 1864 photo - Chambersburg Pennsylvania was destroyed 
by McCausland's Confederate cavalry in July 1864.
1913 - Conclusion of the Second Balkan War
 Photo from between July 20-22 1913 -  
The burned city of Kilkis after the Second Balkan War.
1942 – Germans take Bataisk (WWII) 
1943 – British take Catenanouva, Allies take Egadi Islands, Sicily (WWII) 
1944 – Americans take Granville and Tinian (WWII) 
1945 – US and British carrier forces finish attacks on Japan (Naval); Battle of the Visayas ends (WWII) 
1964 – Raid on Hon Me and Hon Ngu (Vietnam War) (Naval)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Today in military history: July 29, 2104

1014 - Battle of Kleidion (also Clidium) (Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars) 
1030 - Battle of Stiklestad (Norway)
 Illustration from 1390 - the death of King Olaf II

1361 - Battle of San Ruffillo (Italy) 
1693 – Battle of Landen (Nine Years’ War) 
1702 – Battle of Hummelshof (Great Northern War) 
1813 – Raid on Burlington Beach; Raids on Lake Champlain begin (War of 1812) 
1846 – San Diego, California taken (Mexican-American War) (partly Naval)  
1862 –Battle of Bollinger’s Mills (US Civil War) 
1864 – Battle of Deep Bottom (also Darbytown, Strawberry Plains or New Market Road) ends (US Civil War) 
1942 – Japanese take Kokoda, New Guinea; Germans take Proletarskaya (WWII)
 1942 photo - Executions of Kiev Jews by German army mobile killing units (Einsatzgruppen) near Ivangorod Ukraine. The original German inscription on the back of the photograph reads, "Ukraine 1942, Jewish Action [operation], Ivangorod."

Photo from summer of 1942 - Anti-Soviet Russian volunteers supporting the German troops as partisan hunters, Demyansk/Kholm-area (Novgorod Oblast) 1942.  
Photo has handwritten notice at the back: Partisanenj√§ger / Meine Kameraden (partisan hunters / My comrads). 

1945 – USS Indianapolis sunk after delivering atom bomb to Marianas air base (WWII) (Naval) 
 The U.S. Navy hospital ship USS Tranquillity (AH-14) arrives at Guam, carrying survivors of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35), 8 August 1945.
1946 – Battle of Anping (Chinese Civil War) 
1947 – Nanma-Linqu Campaign ends (Chinese Civil War) 
1967 – USS Forrestal fire (Vietnam War)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Today in military history: July 28, 2014

657 - Battle of Siffin ends (First Fitna) 
1148 – Siege of Damascus ends (Second Crusade)
 Late 15th century manuscript - Siege of Damascus during the Second Crusade, 1148; 
with the armies of King Baldwin III of Jerusalem, King Louis VII of France, 
and right, Emperor Conrad III of Germany,
1330 - Battle of Velbazhd (Bulgarian-Serbian Wars) 
1364 – Battle of Cascina (Italy) 
1424 - Battle of Zagonara (Wars in Lombardy) 
1480 – Siege of Otranto begins (Ottoman-Hungarian Wars) 
1488 - Battle of Saint-Aubin-du-Cormier (Mad War) 
1643 – Battle of Gainsborough (First English Civil War) 
1656 – Battle of Warsaw begins (Second Northern War) 
1689 – Siege of Derry ends (Williamite War in Ireland) (partly Naval)
 Example of 17th century Royal Navy ships - Anonymous, 17th century: Royal Navy (showing St. George and Red Ensign flags).
1809 – Battle of Talavera de la Reina ends (Peninsular War) 
1812 – Battle of Klyastitsy begins (French Invasion of Russia) 
1813 – Battle of Sorauren begins (Peninsular War) 
1862 – Battle of Moore’s Mills (US Civil War)  
1863 – Battle of Stony Lake (US Civil War) 
1864 – Battle of Ezra Church; Battle of Tahkahokuty Mountain (US Civil War) 
1915 – US occupation of Haiti begins (Banana Wars) 
1920 – Pancho Villa surrenders (Mexican Revolution) 
1932 – US Army evicts Bonus Marchers from Washington DC 1943 –Americans take Nicosia, Canadians take Agira, Sicily (WWII) 
1944 – Russians take Brest-Litovskand Przemysl (WWII) 
2004 – Battle of Suwariyah (Iraq War)

 Arabian Gulf (July 28, 2004) - Sailors assigned to the mine countermeasure ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13) raise the AN/SLQ-48 Mine Neutralization Vehicle from the Persian Gulf. The AN/SLQ-48 system uses a remote-controlled submersible vehicle to identify and neutralize underwater mines. Dextrous was forward deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Today in military history: July 27, 2014

1192 – Battles at Jaffa begin (Third Crusade) 
1214 – Battle of Bouvines (Angevin-Flanders War/Anglo-French War of 1202-1214)
Hugh de Boves and the Battle of Bouvines 1214. 
(Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 16 fol. 37) - 13th century 

 The Battle of Bouvines in 1214 - Guillaume Fillastre, La Toison d'or, 15-16th centuries

1885 drawing - Ferdinand, Count of Flanders, captive after the Battle of Bouvines (1214)
1302 – Battle of Bapheus (Byzantine-Ottoman Wars) 
1361 - Battle of Visby (Sweden) 
1686 - Battle of Buda (Great Turkish War)     
1689 - Battle of Killiecrankie (Jacobite Rising) 
1710 – Battle of Almenar (War of the Spanish Succession) 
1778 – Battle of Ushant (American Revolutionary War) (Naval) 
1809 – Battle of Talavera de la Reina begins (Peninsular War) 
1813 – Second Siege of Fort Meigs ends; Battle of Burnt Corn (War of 1812) 
1816 – Battle of Fort Blount (Florida) 
1848 – Battle of Custoza ends (Italian Wars of Independence) 
1864 – Battle of Deep Bottom (also Darbytown, Strawberry Plains or New Market Road) begins (US Civil War) 
1880 – Battle of Maiwand (Second Anglo-Afghan War) 
1942 – First Battle of El Alamein ends (WWII) 
1944 – Soviets take Lvov, Stanislav, Bialystok, Siauliai, Daugavpils and Rezekne (WWII)  
1953 – Siege of Wonsan ends; Battle of Kumsong River Salient ends; Armistice signed (Korean War)
 General Mark W. Clark, Far East commander, signs the Korean armistice agreement on July 27, 1953, after two years of negotiation.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Today in military history: July 26, 2014

Military history timeline 
657 - Battle of Siffin begins (First Fitna)
811 - Battle of the Pliska (also Varbitsa Pass) (Byzantine-Bulgarian Wars)
1340 – Battle of Saint-Omer (Hundred Years’ War)
1346 – Battle of Caen (Hundred Years’ War)
1469 – Battle of Edgecote Moor (Wars of the Roses)
1476 – Battle of Valea Alba (also Razboieni, Akdere) (Moldavian-Ottoman Wars)
1643 – Storming of Bristol (First English Civil War)
1705 – Battle of Gemauerthof (Great Northern War)
1757 – Battle of Hastenbeck (Seven Years’ War)
1759 – Battle of Fort Niagara ends (French and Indian War)
1814 – Raid up the St. Mary’s River ends; Battle of Mackinac Island begins (War of 1812)
 HMS Phoenix (1832) and HMS Diligence (1814) at anchor, Godhavn - 
photo taken between June 18 and July 5, 1854.  
HMS Diligence is an example of a British naval ship from the War of 1812 period

1861 – Federals surrender Fort Fillmore (US Civil War)
1863 – Battle of Dead Buffalo Lake; Battle of Salineville; Brig Gen Morgan captured (US Civil War)
1865 – Battle of Platte Bridge Station (Sioux Wars/Colorado War)
 Red Cloud and Indians. Standing - Red Bear (Sons Are?), Young Man Afraid of his Horse, Good Voice, Ring Thunder, Iron Crow, White Tail, Young Spotted Tail. Seated - Yellow Bear, Red Cloud, Big Road, Little Wound, Black Crow - photo taken between 1865 and 1880

1898 – Battle of Yauco (Spanish-American War)
1944 – Americans take Marigny and St. Gilles; Soviets take Deblin and Narva (WWII)
1945 – Battle of Mayoyao Bridge begins (WWII)
1953 – Attack on Boulder City ends (Korean War); Battle of Moncada Barracks (Cuban Revolution)
 Fidel Castro on his arrest after the attack on Monacada barracks.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Today in military history: July 25, 2014

1139 - Battle of Ourique (Reconquista)
 Alfonso VI conquers Toledo, May 25, 1085
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons  
Photo author: CarlosVdeHabsburgo
1261 – Recapture of Constantinople ends (Byzantine Empire) 
1456 – Battle of Molinella (Italy)                
1742 – Invasion of Georgia ends (War of Jenkins’ Ear) 
1759 – Battle of Fort Niagara ends (French and Indian War) 
1799 – Battle of Abukir (French campaign in Egypt) 
1812 – Battle of Ostrovno (French Invasion of Russia) 
1813 - Battle of Maya; Battle of the Pyrenees begins (Peninsular War) 
1814 – Battle of Lundy’s Lane (War of 1812) 
1861 – Engagement at Mesilla (US Civil War) 
1862 – Action at Courtland Bridge (US Civil War) 
1864 – Federal expedition against Sioux in Dakota Territory begins (US Civil War)
 Railroad Mortar at Petersburg, Virginia., July 25, 1864. "The Dictator."
1868 - Siege of Humaita ends (Paraguayan War) (partly Naval) 
1898 – Battle of Manila begins; Invasion of Puerto Rico begins (Spanish-American War) 
1937 - Battle of Brunete ends (Spanish Civil War); Battle of Beiping-Tianjin begins (Second Sino-Japanese War) 
1938 – Battle of the Ebro begins (Spanish Civil War) 
1942 – Germans take Rostov (WWII) 
1943 – Mussolini is arrested and Italy forms a new government (WWII) 
1944 – Operation Cobra begins (WWII)
 Troops of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles near Ifs, France, 25 July 1944.

U.S. government press photo of Irving Berlin aboard the USS Arkansas, July 25, 1944.
1945 – USS Indianapolis delivers Uraniaum-235 for an atomic bomb to Tinian (WWII) (Naval) 
2004 – Battle of Buhriz (Iraq War)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today in military history: July 24, 2014

1132 - Battle of Nocera (Italy) 
1261 – Recapture of Constantinople begins (Byzantine Empire) 
1411 – Battle of Harlaw (Scotland)
 Example of knights of the period -
Poltalloch Stones; grave slabs from the Poltalloch Estate 
dating from the late 14th and 15th centuries. 
Kilmartin Glen, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
This file is licensed under the Creative Commons  
Attribution: Postdlf from w
1505 – Capture of Kilwa (Voyage of the 7th Portuguese India Armada) (partly Naval)
1702 – Revolt of the Protestants begins (France)

Interview between Jean Cavalier, chief Camisard, and
 Claude Louis Hector de Villars, Marshall of France, Nimes, May 16, 1704.  
(Regarding the Protestant Revolt)   
1712 – Battle of Denain (War of the Spanish Succession)
 Battle of Denain (with focus apparently on Claude Louis Hector de Villars) 
- 19th century painting by Raymond Monvoisin

1779 - Penobscot Expedition begins (American revolutionary War) (Naval) 
1860 - Battle of Milazzo ends (Expedition of the Thousand) 
1862 – Battle of Trinity (US Civil War) 
1863 – Second Battle of Kernstown; Battle of Big Mound (US Civil War) 
1864 – Battle of Kernstown (US Civil War) 
1915 – Battle of Nasiriyeh ends (WWI) 
1943 – Raids on Hamburg begin (Air); Americans take Cefalu, Sicily (WWII) 
1944 – Battle of Tinian begins; First use of napalm during Pacific War fighting; Soviets take Lublin and area of Majdanek Concentration Camp (WWII) 
1945 – US and British carrier forces resume attacks on Japan (WWII) (Naval) 
1953 – Attack on Boulder City begins (Korean War)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Today in military history: July 23, 2014

1148 – Siege of Damascus begins (Second Crusade) 
1448 - Battle of Scutari (Albanian-Venetian War of 1447-1448) 
1759 – Battle of Kay (Seven Years’ War) 
1793 – Siege of Mainz ends (French Revolutionary War) 
1812 - Battle of Saltanovka (also Mogilev) (French Campaign in Russia) 
1814 – Raid up the St. Mary’s River begins (War of 1812) 
1836 – Seminole raid on Cape Florida Lighthouse 
1863 – Battle of Manassas Gap (US Civil War) 
1864 – Federal operations against Indians in New Mexico Territory begins (US Civil War) 
1898 – Battle of Manimani (Spanish-American War) 
1970 – Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord ends (Vietnam War) 
1916 – Battle of Pozieres begins (WWI) 
1920 – Battle of Maysalun (Franco-Syrian War) 
1943 – Americans take Trapani and Marsala, Sicily (WWII)
 Captured German Kettenkrad tracked motorcycle, 23 July 1943, Sicily

 5.5-inch gun of 212nd Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery, in action in Sicily, 23 July 1943.

Churchill tank of the North Irish Horse during the advance towards Florence, 23 July 1944

1944 – Soviets take Pskov (WWII) 
2006 – Battle of Bint Jbeil begins (2006 Lebanon War)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Today in military history: July 22, 2014

838 - Battle of Anzen (Arab-Byzantine Wars) 
1209 –  Massacre at Beziers (Albigensian Crusade) 
1227 – Battle of Bornhoved (Danish-German War)
 13th century painting - Battle of Bornhoved

1298 – Battle of Falkirk (First War of Scottish Independence)
1456 – Siege of Belgrade ends (Ottoman wars in Europe)
 Mehmed II assaulting the fortress of Belgrade - Siege of Belgrade (1456)
1484 – Battle of Lochmaben Fair (also Kirtle) (Anglo-Scottish Wars) 
1499 - Battle of Dornach (Swabian War)
1832  lithograph by Maximilian Neustuck - Swiss warriors fighting near Dornach Castle

1841 illustration by Martin Disteli - The Confederates surprise attack on the Imperial troops' camp where they are enjoying sensual pleasures until they are attacked. 
1555- Battle of Sirind (India) 
1631 - Battle of Werben (Thirty Years’ War) 
1646 – Siege of Worcester ends (First English Civil War) 
1691 – Battle of Aughrim (Williamite War in Ireland) 
1739 – Battle of Grocka (Ottoman-Hapsburg Wars) 
1779 – Battle of Minisink ends (American Revolutionary War) 
1790 – Second Battle of Svensksund (also Rochensalm) ends (Russo-Swedish War of 1788-1790) (Naval) 
1795 – War of the Pyrenees ends (War of the First Coalition) 
1812 – Battle of Salamanca (Peninsular War) 
1864 – Battle of Atlanta; Siege of Atlanta begins (US Civil War) 
1918 – Battle of Soissons ends (WWI) 
1921 – Battle of Annual begins (Rif War) 
1943 – Americans take Palermo, Sicily (WWII) 
1944 – Belorussians take Chelm (WWII) 
1970 – Cambodian Campaign ends (Vietnam War)