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On this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivers his famous Gettysburg Address. The president's critics initially dismiss the 90-second speech as "ludicrous" and "silly." It will later be held up as the most brilliant piece of oratory in U.S. history. #OTD
On this day in 1942, the Soviets unleash an offensive against the German army in Stalingrad. Operation Uranus, which involves 1.1 million troops, 800 tanks and 13,000 guns, results in the total encirclement of all Axis forces inside the city.
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On this day in 1916, the Allies abandon their costly Somme offensive. More than a million men became casualties in the 140-day battle.
Today in 1812, Napoleon's retreating army is mauled by the Russians at Krasnoi. Amid the fighting, Marshal Ney famously grabs a musket and helps cover the French withdrawal. The action makes him a legend among the rank-and-file and earns him the nickname "Bravest of the Brave."
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The Battle of Fort Washington — Inside One of the Continental Army’s Worst Defeats of the Revolutionary War wp.me/p42Qr6-7MB
Meet "Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl" — aka Veronica Foster — Canada's version of "Rosie the Riveter." In 1941, the 19-year-old Toronto factory worker became the face of the country's wartime munitions industry.
On this day in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson tells the American public that victory in the Vietnam War is in sight. "We are inflicting greater losses than we're taking," he proclaims in a televised address to the nation. "We are making progress."
Today in 1796, a 27-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte leads France's Army of Italy to victory against the Austrians at Arcole. In the three-day battle's most celebrated moment, the future French emperor reportedly grabs a flag and waves his troops on before aides pull him to safety.
On this day in 1810, Sweden declares war on Great Britain. Reluctantly forced into it by Napoleon, Stockholm takes absolutely no military action against the United Kingdom. (Accordingly, here's a pic from the era of Swedes not fighting.)
On this day in 1939, the Nazis shut down all universities in Czechoslovakia. 1,200 students are rounded up and sent to concentration camps for protesting the German occupation. #InternationalStudentsDay will be later established to commemorate these events.
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On this day in 1940, the Nazis wall off the Warsaw Ghetto. As many as 400,000 Jews will be confined to the 1.3 square mile district where they will be systematically brutalized, starved and rounded up for deportation to death camps.
On this day in 1532, Francisco Pizarro and 180 Spanish soldiers defeat 80,000 Incan warriors encamped at Cajamarca, Peru. The massive army breaks and scatters after the conquistadores take Emperor Atahualpa by surprise during a peaceful parlay and clap him in irons.
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During the American Revolution, smallpox prompted George Washington to enact the 1st #VaccineMandate, (well, an inoculation mandate). By 1778, 40,000+ soldiers were inoculated. Infection rates dropped to 1%, convincing Congress to repeal variolation bans. nationalgeographic.com/history/articl…
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On this day in 1864, Sherman begins his famous March to the Sea. For 35 days, Union troops cut a path of destruction through the South from Atlanta to Savannah.
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On this day in 1956, the first contingent of UN Peacekeepers arrive in Egypt following the Suez Crisis.
On this day in 2001, an American drone kills several al-Qaida operatives in Afghanistan with a Hellfire missile. It's history's first successful Predator strike.
On this day in 1910, Eugene Burton Ely launches his Curtiss pusher bi-plane from the deck of the USS Birmingham in Hampton Roads, Virginia and becomes the first pilot in history to takeoff from a ship.
On this day in 1965, 1,000 American troops are in action in Vietnam's Ia Drang Valley. It's the first major battle between the U.S. Army and communist NVA.
On this day in 1941, the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal is torpedoed in the Mediterranean by the German submarine U-81. Only one sailor is killed in the attack, but the ship will sink the following day.
On this day in 1002, the English ruler Æthelred the Unræd (or "poorly advised") orders the slaughter of all male Danes in his kingdom fearing that they are plotting his overthrow. He later describes what becomes known as the St. Brice Day Massacre as "a most just extermination."
On this day in 1944, 30 RAF Lancasters sink the German battleship Tirpitz near Tromsø, Norway.
RIGHT NOW in 1918, the guns fall silent on the Western Front signalling the end of the War to End All Wars. #WW1
RIGHT NOW in 1918, German and Allied delegates sign the WW1 Armistice in a railway carriage at Compiègne, France. It goes into effect at 11 a.m.
Showdown at Jutland — How Intrigue and Feuding among the Kaiser and his Admirals Led to WW1’s Greatest Sea Battle militaryhistorynow.com/2021/11/10/sho…
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On this day in 1865, the former commandant of the Confederate army POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia is executed for his role in the deaths of nearly 13,000 Union prisoners held there. Major Henry Wirz is one of only three Rebels to be executed for war crimes.
On this day in 1775, Congress establishes the Continental Marines, the precursor to the USMC.
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On this day in 1914, the German cruiser SMS Emden is sunk off Direction Island after terrorizing merchant shipping in the Indian Ocean since the summer. Read about the vessel's remarkable campaign here: militaryhistorynow.com/2013/05/08/the…
On this day in 1918, 50 sailors perish as HMS Britannia is torpedoed by a German U-Boat off Trafalgar. The sinking comes just two days before the Armistice.
On this day in 1799, a 30-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte overthrows France's revolutionary regime and becomes the country's First Consul. Five years later, he'll crown himself emperor.
On this day in 1979, a faulty computer terminal at NORAD shows what appears to be a surprise Soviet nuclear launch against the United States. American forces go on full alert and prepare to retaliate before the glitch is discovered. See: militaryhistorynow.com/2014/03/12/clo…
On this day in 1938, Nazi stormtroopers attack Jewish homes and businesses across Germany. Tens of thousands are targeted and 100 die in what will be remembered as "Kristallnacht" or "Night of the Broken Glass." The moment is often seen as the beginning of the Holocaust.
On this day in 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II gives up the German throne and goes into exile. He dies in the Netherlands in 1941 at the age of 82.
On this day in 1989, the Berlin Wall comes down. The infamous barrier between East and West stood for exactly 10,315 days.
Rumours of War – Five Outlandish Lies Spun by WW1 Propagandists militaryhistorynow.com/2013/10/28/pho…
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Life and Death at Valley Forge — 10 Surprising Facts About the Revolutionary War’s Darkest Winter “Entire regiments were without shoes, and visitors were astonished to find half-naked and barefoot American sentries manning guard posts.” militaryhistorynow.com/2018/12/02/six…
On this day in 1861, the United States risks war with Great Britain as a boarding party from an American warship removes Confederate diplomats from the Royal Mail Ship Trent. London responds by sending troops to Canada.
On this day in 1811, U.S. troops clash with Indigenous American warriors at Tippecanoe, Indiana Territory. The battle sets the stage for the War of 1812.
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