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French & Indian War: Louisbourg Under Siege
June 8-July 26, 1758 - British forces conduct the Siege of Louisbourg. Captured by colonial American forces in 1745, the fortress of Louisbourg was
War of 1812: A Belated 4th of July Present
July 5, 1814 - American forces defeat the British at the Battle of Chippawa (right). After several months of rigorous training under the watchful eye of
World War I 101: An Introduction to the Great War
World War I commenced in August 1914 after a series of events sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Initially arranged in
French & Indian War: Braddock Routed
July 9, 1755 - British troops under Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock (right) are routed at the Battle of the Monongahela. Following Lt. Col. George Washington's
American Civil War E-Course
Have you always wanted to learn more about the American Civil War? Have you wondered why it's one of the most popular topics in military and American
War in Afghanistan: Assault on Tora Bora
Fought in early December 2001, the Battle of Tora Bora saw Coalition and Afghan forces attacking the Tora Bora cave complex in the White Mountains near the
Hundred Years' War: Final Battle at Castillon
July 17, 1453 - French troops win the Battle of Castillon - the last major engagement of the Hundred Years' War. In the wake of the French capture of Bordeaux
Second War of Scottish Independence: Douglas Destroyed
July 19, 1333 - Edward III triumphs over the Scots at the Battle of Halidon Hill. Marching north in 1333, King Edward III sought to reclaim English supremacy
World War II E-Course
Have you always wanted to learn more about World War II? Have you wondered why it's one of the most popular topics in military and world history? Here
Napoleonic Wars: Salamanca Stunner
July 22, 1812 - Viscount Wellington (left) triumphs at the Battle of Salamanca. Advancing into Spain in 1812, Wellington eventually encountered French
Wars of the French Revolution: Nelson Loses an Arm
July 22-25, 1797 - Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson (right) is defeated at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Dispatched to capture Tenerife by Admiral Sir
World War I: A Preventable War
World War I was the result of several decades of increasing tensions in Europe due to rising nationalism, imperial pursuits, and arms proliferation. These
American Civil War: Rock of Chickamauga is Born
July 31, 1816 - Future General George H. Thomas (right) is born at Newsom's Depot, VA. Graduating from West Point in 1840, Thomas saw service during the
Vietnam War: Shots in the Gulf of Tonkin
August 2 & 4, 1964 - US ships encounter North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (right). On August 2, the destroyer USS Maddox was
World War II: Saboteurs Sabotaged
August 8, 1942 - Six German agents associated with Operation Pastorius are executed in Washington, DC. With the American entry into World War II, the
First Crusade: Crusaders at Ascalon
August 12, 1099 - Crusaders win the Battle of Ascalon (right). In the weeks following the loss of Jerusalem in July 1099, the Fatimids assembled an army in
World War II: Atlantic Charter Issued
August 14, 1941 - Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt (right) issue the Atlantic Charter during World War II. With the
American Revolution: Blood at Blue Licks
August 19, 1782 - Kentucky militia are routed at the Battle of Blue Licks. After failing to mount an expedition against Wheeling, Capt. William Caldwell moved
Iraq War: Battling for Najaf
Advancing into Iraq in late March 2003, Coalition forces initially bypassed Iraqi cities in an effort to take Baghdad. Reaching Najaf, located at a key point
Hundred Years' War: Longbow Dominates at Crécy
August 26, 1346 - King Edward III triumphs at the Battle of Crécy (right). Invading Normandy in the summer of 1346, Edward pressed east towards the Seine.
Words from War: Words from the High Seas
We continue our Words from War series with words and terms that were used in the Golden Age of Piracy: Weather Gage Prize Crew Buccaneer (right)
70 Years Ago Today
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II. The largest conflict in history, World War II consumed the globe between 1939 and 1945. On
Roman Civil Wars: Antony Flees at Actium
September 2, 31 BC - Mark Antony's fleet is destroyed at the Battle of Actium. Following several years of increasing tensions, Octavian and Mark Antony began
American Revolution E-Course
Have you always wanted to learn more about the American Revolution? Have you wondered why it remains a popular topic in military history? Here is your
War of 1812: Bombs Bursting in Air
September 13/14, 1814 - British forces attack Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor (right). While the Star-Spangled Banner was officially made the national
American Revolution: The Turning Point
September 19, 1777 - American and British forces open the Battle of Saratoga at Freeman's Farm. In 1777, Maj. Gen. John Burgoyne commenced a plan to sever
World War I: 1915 - A Stalemate Ensues
World War I 1915 - With the beginning of trench warfare on the Western Front, Britain and France sought to break through the German lines. Wishing to focus
Vietnam War: The Conflict in Pictures
The Vietnam War defined a generation and was one of the first major conflicts to be covered extensively by all types of modern media. Lasting from
Gallic Wars: Vercingetorix Surrenders
September-October 52 BC - Julius Caesar wins the Battle of Alesia. Entering Gaul in 52 BC to put down a Gallic revolt by Vercingetorix, Julius Caesar
World War II: Raid Reprisals
October 10, 1943 - Japanese forces begin arrests in the Double Tenth Incident as reprisal for Operation Jaywick. The brainchild of Major Ivan Lyon, Operation
Antebellum: John Brown Strikes
October 16-18, 1859 - Abolitionist John Brown (right) attacks the arsenal at Harpers Ferry, VA. A radical abolitionist, John Brown came to prominence during
World War II: Mustang Soars
October 26, 1940 - The North American P-51 Mustang (right) flies for the first time. Originally developed for the British, the P-51 became one of the iconic
American Revolution: Stamp Act in Effect
November 1, 1765 - The Stamp Act of 1765 takes effect. The Stamp Act was an attempt on the part of Parliament to raise taxes to fund the maintenance of
World War I: A War of Attrition
A big year on the Western Front, 1916 saw two of the bloodiest battles of the war as well as the Battle of Jutland, the only major clash between the British
Tecumseh's War: Harrison Stands at Tippecanoe
November 7, 1811 - Gen. William Henry Harrison (right) wins the Battle of Tippecanoe. In the wake of his failures to overturn the Treaty of Fort Wayne, the
Korean War: MiG-15
The MiG-15 (right) was the first truly effective jet fighter produced by the Soviet Union. Benefiting from Britain's willingness to share jet technology,
American Revolution: Fighting For Freedom
The battles of the American Revolution were fought as far north as Quebec and as far south as Savannah. As the war became global with the entry of France in
Military History Timeline: 1200s & 1300s
The fifth in our Military History Timeline Series, this timeline of the 13th and 14th centuries provides an overview of some of greatest conflicts of the
World War II: Patton Born
November 11, 1885 - General George S. Patton, Jr. (right) is born at San Gabriel, CA. The descendent of Brig. Gen. Hugh Mercer and several Confederate
World War II: The Desert Fox
November 15, 1891 - Erwin Rommel (right) is born at Heidenheim, Germany. Entering the army in 1910, Rommel saw service on multiple fronts during World War I
Indian Rebellion of 1857: Lucknow Relieved (Again)
November 16, 1857 - British forces at the Siege of Lucknow are relieved for the second time. With the outbreak of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, British forces
Civil War: Hood Marches His Army to its Doom
November 22, 1864 - Confederate General John Bell Hood's (right) Army of Tennessee enters Tennessee en route to its destruction. Born in Kentucky, Hood
World War II: End of the French Fleet
November 27, 1942 - In response to Operation Lila, the French Navy scuttles its fleet at Toulon (right). Concentrated at Toulon after the Fall of France, the
Seven Years' War: Frederick's Greatest Triumph
December 5, 1757 - Prussian forces under Frederick the Great (right) win the Battle of Leuthen. Returning east after his decisive victory at Rossbach,
World War I: 1917 - America Joins the Fight
Their offensive capability spent at Verdun, the Germans opened 1917 by falling back to a strong position known as the Hindenburg Line. The Allied cause was
World War I: Allenby Enters Jerusalem
December 11, 1917 - Field Marshal Edmund Allenby (right) enters Jerusalem on foot. Graduating from Sandhurst in 1881, Allenby saw extensive service in South
World War I: 1918 - A Battle to the Death
With troops from the Eastern Front freed for service in the west, German General Erich Ludendorff sought to inflict a decisive blow on the tired British and
Military History Timelines: 1400s & 1500s
The fourth in our Military History Timeline Series, this timeline of the 15th and 16th centuries provides an overview of some of greatest conflicts of the
World War I: Seeds of Future Conflict Sown
Opening in January 1919, the Paris Peace Conference was convened to draft the treaties that would officially end the war. Dominated by David Lloyd George
War of 1812: Victory at New Orleans
December 23, 1814-January 8, 1815 - American forces under Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson win the Battle of New Orleans. In December 1814, VAdm. Sir Alexander
The Anarchy: David Defeated
Advancing into England in January 1138, King David I of Scotland sought to aid his neice Matilda in her quest for the English throne as well as acquire
Hundred Years' War: Edward III is Proclaimed King of France
January 26, 1340 - Edward III of England (right) is proclaimed King of France at Ghent. Born in 1312, Edward was the grandson of the great warrior king
World War II Battles
The battles of the World War II were fought across the globe from the fields of Western Europe and the Russian plains to the China and the waters of the
Mexican-American War: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
February 2, 1848 - The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed formally ending the Mexican-American War. Negotiated in the wake of Gen. Winfield Scott's
World War II: Altmark Boarded
February 16, 1940 - The Altmark Incident occurs in neutral Norwegian waters. Having served as the supply ship for the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee prior
Photo Gallery: American Fighters of World War II
At the outbreak of World War II the United States possessed a variety of fighters, many of which were inferior to their Axis opposition. As the war
War of 1812: Causes of Conflict
Tensions between the United States and Great Britain increased during the first decade of the 19th century due to issues involving trade and impressment of
Mexican-American War: Going Ashore at Veracruz
March 9, 1847 - American troops land at Collado Beach and prepare for the siege of Veracruz (right). After several victories in northeast Mexico, American
War of 1812: Surprises at Sea & Ineptitude on Land
With the outbreak of war, the United States began mobilizing forces to invade Canada. At sea, the fledgling US Navy quickly won several stunning victories
Punitive Expedition: Pershing Crosses the Border
March 15, 1916 - Brigadier General John J. Pershing leads American troops across the border during the Punitive Expedition (right). In the wake of Pancho
World War II: Fighting Rages on Iwo
February 19-March 26, 1945 - American forces fight the Battle of Iwo Jima (right). Landing on February 19, 1945, the Marines of the V Amphibious Corps
American Civil War: Fighting Begins at Bentonville
March 19-21, 1865- The Battle of Bentonville begins in North Carolina. Advancing into North Carolina, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman split his army into two
World War II: The "Jumping General" is Born
March 22, 1907 - Future Lt. Gen. James M. Gavin (right) is born in Brooklyn, NY. Adopted at age two, Gavin ran away at age 17 to join the army. Recognized
War of 1812: Success at Lake Erie, Failure Elsewhere
The second year of war saw American fortunes around Lake Erie improve. Building a fleet at Erie, PA, Master Commandant Oliver H. Perry defeated a British
Creek War: Jackson Wins at Horseshoe Bend
March 27, 1814 - Major General Andrew Jackson leads American forces to victory at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Encouraged by Tecumseh, as well as the British
World War II: Weapons
It is often said that few things advance technology and innovation as quickly as war. World War II was no different as each side worked tirelessly to develop
American Civil War: Lee Abandons Petersburg
April 2, 1865 - Union forces win the Battle of Petersburg (right) and force Gen. Robert E. Lee to abandon the city. Following his setback at Cold Harbor, Lt.
World War II: German Tiger I Tank
Entering service in late 1942, the German Tiger I tank was designed in response to the superiority of Allied armor in the early days of World War II.
World War II: Allied Failure in Greece
April 6, 1941 - German forces (right) open the Battle of Greece. Having desired to stay neutral, Greece was dragged into World War II in October 1940 when it
World War II: The Bristol Blenheim Takes Flight
April 12, 1935 - The Bristol Blenheim (right) flies for the first time. First conceived in 1933 by Frank Barnwell, the Blenheim was sped to fruition by the
World War II: Yamamoto Shot Down
April 18, 1943 - US aircraft shoot down and kill Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto (right) in Operation Vengeance. Utilizing intercepted and decoded Japanese radio
American Revolution: Boston Besieged
April 19, 1775 - American forces begin the siege of Boston. Pursuing British forces after the Battles of Lexington & Concord, American colonial forces
Cold War: Khrushchev Demands U-2 Apology
May 16, 1960 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev demands an apology for US U-2 spy plane (right) flights over the Soviet Union. Developed by Kelly Johnson's
World War II: HMS Hood Sunk, Bismarck Escapes
May 24, 1941 - HMS Hood is sunk at the Battle of the Denmark Strait (right). Sailing from Norway with the new battleship Bismarck and new heavy cruiser
American Revolution: Tarleton at Waxhaws
May 29, 1780 - Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton (right) wins the controversial Battle of Waxhaws. Following the fall of Charleston in May 1780, Tarleton was
World War II: Fighting on Okinawa Ends
June 22, 1945 - The Battle of Okinawa (right) ends after nearly three months of fighting. Seeking a base near Japan, the Allies began operations against
Hundred Years' War: Henry's Band of Brothers at Agincourt
The Battle of Agincourt saw the forces of King Henry V of England win a decisive victory over the French. Crossing the Channel in August 1415, Henry quickly
World War II: The Zero's Nemesis
June 26, 1942 - The Grumman F6F Hellcat (right) flies for the first time. Beginning prior to Pearl Harbor, designers at Grumman sought to create a
World War I: Treaty of Versailles Signed
June 28, 1919 - The Treaty of Versailles is signed. The result of the Paris Peace Conference, the Treaty of Versailles imposed a harsh peace upon Germany.
French & Indian War: British Repulsed at Fort Carillon
July 8, 1758 - British troops are turned back during the Battle of Carillon (right). Advancing up Lake George with overwhelming numbers, Maj. Gen. James
Pontiac's Rebellion: British Hold at Bushy Run
August 5-6, 1763 - British troops win the Battle of Bushy Run. With the outbreak of Pontiac's Rebellion in the spring of 1763, Native American forces laid
War of 1812: Bloody Draw at Lundy's Lane
July 25, 1814 - American and British troops clash at the Battle of Lundy's Lane. Advancing after winning the Battle of Chippawa on July 5, American forces
World War II: B-25 Mitchell Hits the Empire State Building
July 28, 1945 - A B-25 Mitchell bomber (right) accidently collides with the Empire State Building. Flown by Lt. Col. William Franklin Smith, the B-25 was
French & Indian War: Causes & War in the Wilderness
In the early 1750s, the British colonies in North America began pushing west over the Allegheny Mountains. This brought them into conflict with the French
Cold War: The Peacemaker Takes to the Sky
August 8, 1946 - The Convair B-36 Peacemaker (right) first flies. Responding to the US Army Air Corps' needs for a very long-range bomber in 1941,
Persian Wars: Greeks Stand at Thermopylae
August 480 BC - Greek troops fight the Battle of Thermopylae. Having been defeated by the Greeks at Marathon in 490 BC, the Persians returned to Greece ten
World War II: Mitsubishi G3M "Nell"
August 14, 1937 - Several Mitsubishi G3M Nell bombers (right) are downed by the Nationalist Chinese Air Force during raids over China. Conceived by Adm.
Northwest Indian War: Wayne Wins at Fallen Timbers
August 20, 1794 - Maj. Gen. Anthony Wayne (right) wins the Battle of Fallen Timbers. Educated as a surveyor, Wayne was appointed colonel of the 4th
Peninsular War: Wellesley Holds at Vimeiro
August 21, 1808 - Lt. Gen. Sir Arthur Wellesley wins the Battle of Vimeiro. Landing in Portugal in early August 1808, Wellesley assumed a position near the
War of 1812: Winder Routed at Bladensburg
August 24, 1814 - Brig. Gen. William Winder (right) is defeated at the Battle of Bladensburg. Pressing up the Chesapeake Bay, British forces under Maj.
Persian Wars: Greeks Triumph at Plataea
August 479 BC - Greek forces crush the Persians at the Battle of Plataea. In 480 BC, Persian forces led by Xerxes invaded Greece. Winning at Thermopylae, they
World War I: Russians Crushed at Tannenberg
August 23-30, 1914 - German forces win the Battle of Tannenberg. Having suffered in the early engagements on the Eastern Front of World War I, the German high
World War I: Allies Stand at the Marne
September 6-12, 1914 - Allied forces halt the Germans at the First Battle of the Marne. With the beginning of World War I, German forces drove through
Thirty Years' War: Gustavus Adolphus at Breitenfeld
September 17, 1631 - Gustavus Adolphus (right) triumphs at the Battle of Breitenfeld. Crossing the Baltic Sea in 1630, Gustavus and Swedish forces entered
Wars of the French Revolution: The Guns of Valmy
September 20, 1792 - French forces win the Battle of Valmy. Advancing into France, the Duke of Brunswick led an Allied force tasked with capturing Paris and
American Revolution: André Captured - Arnold Exposed
September 23, 1780 - Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold's (right) plot to surrender West Point is exposed following the capture of Maj. John André. Beginning the
Mexican-American War: Taylor Takes Monterrey
September 21-24, 1846 - American forces under Major General Zachary Taylor win the Battle of Monterrey (right). Having won victories at Palo Alto and
Ancient Egypt: Chariots Attack at Kadesh
1274 BC - Egyptian and Hittite forces clash at the Battle of Kadesh. Advancing north to reclaim lost lands, Ramses II neared Kadesh with an army consisting of
Wars of Alexander the Great: Persians Crushed at Gaugamela
October 1, 331 BC - Alexander the Great triumphs at the Battle of Gaugamela. Advancing across Syria in 331 BC, Alexander sought to topple the Persian Empire.
The Crusades: Richard vs. Saladin at Arsuf
Having captured Acre in the summer of 1191, Crusader forces began moving south along the coast with the goal of seizing Jaffa. Led by Richard I the Lionheart
War of 1812: Sir Isaac Brock Born
October 6, 1769 - Major General Sir Isaac Brock (right) is born in Guernsey. Born to a middle class family, Brock entered the British Army at age 15 when
World War I: York on the Attack
October 8, 1918 - Corporal Alvin C. York (right) captures 132 Germans in the Argonne. Born to an impoverished Tennessee family, Alvin York was raised as an
World War II: German Troops Occupy the Sudetenland
October 10, 1938 - As a result of the Munich Agreement, German troops complete their occupation of the Sudetenland. Having successfully claimed Austria in
American Revolution: Arnold Afloat at Valcour Island
October 11, 1776 - Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold fights a British fleet at the Battle of Valcour Island (right). Having retreated south from Canada, American
Wars of Alexander the Great: Alexander at Tyre
Advancing south along the Mediterranean after his victories at Granicus and Issus, Alexander the Great laid siege to the island city of Tyre. Unable to strike
Second War of Scottish Independence: David Taken at Neville's Cross
October 17, 1346 - David II of Scotland is captured at the Battle of Neville's Cross. In mid-1346, Edward III crossed the Channel and invaded France. Marching
World War II: Grumman TBF Avenger
Developed in response to a 1939 US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics request for a new torpedo/level bomber, the Grumman TBF Avenger first flew in 1941.
American Civil War: Union Disaster at Ball's Bluff
October 21, 1861 - Union troops are defeated at the Battle of Ball's Bluff. Operating on poor intelligence, Union forces under Col. Charles Devens moved across
American Civil War: Old Pete
Born in 1821, James Longstreet earned the nickname Peter from his father due to his rocklike personality. Known as Pete or Old Pete, he entered West
French & Indian/Seven Years' War: 1758-1759: The Tide Turns
Regrouping in North America, the British succeeded in capturing Louisbourg and Fort Duquesne in 1758, but suffered a bloody repulse at Fort Carillon. The
Northwest Indian War: St. Clair Routed on the Wabash
November 4, 1791 - Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair's (right) small army is routed at the Battle of the Wabash. In the wake of early American defeats during the
American Civil War: Battlefield Photos
Fought 1861-1865, the American Civil War was the result of decades of sectional tensions between the North and South. Focused on slavery and states rights,
Crusades: Fatimids Surrender Jerusalem
Having taken Antioch in 1098, Crusader forces under Raymond of Toulouse and Godfrey of Bouillon moved against Jerusalem the following year. Advancing down the
Vietnam War: Fighting at Ia Drang
November 14-18, 1965 - American forces fight the Battle of Ia Drang (right). Landing at LZ X-Ray on November 14, Lt. Col. Hal Moore's 1st Battalion/7th
World War II: Monty Born
November 17, 1887 - Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (right) is born in London. Raised in Northern Ireland and Tasmania, Montgomery graduated from
World War II: Allies Hit Tarawa
November 20-23, 1943 - American forces invade Tarawa (right). Beginning an island-hopping campaign across the Pacific, US forces moved to strike at
Privateers & Pirates: Blackbeard Killed
November 22, 1718 - The pirate Blackbeard (right) is killed by the Royal Navy. One of the most feared pirates of all time, Edward Teach was active in the
Northern Crusades: Victory on the Ice
Fought April 5, 1242, the Battle of the Ice saw Russian forces turn back the Crusaders. Attacking the Russian state of Novgorod in 1240 Crusader forces were
American Revolution: Preliminary Treaty of Paris Signed
November 30, 1782 - American and British delegates sign the preliminary Treaty of Paris (right). In the wake of the defeat at the Battle of Yorktown, the
Words From War: Castles
We continue our Words from War series with a look at several terms that pertain to castles: Keep (right) Curtain Embrasure Postern Photo
World War II: SB2C Helldiver Rolled Out
December 13, 1940 - The prototype of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver (right) is rolled out. Designed as a replacement for the SBD Dauntless, the SB2C was
Byzantine-Ottoman Wars: Constantinople Falls
Ascending to the Ottoman throne in 1451, Mehmed II quickly began making preparations for a campaign against the Byzantine capital of Constantinople. Besieged
Napoleonic Wars: Thomas Cochrane Born
December 14, 1775 - The future Admiral Thomas Cochrane (right) is born at Annsfield, Scotland. Rising through the ranks, Cochrane was promoted to commander
American Civil War: Johnston Takes Command
December 16, 1863 - Gen. Joseph E. Johnston (right) takes command of the Army of Tennessee from Gen. Braxton Bragg. Graduating from West Point in 1829,
World War II: Photographs - North Africa & Europe
The bloodiest conflict in history, World War II consumed the globe from 1939 to 1945. World war II was fought predominantly in Europe and across the Pacific
World War II: Black Christmas in Hong Kong
December 25, 1941 - Following the Battle of Hong Kong, British troops are forced to surrender the colony to the Japanese (right). Despite Japanese advances
American Revolution: Triumph at Trenton
December 26, 1776 - Troops under Gen. George Washington win the Battle of Trenton (right). Having been beaten in the battles for New York City, Washington
French & Indian/Seven Years' War: 1760-1763
Ably defending Hanover, the Duke of Brunswick (right) beat the French at Warburg in 1760, and triumphed again at Villinghausen a year later. To the east,
American Civil War: Meade Born
December 31, 1815 - Future Maj. Gen. George G. Meade is born at Cadiz, Spain. Graduating from West Point in 1835, Meade briefly saw service in Florida
French & Indian War: James Wolfe Born
January 2, 1727 - Maj. Gen. James Wolfe is born in Kent. Following his father into the military at age 13, Wolfe saw extensive action on the Continent
French & Indian/Seven Years' War: Aftermath - An Empire Gained, An Empire Lost
Having sustained repeated defeats, France began to sue for peace in late 1762. As most participants were suffering from financial crises due to the cost of
Napoleonic Wars: Wellington Wins at Waterloo
Returning from exile in Elba, Napoleon quickly rebuilt his army in the spring 1815. Seeking a quick victory to consolidate his return to power, he moved
World War II: The Avro Lancaster First Flies
January 9, 1941 - The Avro Lancaster (right) flies for the first time. Derived from the unsuccessful Avro Manchester medium bomber, the Lancaster entered
The Gulf War - 20th Anniversary
January 17, 1991 - Coalition aircraft (right) begin offensive operations against Iraq during the Gulf War. The Gulf War began on August 2, 1990 when Saddam
Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War: Teutonic Knights Beaten at Grunwald
In response to Lithuanian support for a rebellion in Samogitia, the Teutonic Knights went to war with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Kingdom of Poland in
American Civil War: Frémont Born
January 21, 1813 - Future explorer, senator, and presidential candidate Major General John C. Frémont (right) is born. Raised in Savannah, GA, Frémont
World War II: MacArthur Born
January 26, 1880 - Future Gen. Douglas MacArthur (right) is born at Little Rock, AR. One of the most famous and controversial American soldiers of the 20th
Mahdist War: "Chinese" Gordon Born
January 28, 1833 - Major General Charles Gordon (right) is born at Woolwich, London. Commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1852, Gordon saw service
World War II: Victory at Stalingrad
February 2, 1943- German troops surrender ending the Battle of Stalingrad (right). In the summer of 1942, German forces began offensive operations across
World War II: Douglas TBD Devastator
Often dubbed a failure due to its brief World War II service, the Douglas TBD Devastator was a revolutionary aircraft at the time of its introduction.
Napoleonic Wars: Duckworth Born
February 9, 1747 - Admiral Sir John Duckworth (right) is born. The son of a vicar, Duckworth briefly attended Eton before being encouraged to join the
World War II: Dresden Destroyed
February 13-15, 1945 - Allied aircraft conduct the Bombing of Dresden. Though checked at the Battle of the Bulge in the west and with the Soviets pressing
American Civil War: Hancock Born
February 14, 1824 - Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock (right) is born in Pennsylvania. Named for War of 1812 commander Winfield Scott, Hancock graduated from
American Revolution: Baron von Steuben Arrives
February 23, 1778 - Baron Friedrich von Steuben (right) arrives at Valley Forge. Born in 1730, von Steuben entered the Prussian Army at age sixteen.
American Revolution: The Swamp Fox Dies
February 26, 1795 - Brigadier General Francis Marion (right) dies in South Carolina. Born around 1732, Marion first saw military service during the French
US Navy: Disaster Aboard USS Princeton
February 28, 1844 - The massive Peacemaker gun explodes (right) aboard USS Princeton. Designed by Swedish inventor John Ericsson, Princeton was the US
World War I: Treaty of Brest-Litovsk Signed
March 3, 1918 - The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk (right) is signed taking Russia out of World War I. After a nearly a year of turmoil in Russia, the Bolsheviks
Age of Sail: Admiral Howe Born
March 8, 1726 - Future Admiral Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe (right) is born at London. The brother of noted generals George and William Howe, Richard
American Civil War: It Ends at Appomattox
April 9, 1865 - Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. Forced from Petersburg on April 2, Lee retreated west
Anglo-Spanish War: Drake Circles the Globe
April 4, 1581 - Francis Drake (right) is knighted aboard Golden Hind after circumnavigating the globe. During the voyage, Drake sailed further south than
French Intervention in Mexico: Mexicans Win on Cinco de Mayo!
May 5, 1862 - Mexican troops are victorious at the Battle of Puebla (right). After retreating in the face of advancing French troops, General Ignacio
American Civil War: Rosecrans Born
March 10, 1819 - Future Major General William Rosecrans (right) is born. Graduating from West Point in 1842, Rosecrans saw service with the Corps of
World War II: Kharkov Falls
March 15, 1943 - The Third Battle of Kharkov (right) ends in a German victory. Having won the Battle of Stalingrad, Soviet forces launched several
Words From War: Age of Sail - Ship Types
We continue our Words from War series with a look at several type of warships used during the Age of Sail: Ship of the Line Frigate (right) Sloop
World War II: Cunningham Wins at Cape Matapan
March 27-29, 1941 - Adm. Andrew Cunningham (left) wins the Battle of Cape Matapan. Born in 1883, Cunningham embarked on a naval career at the age of ten.
US Army: Colt M1911 Pistol Adopted
March 29, 1911 - The US Army formally adopts the Colt M1911 pistol (right) as its standard sidearm. In the 1890s the US Army began seeking a new
American Civil War: A.P. Hill Killed at Petersburg
April 2, 1865 - Lt. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill (right) is killed in the final actions at Petersburg. Born at Culpepper, VA in 1825, Hill entered West Point in
Cold War: Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
Designed to replace the C-133 Cargomaster and complement the new C-141 Starlifter, the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy (right) began development in 1961. Moving
World War II: The Battle for Berlin Begins
April 16, 1945 - Soviet troops open the Battle of Berlin (right). Attacking across the Oder River on April 16, Soviet forces endured four days of heavy
Cold War: Saab 37 Viggen
The Saab 37 Viggen entered service in 1971 as Sweden's newest attack aircraft. As with the earlier Saab 35 Draken, the Viggen featured a radical
World War II: The Sten Gun
During the early days of World War II, the British Army purchased large numbers of Thompson submachine guns from the United States under Lend-Lease. As
World War I/II: Pétain Born
April 24, 1851 - Marshal Philippe Pétain (right) is born at Cauchy-à-la-Tour, France. The son of a farmer, Pétain entered the French Army in 1876. His
American Civil War: Grant Born
April 27, 1822 - Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (right) is born at Point Pleasant, OH. Graduating from West Point in 1843, Grant was a middling student and was
Vietnam War: Fall of Saigon
The Fall of Saigon took place on April 30, 1975, when North Vietnamese troops captured the city. The Fall of Saigon marked an end to the Vietnam War and saw the country reunited under Communist rule. During the Fall of Saigon, US aircraft conducted a massive airlift to remove personnel and friendly civilians.
World War II: Corregidor Falls
The Battle of Corregidor was the final battle of the 1941-1942 defense of the Philippines during World War II.
Cold War: Harrier Introduced
A groundbreaking aircraft, the development of the Harrier began in the mid-1950s as engineers started to discuss the possibility of creating an engine with
The Korean War: A Forgotten Conflict
The Korean War was fought between 1950 and 1953 between South Korea and United Nations forces and North Korea and China. The Korean War began when North Korea invaded its neighbor in June 1950. Over the next three years, the Korean War saw both sides fight up and down the peninsula until an armistice took effect in July 1953.
American Revolution: Charleston Falls
The Siege of Charleston was fought March 29 to May 12, 1780, during the American Revolution. Landing near Charleston, British forces under Gen. Sir Henry Clinton laid siege to the city. The Siege of Charleston ended in a British victory when Maj. Gen. Benjamin Lincoln was forced to surrender.
World War II: Guderian Dies
Heinz Guderian was a notable German commander during World War II. A pioneer of armored warfare, Heinz Guderian developed and advocated the theory of blitzkrieg. Heinz Guderian saw service against Poland, France, and on the Eastern Front before moving through several staff positions.
World War I: Lawrence of Arabia Killed
T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia was a noted British officer during World War I. Assigned to aid the Arab Revolt, T.E. Lawrence became renown for his combat leadership and strategic planning. T.E. Lawrence earned international fame for his exploits and was key to the revolt's success.
War of the Pacific: Prat Killed at Iquique
Arturo Prat was noted Chilean naval officer who saw extensive service during the 19th century. Arturo Prat took part in naval actions against Spain and later against Peru in the War of the Pacific. While commanding the corvette Esmeralda, Arturo Prat was killed at the 1879 Battle of Iquique.
French & Indian War: Fort Niagara Falls
Fort Niagara was a key French post during the French & Indian War. The Battle of Fort Niagara began on July 6, 1759 when British troops laid siege to the post. Fort Niagara surrendered twenty days later after a relief force was beaten at the Battle of La Belle-Famille.
World War II: Breaking Out from Normandy
Operation Cobra was conducted from July 25 to 31, 1944, during World War II. Operation Cobra saw Allied forces concentrate for a breakout from the Normandy beachhead. Breaking through the German lines, Operation Cobra led to maneuver warfare in northern France and the creation of the Falaise Pocket.
Seven Years' War: Battle of Plassey
June 23, 1757 - 4,400 soldiers of the British East India Company defeat 50,000 men under Nawab Siraj Ud Daulah of Bengal at the Battle of Plassey. Fought
World War II: Operation Barbarossa Begins
We continue our overview of World War II with a look at the fighting on the Eastern Front. The largest front of the war, the Eastern Front saw brutal
Pequot War: Massacre Along the Mystic
The Pequot War was fought from 1634 to 1638 in present-day New England. The Pequot War saw colonists in Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, and their Native American allies battle the Pequot tribe. After several battles, the Pequots were defeated and the war ended.
World War II: HMS Hood Sunk
HMS Hood was a noted battlescruiser that entered service with the Royal Navy in 1920. HMS Hood was the pride of the British fleet for much of the interwar period and later took part in the 1940 attack on the French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. HMS Hood was sunk by the German battleship Bismarck during the Battle of the Denmark Strait in May 1941.
American Civil War: Beauregard Born
General P.G.T. Beauregard was a Confederate commander during the Civil War. General Beauregard earned early fame for the capture of Fort Sumter and victory at the First Battle of Bull Run. After being defeated at Shiloh, the difficult to work with General Beauregard moved through a series of secondary commands.
The Spanish-American War: "A splendid little war"
The Spanish-American War was fought in 1898 and saw the United States win a quick victory. The Spanish-American War began after the sinking of USS Maine and a campaign against Spanish atrocities in Cuba. During the Spanish-American War, the United States successfully invaded the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.
Civil War 150th: The Philippi Races
The Battle of Philippi was fought June 3, 1861, during the early days of the Civil War. Advancing into western Virginia Union forces attacked a Conderate force at Philippi. In the resulting Battle of Philippi, they routed the enemy and the engagement became known as the
Cold War: F-104 Collides with the XB-70
The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter was developed in the 1950s as an interceptor for the US Air Force. Though the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter's USAF career was short, it was used extensively by by reserve forces and foreign air forces. Sold in large numbers to the Luftwaffe, the F-104 Starfighter's poor safety record caused scandals as did bribes associated with its sale.
Cold War: First Ballistic Missile Submarine Launched
USS George Washington (SSBN-598) was the United States' first ballistic missile submarine. Launched in 1959, USS George Washington served in a nuclear deterrent role until 1982. For the last three years of its career, USS George Washington served as an attack submarine.
World War II: "The Most Dangerous Man in Europe" Born
Otto Skorzeny was a noted German commando leader during World War II. Otto Skorzeny conducted the rescue of Benito Mussolini in 1943 and later played a key role in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, Otto Skorzeny worked with ODESSA and as a security consultant.
England: Edward I Born
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World War II: America's Most Decorated World War II Soldier Born
Audie Murphy was the most decorated America soldier of World War II. Achieving the rank of first lieutenant, Audie Murphy received 33 decorations for his service in Europe. Audie Murphy won the Medal of Honor for his actions at Holtzwihr, France and later became a movie star.
Great Sioux War: Custer's Last Stand
The Battle of the Little Bighorn was fought June 25-26, 1876 during the Great Sioux War. Also known as
American Revolution: Charleston Saved by Fort Sullivan
The Battle of Sullivan's Island was fought June 28, 1776, during the American Revolution. Attacking Charleston, SC, the Battle of Sullivan's Island saw British naval forces bombard Fort Sullivan while troops attempted to assault it from the north. The Battle of Sullivan's Island resulted in an American victory and the British withdrew.
World War II: Anti-Hitler Beck Born
Colonel General Ludwig Beck was a German commander who served as chief of the general staff in the years before World War II. Ludwig Beck opposed Hitler's desire to go to war and resigned in August 1938. Continueing to oppose Hitler, Ludwig Beck was a player in the July 20 Plot.
World War II: Stuka Ace Rudel Born
The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was a noted dive bomber used by the Luftwaffe during World War II. Entering service in 1936, the Ju 87 Stuka was a feared and effective weapon during the early years of the war. The Ju 87 Stuka fell out of favor later in the war as Allied fighters improved.
Cold War: The AK-47 is Introduced
The AK-47 is an assault rifle that was developed for the Soviet Union. Designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 entered service in 1949. Extremely durable and inexpensive to manufacture, the AK-47 has been used in conflicts around the world and is the most-produced assault rifle ever made.
World War II: Saipan Secured
The Battle of Saipan was fought June 15 to July 9, 1944, during World War II. Advancing to the Marianas, American forces opened the Battle of Saipan by landing on the island's west coast. In several weeks of heavy fighting, American troops won the Battle of Saipan having destroyed the Japanese garrison.
Civil War: Forrest Born
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World War II: Trinity Test Successful
The Manhattan Project was the Allied effort to develop the atomic bomb during World War II. Led by Maj. Gen. Leslie Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Manhattan Project developed research facilities across the United States. The Manhattan Project was successful and made the atomic bombs used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
World War II: Talks at Potsdam
The Potsdam Conference was held July 17 to August 2, 1945, during the final days of World War II. Meeting in Potsdam, Germany, the
World War II: U-boats Retreat
The Battle of the Atlantic took place between 1939 and 1945 during World War II. The Battle of the Atlantic saw German U-boats attempt to cut off Britain by sinking merchant shipping. Though German U-boats inflicted heavy losses, Allied naval forces ultimately won the Battle of the Atlantic.
Banana Wars: Butler Born
Smedley Butler was noted major general in the US Marine Corps during early 20tu century. A two-time Medal of Honor winner, Smedley Butler saw service in the Caribbean and during World War I. Smedley Butler proved a controversial figure and later served as Director of Public Safety in Philadlephia.
King Philip's War Consumes New England
King Philip's War was fought in New England between 1675 and 1676. Beginning after a period of increasing tensions, King Philip's War saw King Philip (Metacomet) lead a Native American alliance against English settlers and other Native Americans. King Philip's War ended after King Phlip was killed in August 1675 though some skirmishing continued.
World War II: PT-109 Rammed
PT-109 was an 80-ft. patrol torpedo boat used by the US Navy during World War II. Commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, PT-109 was sunk by the destroyer Amagiri on August 2, 1943. Aftet the loss of PT-109, Kennedy went to great lengths to have his crew rescued.
Indian Wars: Miles Born
Nelson Miles was a noted American commander during the Civil War, Indian Wars, and Spanish American War.
World War II: Guy Gibson Born
Guy Gibson was a noted RAF pilot during World War II who led the famed Dambusters Raid.
Byzantine-Seljuk Wars: Byzantines Crushed at Manzikert
The Battle of Manzikert was fought in 1071 and saw Byzantine forces badly defeated by the Seljuk Turks.
World War II: USS Yorktown (CV-5)
USS Yorktown was an American aircraft carrier during World War II which was lost at Midway.
Spanish Civil War: Battle of El Mazuco
September 6, 1937 - In the Asturias region of northern Spain, Nationalist troops attack the Republican defenses in El Mazuco Pass, beginning the Battle of El
Hundred Years' War: Battle of Poitiers
September 19, 1356 - At the Battle of Poitiers, Edward, The Black Prince, destroys a French army led by King John II. After a conducting a raid north from his
Roman Empire: Battle of Milvian Bridge
October 28, 312 - At the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (left) north of Rome, the forces of Constantine crush the army of Maxentius. Fought during the power
World War II: D-Day on the Riviera
Operation Dragoon began on August 15, 1944, and saw Allied troops land in southern France.
War of 1812: Detroit Falls
The Siege of Detroit took place in August 1812 during the War of 1812 and resulted in British victory.
American Civil War: Cutting the Weldon Railroad
The Battle of Globe Tavern was fought August 18-21, 1864, and saw Union forces cut the Weldon Railroad.
Napoleonic Wars: Bernadotte Elected Crown Prince of Sweden
Jean Bernadotte served as a marshal in Napoleon's army and later became King of Sweden.
World War II/Korean War: Chesty Puller Dies
Chesty Puller was highly decorated US Marine Corps officer during World War II and the Korean War.
The Wars of the Roses: An Overview
The Wars of the Roses saw the Houses of York and Lancaster struggle for the Enligsh throne between 1455 and 1485.
World War II: Operation Sea Lion Postponed
Operation Sea Lion was the German plan for the invasion of Britain during World War II.
American Civil War: Atlanta Falls
The Battle of Jonesboro was fought August 31-September 1, 1864 and resulted in the Union capture of Atlanta.
World War I: Voss Downed Over Flanders
Werner Voss was a noted German ace during World War I who was killed in combat.
World War II: USS Wasp Sunk
USS Wasp (CV-7) was an American aircraft carrier during World War II and was sunk in late 1942 by the Japanese submarine I-19.
Seven Years' War: Robert Clive Born
Robert Clive was noted British commander with the East India Company who greatly expanded its rule over India.
World War II: Leningrad Under Siege
The Siege of Leningrad lasted nearly 900 days from 1941 until early 1944 and saw Soviet forces succesfully defend the city.
American Revolution: Battle of the Chesapeake
September 5, 1781 - Sailing east from the Chesapeake Bay, French and British fleets clash in the Battle of the Chesapeake (right). Led by the Comte de
American Revolution: Gentleman Johnny Surrounded
Major General John Burgoyne was a British general during the American Revolution who was defeated at the Battle of Saratoga.
War of 1812: Triumph at Plattsburgh
The Battle of Plattsburgh was fought September 11, 1814, during the War of 1812 and saw American forces defeat the British.
American Revolution: Guy Carleton Born
Sir Guy Carleton was governor of Quebec during the American Revolution and later served as commander in chief of British forces.
The Hundred Years' War: An Overview
The Hundred Years' War was fough from 1337 to 1453 and saw France defeat England.
World War II: The Germans Advance on Moscow
The Battle of Moscow began in October 1941 and saw Soviet forces push the Germans back by the battle's end in January 1942.
Creek War: Massacre at Fort Mims
The Fort Mims Massacre took place August 30, 1813, during the Creek War. Attacking Fort Mims, Red Stick Creeks succeeded in breaching its walls. Overrunning Fort Mims, the Red Sticks massacred the fort's garrison.
Civil War 150th: Forts Hatteras & Clark Captured
The Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteries was fought August 28-29, 1861, and saw Union forces capture Forts Hatteras and Clark.
Vietnam War: Linebacker Ends
Operation Linebacker was conducted in 1972 during the Vietnam War to aid in halting the Easter Offensive.
War of Jenkins' Ear: Old Grog
Admiral Edward Vernon was a noted British naval commander during the 18th century and is credited with the invention of grog.
Napoleonic Wars: Vice Admiral William Bligh Dies
Vice Admiral William Bligh was British naval officer best known for his role in the Mutiny on the Bounty.
World War I: 1914 Christmas Truce
December 25, 1914 - Along several sections of the Western Front, informal truces are called to celebrate Christmas. On Christmas Eve 1914, after four
Napoleonic Wars: Marshal Michel Ney Born
January 10, 1769 - The future Marshal Michel Ney (right) is born at Saarlouis, France. After a brief career as a civil servant, Ney enlisted in the
American Civil War: USS Monitor Sinks
January 30, 1862 - The ironclad USS Monitor is launched (right) at the Continental Iron Works in Brooklyn, NY. Ordered in October 1861, Monitor was a
World War II: Ramsay Dies in Crash
Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay was key British naval commander during World War II who planned and executed the Dunkirk Evacuation as well as numerous major amphibious operations.
Korean War: The Battle Begins for the "Frozen Chosin"
November 26, 1950 - The Chinese open the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (right). Entering the Korean Conflict in October 1950, Communist Chinese forces
World War I: Canada's Most-Decorated
William George Barker was a flying ace during World War I and Canada's most-decorated serviceman of the conflict.
Civil War 150th: The Trent Affair
The Trent Affair was a diplomatic crisis during the Civil War which resulted from the US Navy removing Confederate agents from a British ship.
American Revolution: Major Samuel Nicholas, USMC
Samuel Nicholas was the first officer commissioned into the USMC and served as its first commandant.
World War II: Tirpitz Sunk
Tirpitz was German battleship that saw service during World War II and was sunk by British aircraft in November 1944.
World War II: Heinkel He 219 First Flies
The Heinkel He 219 was a German night fighter that was developed late in World War II.
World War II: Eisenhower Made Chief of Staff
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower commanded Allied troops in Europe during World War II and later served as President of the United States.
World War I: HMHS Britannic Sinks
HMHS Britannic was a sister ship of RMS Titanic and saw service as a hospital ship during World War I prior to sinking in 1916.
Cold War: The B-2 Spirit is Revealed
The B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was developed for the US Air Force during the Cold War and remains in service to this day.
Mexican-American War: Old Rough & Ready Born
Major General Zachary Taylor was a key American commander during the Mexican-American War and later served as President of the United States.
World War II: HMS Nelson Hits a Mine
HMS Nelson was a British battleship that saw extensive service during World War II.
World War I: von Spee Killed at the Falklands
Vice Admiral Maximilian von Spee was a noted German admiral during World War I and won the Battle of Coronel before being killed at the Battle of the Falklands.
World War II: HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse Sunk
In action off the Malayan Peninsula on December 10, 1941, Force Z's HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse were sunk by Japanese aircraft.
World War II: von Rundstedt Born
Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt was a key German commander during World War II who served on both the Eastern and Western fronts.
American Revolution: Tea in the Harbor
The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773, and saw angry colonists throw tea into Boston harbor in protest of the Tea Act.
World War II: Tuskegee's Benjamin O. Davis Born
Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. was the leader of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II and later aided in desegregating the US Air Force.
Cold War: Pueblo Crew Freed
The Pueblo Incident took place on January 23, 1968 and saw a US intelligence ship capture by the North Koreans.
World War II: Scharnhorst Sunk at North Cape
The Battle of the North Cape was fought December 26, 1943, and saw the Royal Navy sink the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst.
Second Seminole War: Dade's Command Destroyed
The Second Seminole War was fought 1835-1842 and saw US forces force the relocation of the Seminoles to reservations in the west.
Libya: MiG-23s Downed Over Gulf of Sidra
The MiG-23 Flogger was a Soviet fighter developed during the Cold War and exported widely. The MiG-23 has seen combat in a number of regional conflicts around the globe.
American Revolution: Battle of Eutaw Springs
The Battle of Eutaw Springs was fought September 8, 1781, as was the last major engagement in the Carolinas. The Battle of Eutaw Springs was effectively a draw.
World War I: Wilson Outlines the Fourteen Points
The Fourteen Points were developed by Pres. Woodrow Wilson and provided for a progressive end to World War I.
American Civil War: CSS Alabama Sinks USS Hatteras
CSS Alabama was noted Confederate raider during the Civil War and was sunk by USS Kearsarge in June 1864.
Royal Navy: Jackie Fisher Born
Admiral John Fisher was a noted British naval leader and reformer who was responsible for the development of HMS Dreadnought.
French Revolutionary/Napoleonic Wars: Admiral Nelson Turns a Blind Eye
On the morning of April 2, 1801, Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson led a fleet of 12 British ships of the line into Copenhagen harbor to do battle with the Danish
American Civil War: Battle of Five Forks
April 1, 1865 - Major General Philip H. Sheridan (left) leads Union forces to victory at the Battle of Five Forks. In late March 1865, Union troops under
World War II: Yalta Conference Begins
February 4, 1945 - The Yalta Conference (right) begins in the waning days of World War II. Meeting at the Black Sea resort of Yalta, the
World War I: Wilson Receives Zimmermann Telegram
February 24, 1917 - The British Government presents the Zimmermann Telegram (right) to US President Woodrow Wilson. As World War I raged, Germany prepared
Civil War 150th: Ironclads Duel at Hampton Roads
March 8-9, 1862 - USS Monitor and CSS Virginia fight the Battle of Hampton Roads (right) - the first clash between ironclad warships. In early March 1862,
World War II: USS Saratoga Hit by Kamikaze
USS Saratoga (CV-3) was an American aircraft carrier which saw extensive service during World War II and was later sunk during Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll.
World War II: P-38 Lightning First Flies
February 11, 1939 - The prototype of the P-38 Lightning (right) sets a cross-continent speed record, flying from California to New York in seven hours and
Vietnam War: Explosion on USS Enterprise
USS Enterprise is the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and has been in service since 1961. During that time, USS Enterprise took part in the Vietnam War as well as numerous other military operations.
War of 1812: USS President Captured
USS President was one of the original six frigates of the US Navy and saw extensive service during the Barbary Wars before being captured near the end of the War of 1812.
World War II: Model Born
Field Marshal Walter Model was a key German commander during World War II who saw extensive service on the Eastern and Western fronts.
World War II: USS Chicago Lost at Rennell Island
The Battle of Rennell Island was fought on January 29-30, 1943, and saw Japanese aircraft sink an American heavy cruiser.
American Revolution: Battle of Oriskany
The Battle of Oriskany was fought August 6, 1777, during the American Revolution and saw British forces triumph in western New York.
Seven Years' War: Battle of Quiberon Bay
The Battle of Quiberon Bay was fought in 1759 during the Seven Years' War and saw Admiral Sir Edward Hawke win a decisive victory over the French.
American Revolution: Charles Lee Born
Major General Charles Lee was an American commander during the American Revolution who was famously relieved during the Battle of Monmouth.
World War I: Battle of Dogger Bank
The Battle of Dogger Bank was fought January 24, 1915, during World War I and saw British and German battlecruisers clash.
Seven Years' War: Battle of Minden
The Battle of Minden was fought August 1, 1759 during the Seven Years' War and saw Allied forces defeat the French.
Naval Aviation: USS Macon Lost
USS Macon was a rigid airship operated by the US Navy from 1933 until its loss in a storm two years later.
Napoleonic Wars: Jervis Wins at St. Vincent
Admiral of the Fleet John Jervis, 1st Earl of St. Vincent was a key British naval commander during French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and later served as First Lord of the Admiralty.
American Civil War: The Controversial Daniel Sickles
Major General Daniel Sickles was a Union commander during the Civil War and earned infamy for his performance at Gettysburg in 1863.
Great White Fleet: USS Connecticut Leads the Fleet Home
USS Connecticut entered service in 1906 and later served as the flagship of the Great White Fleet.
American Revolution: Patriots Win at Moore's Creek Bridge
The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge was fought February 27, 1776, during the American Revolution and saw Patriot forces defeat a party of Loyalists.
Queen Anne's War: Raid on Deerfield
The Raid on Deerfield took place February 29, 1704, during Queen Anne's War and saw a combined French and Native American force attack the town.
Civil War 150th: USS Hartford - Farragut's Flagship
USS Hartford was a Union warship during the Civil War and was Adm. David Farragut's flagship at New Orleans and Mobile Bay.
American Revolution: Battle of Rhode Island
The Battle of Rhode Island was fought in August 1778 and saw British forces successfully defend Newport, RI.
English Civil War: Battle of Worcester
The Battle of Worcester was fought September 3, 1651, during the English Civil War and was the final engagement of the conflict.
Mahdist War: Khartoum Besieged
The Siege of Khartoum took place from March 1884 to January 1885 and saw Madhist forces overwhelm Maj. Gen. Charle Gordon's garrison.
Despenser War: Rebels Crushed at Boroughbridge
The Battle of Boroughbridge was fought March 16, 1322, during the Despenser War and saw royal forces defeat a group of rebel barons.
Texas Revolution: Massacre at Goliad
The Goliad Massacre took place March 27, 1836 and saw Mexican forces kill over 300 Texan prisoners of war.
War of the League of Cambrai: Battle of Ravenna
April 11, 1512 - French troops led by Gaston de Foix (left) defeat Spanish and Papal forces at the Battle of Ravenna. In early 1512, French forces under
Civil War 150th: Farragut Captures New Orleans
April 25, 1862 - Union naval forces capture New Orleans, LA (left). The largest city in the Confederacy, New Orleans was considered a vital objective by
Civil War 150th: Johnston Wounded at Seven Pines
May 31, 1862 - Union and Confederate forces clash at the Battle of Seven Pines (right). With Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan advancing up the Peninsula
Civil War 150th: Union Gunboats Win at Memphis
June 6, 1862 - Union gunboats are victorious at the Battle of Memphis (left). Advancing down the Mississippi, the Union ironclad gunboat fleet of Flag
Civil War 150th: Grant Triumphs at Shiloh
April 6-7, 1862 - Union and Confederate troops clash at the Battle of Shiloh. Pushing deep into Tennessee, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant encamped near
Vietnam War: F-4 Phantom II First Flies
May 27, 1958 - The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II (right) flies for the first time with Robert C. Little at the controls. Developed in the late 1950s,
World War I: Rene Fonck - Allied Ace of Aces
Rene Fonck was the top-scoring Allied ace of World War I and downed 75 enemy aircraft.
American Civil War: Major General Philip Kearny
Major General Philip Kearny was a noted Union commander during the Civil War and was killed at the Battle of Chantilly in September 1862.
Wars of the Roses: Warwick Killed at Barnet
April 14, 1471 - The Earl of Warwick is killed at the Battle of Barnet as King Edward IV fights to reclaim his throne. Having been forced to flee to Burgundy
Wars of Alexander the Great: Victory at the Granicus
May 334 BC - Alexander the Great wins his first major victory over the Persian Empire when his army routs a 24,000-man Persian force at the Battle of the
World War II: Soviets Attack the Seelow Heights
The Battle of the Seelow Heights took place in April 1945 and saw Soviet forces break through German defenses east of Berlin.
American Civil War: How Memorial Day Began
May 31, 2010 - Today we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who have given their lives in the service of the United States. Originating during or
World War II: Admiral Scheer Sunk
Admiral Scheer was a German pocket battleship that saw service during World War II and was sunk in April 1945.
Mexican-American War: Battle of Contreras
The Battle of Contreras was fought August 19-20, 1847 and saw American forces defeat a Mexican force led by Gen. Gabriel Valencia.
Civil War 150th: Siege of Yorktown
The Siege of Yorktown began on April 4, 1862 and saw Confederate troops halt the Union advance on the Peninsula for month before falling back.
Civil War 150th: The Great Locomotive Chase
The Great Locomotive Chase took place on April 12, 1862, during the American Civil War.
Mexican-American War: Blood at Molino del Rey
The Battle of Molino del Rey was fought September 8, 1847, during the Mexican-American War and saw American troops win a victory.
World War II: The Big E
USS Enterprise (CV-6) was notable US Navy aircraft carrier during World War II and took part in many of the major battles of the Pacific campaign.
World War I: Ernst Udet Born
Lt. Ernst Udet was the second-highest scoring German ace of World War I and later helped build the Luftwaffe.
Peninsular War: Wellington Holds at Fuentes de Onoro
The Battle of Fuentes de Onoro was fought May 3-5, 1811 during the Peninsular War and saw Viscount Wellington hold off the French.
Mexican-American War: Battle of Churubusco
The Battle of Churubusco was fought August 20, 1847, during the Mexican-American War and saw US forces defeat the Mexicans.
Pontiac's Rebellion Begins
Pontiac's Rebellion was fought from 1763 to 1766 and saw the Native Americans rise up against the British.
American Revolution: Stark Dies
Major General John Stark was a noted American commander from New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War who earned fame at Bunker Hill and Bennington.
American Revolution: Fort Ticonderoga Falls
The capture of Fort Ticonderoga took place May 10, 1775 and saw American forcecs led by Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold secure the fort for the Continental Army.
American Civil War: Confederates Routed at Raymond
The Battle of Raymond was fought May 12, 1863, during the American Civil War and saw Union forces triumph.
Vietnam War: USS Oriskany Sunk as Reef
USS Oriskany (CV-34) was an American aircraft carrier that saw service during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
American Revolution: Admiral Rodney Dies
Admiral George Rodney was a noted British naval commander during the American Revolution and is best remembered for his 1792 triumph at the Battle of the Saintes.
French & Indian War: Siege of Fort William Henry
The Siege of Fort William Henry took place from August 3 to 9, 1757, during the French and Indian War and resulted in the fort's fall.
Jacobite Risings: Battle of Killiecrankie
The Battle of Killiecrankie was fought July 27, 1689, during the Jacobite Rising and saw Jacobite forces rout Government troops under Hugh Mackay.
Vietnam War: Olds Dies
Brigadier General Robin Olds was an American flying ace who saw service during World War II and the Vietnam War. In the latter conflict, Robin Olds was known for his trademark mustache.
War of the Austrian Succession: Louisbourg Under Siege
The Siege of Louisbourg was conducted from May 11 to June 28, 1745, during the War of the Austrian Succession and saw British forces capture the side.