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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: Leaders & People
Fought on a global scale, World War II required the rapid expansion of armies and navies to meet the threat posed by the enemy. While the major combatants
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
Wars of the Roses: Bloodbath at Towton
March 29, 1461 - Yorkist forces triumph at the Battle of Towton. Despite victories at Wakefield and Second St. Albans, Queen Margaret's Lancastrian army
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
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
American Civil War: The End Nears at Sayler's Creek
April 6, 1865 - Union forces win the Battle of Sayler's Creek. In the wake of the fall of Petersburg and Richmond, Gen. Robert E. Lee retreated west with the
War of the Austrian Succession: Frederick Departs at Mollwitz
April 10, 1741 - Frederick the Great wins the Battle of Mollwitz. Invading Silesia in December 1740, Frederick the Great quickly succeeded in capturing most of
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
American Civil War 150th Approaches
A reminder as we pass by the 149th anniversary of the attack on Fort Sumter that the sesquicentennial celebration of the American Civil War is set to kick
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
World War I: Gas Over Ypres
April 22, 1915 - The Germans open the Second Battle of Ypres by releasing chlorine gas. Having decided on an east-first strategy in early 1915, the Germans
World War II: Dowding Born
April 24, 1882 - Future Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding (right) is born at Moffat, Scotland. The son of a schoolmaster, Dowding entered the British Army in
War of 1812: 1814 - Advances in the North & A Capital Burned
Having endured a succession of ineffective commanders, American forces on the Niagara received capable leadership in 1814 with the appointment of Maj. Gen.
Hundred Years' War: Joan Arrives in Orleans
April 29, 1429 - Joan of Arc arrives to lift the Siege of Orleans. Advancing south in 1428, English forces sought to assert control over the Loire River
Wars of the Roses: Lancastrians Undone at Tewkesbury
May 4, 1471 - Lancastrian forces are defeated by Edward IV at the Battle of Tewkesbury. Landing on the same day that the Earl of Warwick was defeated at the
American Civil War: Grant & Lee Meet in the Wilderness
May 5-7, 1864 - Union and Confederate forces clash at the Battle of the Wilderness (right). Having come east in March 1864, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
Mexican-American War: Taylor Wins at Palo Alto
May 8, 1846 - American forces win the Battle of Palo Alto. Advancing into the disputed territory south of the Nueces River, Brig. Gen. Zachary Taylor
Mexican-American War: The Fighting Continues
May 9, 1846 - Fighting between American and Mexican forces continues with the Battle of Resaca de la Palma (right). Retreating from their defeat at Palo
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 I/II: USS Arizona is Launched
June 19, 1915 - USS Arizona (right) is launched at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Built as a Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought, USS Arizona joined the fleet
Wars of the French Revolution: Howe Triumphs On the First of June
June 1, 1794 - Adm. Lord Howe defeats the French fleet at the Glorious First of June (right). Sailing in search of a French grain convoy from North
World War II: The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Flies
June 1939 - This week in 1939 saw the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 (right) fly for the first time. Designed by Kurt Tank in response to a request from the
American Civil War: Union Cavalry Surprises at Brandy Station
June 9, 1863 - Union cavalry forces attack at the Battle of Brandy Station. Seeking to attack Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart's Confederate cavalry near Brandy
War of 1812: New Orleans & Peace
With Britain beginning to bring the full weight of its military might to bear and with Treasury near empty, the Madison Administration began peace talks in
Napoleonic Wars: Allies Beaten at Bautzen
May 20-21, 1813 - Prussian and Russian forces are defeated at the Battle of Bautzen. Advancing from his victory at the Battle of Lutzen, Napoleon encountered
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
World War II: Rommel Strikes at Gazala
May 26-June 21, 1942 - Gen. Erwin Rommel (right) begins the Battle of Gazala. Pushing forward from El Agheila, Rommel approached the Allied defensive line
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
War of 1812: Night Attack at Stoney Creek
June 6, 1813 - British forces win the Battle of Stoney Creek during the War of 1812. Pursuing British forces west after the capture of Fort George, Brig.
World War II: The Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain was fought between July and October 1940 and saw the Royal Air Force's Fighter Command engage the Luftwaffe for air superiority over
World War II: The Hawker Hurricane
Introduced in 1937, the Hawker Hurricane (right) was the brainchild of Sydney Camm. Designed as a private venture, Camm created a simple, effective
Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon Wins at Friedland
June 14, 1807 - Napoleon routs the Russians at the Battle of Friedland. Falling back after the Battle of Heilsberg on June 10, Count von Bennigsen retreated
American Revolution: British Bloodied at Bunker Hill
June 17, 1775 - American and British forces fight the Battle of Bunker Hill. During the Siege of Boston, American commanders were alerted to British intentions
Napoleonic Wars: Wellington Strikes at Vitoria
June 21, 1813 - The Marquess of Wellington wins the Battle of Vitoria. Advancing from Ciudad Rodrigo, Wellington succeeded in driving the French forces of
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.
World War II: An Unfortunate Attack
July 3, 1940 - The Royal Navy's Force H attacks the French fleet during Operation Catapult. With the fall of France in June 1940, the British became
The Crusades: Saladin Sweeps to Victory at Hattin
July 4, 1187 - Saladin wins the Battle of Hattin. Calling together a Crusader army to block an invasion of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Guy of Lusignan assembled
American Revolution: Fight at Hubbardton
July 7, 1777 - American and British forces clash at the Battle of Hubbardton. Forced out of Fort Ticonderoga, American troops under Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair
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
English Civil War: Fairfax Wins at Langport
July 10, 1645 - Sir Thomas Fairfax wins the Battle of Langport. In th wake of the Parliamentarian victory at Naseby in June 1645, Sir Thomas Fairfax's New
The French & Indian War/The Seven Years' War
The French and Indian War began in 1754 as British and French forces clashed in the wilderness of North America. Two years later, the conflict spread to
American Revolution: Wayne Takes Stony Point
July 16, 1779 - Brig. Gen. Anthony Wayne (right) wins the Battle of Stony Point. In the late spring of 1779, British troops occupied Stony and Verplanck's
American Civil War: Pickett Dies
July 30, 1875 - Major General George Pickett (right) dies in Norfolk, VA. Born in 1825, Pickett initially studied law before entering West Point.
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
World War II: M26 Pershing
Oringinally intended as a follow-on to the M4 Sherman, the M26 Pershing (right) became the US Army's first heavy tank of World War II. Possessing a 90 mm
American Civil War: It Begins at Bull Run
July 21, 1861 - Union forces are beaten at the First Battle of Bull Run. Under pressure to defeat Confederate forces, Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell advanced
American Civil War: Hood Fails at Atlanta
July 22, 1864 - Union forces under Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman win the Battle of Atlanta (right). Having recently taken command of the Army of Tennessee
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
Wars of the Roses: Pembroke Defeated at Edgecote
July 26, 1469 - The Earl of Pembroke is defeated at the Battle of Edgecote. Increasingly unhappy with Edward IV, the Earl of Warwick began inciting rebellions
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,
World War II: Allies Pummeled Off Savo
August 8-9, 1942 - Japanese naval forces win the Battle of Savo Island (right). Responding to the Allied invasion of Guadalcanal, VAdm. Gunichi Mikawa
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.
American Revolution: Gates Routed at Camden
August 16, 1780 - American forces under Maj. Gen. Horatio Gates are defeated at the Battle of Camden (right). Taking command of American forces in the
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
Vietnam War: Share Your Story
The Vietnam War helped define a generation of Americans and Vietnamese. In our new Vietnam: Share Your Story section we invite veterans and those from the
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
Civil War: Forces Clash at Chantilly
September 1, 1862 - Union and Confederate forces clash at the Battle of Chantilly. Seeking to take advantage of his victory at Second Manassas, Gen. Robert
French & Indian/Seven Years' War: 1756-1757 - War on a Global Scale
While the British had hoped to limit the conflict to North America, this was dashed when the French invaded Minorca in 1756. Subsequent operations saw the
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
Napoleonic Wars: Bloodbath at Borodino
September 7, 1812 - Russian and French forces clash at the Battle of Borodino. Invading Russia in mid-1812, Napoleon sought to quickly defeat the enemy.
World War II: Share Your Story
The largest conflict in history, World War II saw unprecedented losses and forever altered the landscape. Here we invite veterans and those from the home
American Revolution: Washington Turned at Brandywine
September 11, 1777 - American forces are beaten at the Battle of Brandywine. Landing at Head of Elk, MD in late August 1777, Gen. Sir William Howe sought
Mexican-American War: Storming Chapultepec
September 12-13, 1847 - American forces win the Battle of Chapultepec (right). Advancing on Mexico City, Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott defeated the Mexicans at
American Revolution: Americans Strike at Harlem Heights
September 16, 1776 - American forces win a sharp fight at the Battle of Harlem Heights. Having been defeated at the Battle of Long Island, Gen. George
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
The Forty-Five: Jacobites Stun at Prestonpans
September 21, 1745 - Jacobite forces win the Battle of Prestonpans. Landing in Scotland in August 1745, Charles Edward Stuart sought to take advantage of
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
Persian Wars: Greeks Turn the Tide at Salamis
September 480 BC - The Greek fleet wins the Battle of Salamis. Having been defeated at the Battle of Thermopylae, the Greeks were forced to abandon Athens and
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
World War I: Battle of Loos Ends
September 25-October 14, 1915 - After several weeks of bloody fighting, the Battle of Loos comes to an end. Attacking as part of the larger Third Battle of
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
English Civil War: Armies Clash at Edgehill
October 23, 1642 - Royalist and Parliamentarian forces clash at the Battle of Edgehill. Having gathered an army, King Charles I began moving towards London
World War II: Fleets Clash at Santa Cruz
October 25-27, 1942 - Allied and Japanese fleets fight the Battle of Santa Cruz (right). Seeking to support a major ground offensive on Guadalcanal, the
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
Roman Empire: Varus Stunned in the Teutoburg Forest
Taking control of the province of Germania in 6 AD, Publius Quinctilius Varus quickly proved an unpopular administrator with the allied and neutral Germanic
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: Grant Begins at Belmont
November 7, 1861 - Brig. Gen. Ulysses Grant (right) fights the Battle of Belmont. Moving south down the Mississippi River, Grant sought to raid the
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
War of 1812: Defeat at Crysler's Farm
November 11, 1813 - American forces are beaten at the Battle of Crysler's Farm. Advancing down the St. Lawrence River in the fall of 1813, Maj. Gen. James
American Civil War: Hooker Born
November 13, 1814 - Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker (right) is born at Hadley, MA. Graduating from West Point in 1837, Hooker saw extensive service during 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
American Revolution: George Rogers Clark Born
November 19, 1752 - George Rogers Clark (right) is born at Charlottesville, VA. Trained as a surveyor, Clark spent much of his time as a young man on the
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
World War II: B-26 First Flies
November 25, 1940 - The Martin B-26 Marauder (right) first flies. Designed by team led by Peyton Magruder, the B-26 was created in response to a 1939 US
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 Civil War: Schofield Escapes at Spring Hill
November 29, 1864 - Union troops win at the Battle of Spring Hill. With the fall of Atlanta in September 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman began planning
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
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,
Punic Wars: Hannibal Surprises at Lake Trasimene
Having won a stunning victory at the Battle of the Trebia in 218 BC, Hannibal advanced south into Italy. The defeat led to a change in the Roman leadership
Words from War: Fortifications
We continue our Words from War series with a look at several terms that pertain to military fortifications: Abatis Bastion Ravelin Redan Glacis
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
Cold War: SR-71 Blackbird First Flies
December 22, 1964 - The SR-71 Blackbird (right) first takes to the sky. One of the most distinctive and visually impressive aircraft flown by the US Air
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
Word from War: Roman Units
We continue our Words from War series with a look at several terms that identify the military units of the Roman Empire: Legion Cohort Centuria
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
American Civil War: Porter at Arkansas Post
January 11, 1863 - RAdm. David D. Porter (right) aids in the attack on Arkansas Post. The son of War of 1812 hero and commander of the Mexican Navy
World War II: "Hap" Arnold Dies
January 15, 1950 - Gen. Henry Hap Arnold dies (right). Graduating from West Point in 1907, Arnold learned to fly in 1911. Serving in Washington during
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
Second Boer War: British Bloodied at Spion Kop
January 23-24, 1900 - The British are defeated at the Battle of Spion Kop (right). Advancing to relieve the Siege of Ladysmith, British forces crossed the
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: Johnson Dies
January 30, 2001 - Noted British ace Air Vice Marshal James Johnnie Johnson (right) dies. Entering the Royal Air Force through the Royal Air Force
World War II: Battle of Singapore Begins
January 31, 1942 - The Battle of Singapore begins. Having been forced down the Malay Peninsula by an inferior, but better-equipped Japanse force, Lt. Gen.
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
Words from War: Amphibious Operations
Today we continue our Words from War series with a look at terms related to amphibious operations: D-Day H-Hour Landing Craft Landing Area
American Revolution: Treaty of Alliance Signed
February 6, 1778 - The Treaty of Alliance (right) between the United States and France is signed in Paris. Dispatched to Paris in late 1776, American
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
French & Indian/Seven Years' War: Battles
The battles of the French & Indian/Seven Years' War were fought around the globe making the conflict the first truly global war. While fighting began in
World War II: Douglas Bader Born
February 21, 1910 - Future Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader (right) is born. The son of a civil engineer, Bader entered the Royal Air Force in 1928. An
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.
Words from War: Air-to-Air Combat
Today we continue our Words from War series with a look at terms related to air-to-air combat: AAA SAM Split-S Immelmann Turn Photograph Courtesy
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: Last Living US WWI Vet Dies
February 28, 2011 - The last living American veteran of World War I dies. Lying about his age to enlist, Frank Buckles saw service with the American
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
World War II: The Allies' First Jet
Entering service in June 1944, the Gloster Meteor was the first jet fighter to operate with Allied forces during World War II. Development of the aircraft
American Civil War: CSS Virginia Completed
March 7, 1862 - The Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (right) is completed at Norfolk, VA. Lacking the resources to combat the Union Navy by traditional
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: 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
World War II: Mölders Born
March 18, 1913 - Noted German fighter ace Werner Mölders (right) is born at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Entering the military in 1931, Mölders graduated from
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
Words From War: Military Justice
We continue our Words from War series with a look at several terms pertaining to military justice: Stockade (right) JAG Uniform Code of
Vietnam War: Gen. William Westmoreland Born
March 26, 1914 - General William Westmoreland (left) is born in South Carolina. Entering West Point in 1932, Westmoreland saw extensive service during World
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: 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
Hundred Years' War: Battle of Formigny
April 15, 1450 - French troops defeat a small English army at the Battle of Formigny. Landing in Normandy, English troops under Sir Thomas Kyriell began swiftly
Looking Back: Hitting Libya in 1986
The 1986 Bombing of Libya saw US aircraft hit targets around that country. The bombing was in response to Libya's continued support of international terrorism. The 1986 Bombing of Libya resulted in damage to a variety of targets and the loss of one American aircraft.
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
Napoleonic Wars: Fireships in Basque Roads
April 11, 1809 - Captain Thomas Cochrane opens the Battle of the Basque Roads (right). Having blockaded a French fleet of eleven ships of the line in
American Civil War: 150th Anniversary
April 12, 2011 - Today begins the 150th Anniversary celebration commemorating the American Civil War. After years of increasing sectional tensions,
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
American Civil War: Union Takes Fort Pulaski
April 1862 - Union forces capture Fort Pulaski. Built in 1847, Fort Pulaski guarded the approaches to Savannah, GA. Taken by Georgia forces in early 1861,
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
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: 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
Royal Navy: Mutiny on the Bounty
April 28, 1789 - Lt. William Bligh is deposed during the Mutiny on the Bounty (right). Sailing from Britain in December 1787, Bounty was tasked with taking
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 II: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Crushed
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising took place from April 19 to May 16, 1943, during World War II. In the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Jewos of the Warsaw Ghetto rose up against the Nazis to halt transport of residents to Treblinka. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was ultimately crushed by the Germans.
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.
World War II: Crete Falls
The Battle of Crete was fought from May 20 to June 1, 1941 during World War II. The Battle of Crete saw the Germans make large scale use of paratroopers during the invasion. Though a victory, the Battle of Crete saw these forces sustain such high losses that they were not used again by the Germans.
World War II: Vengeance from Above
November 26, 1944 - V-1
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.
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.
American Civil War: Carney Receives the Medal - 37 Years Later
The Second Battle of Fort Wagner took place on July 18, 1863, during the American Civil War. Attacking Fort Wagner on Morris Island, SC, Union troops were led by the 54th Massachusetts, an unit of black troops. The Union assault on Fort Wagner was repulsed with heavy losses.
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
World War II: Normandy Invaded
D-Day refers to the Invasion of Normandy which took place on June 6, 1944, during World War II. Landing on D-Day, Allied forces were preceded by airborne troops which dropped during the night. On D-Day, Allied forces gained a foothold in France from which they would advance to defeat Germany.
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.
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
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.
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.
American Civil War: Two Days that Changed the War
The two victories at Gettysburg, PA and Vicksburg, MS, turned the Civil War in the Union's favor. Culminating within a day of each other, Gettysburg and Vicksburg respectively put Lee on the defensive in the East and opened the Mississippi in the West, paving the way for the South's ultimate defeat.
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.
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.
Scottish Independence: Robert the Bruce Born
Robert the Bruce ruled as King of Scotland from 1306 to 1329. One of the great warrior-kings, Robert the Bruce was instrumental in securing Scotland's independence. Robert the Bruce's greatest victory in this cause came at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
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.
Civil War: McPherson Dead at Atlanta
Major General James McPherson was a Union commander during the Civil War. Serving in the West with Major General Ulysses Grant, James McPherson rapidly rose through the ranks and commanded a corps during the Vicksburg Campaign. Given command of the Army of the Tennesse in 1864, James McPherson led it until his death at the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864.
Civil War: Early Wins at Kernstown
Lieutenant General Jubal Early was a Confederate commander during the Civil War. Serving largely with the Army of Northern Virginia, Jubal Early took part in most of its major battles. In 1864, Jubal Early led Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley and threatened Washington, DC until being badly defeated by Major General Philip Sheridan.
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.
Second Barons' War": Edward Triumphs at Evesham
The Battle of Evesham was fought in August 1265 during the Second Barons' War. The Battle of Evesham saw royalist forces win and King Henry III resume the throne.
Franco-Prussian War: Frederick Advances at Woerth
The Battle of Woerth was fought August 6, 1870 and saw Prussian troops badly defeat the French.
Indian Wars: Miles Born
Nelson Miles was a noted American commander during the Civil War, Indian Wars, and Spanish American War.
Viking Invasions: Saxons Defeated at Maldon
The Battle of Maldon was fought on August 10, 991 and saw the Vikings rout the Saxons.
World War II: Guy Gibson Born
Guy Gibson was a noted RAF pilot during World War II who led the famed Dambusters Raid.
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.
War of 1812: Perry is Born
Oliver Hazard Perry was noted American naval commander who won the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
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.
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 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
World War II: Japanese Repulsed at Milne Bay
The Battle of Milne Bay was fought August 25 to September 7, 1942 and saw Allied forces defeat the Japanese.
American Civil War: Joseph Wheeler Born
Joseph Wheeler was a noted Confederate cavalry leader during the Civil War and later led US troops during the Spanish-American War.
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.
Napoleonic Wars: Wellington Dies
The Duke of Wellington was a key British commander during the Napoleonic Wars and defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.
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.
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
American Revolution: Washington Turned Back at Germantown
October 4, 1777 - Washington is defeated at the Battle of Germantown (right). Following the defeat at the Battle of the Brandywine (September 11, 1777) and
American Civil War: Du Pont Born
Rear Admiral Samuel F. Du Pont was a noted Union naval commander during the Civil War.
World War II: Operation Sea Lion Postponed
Operation Sea Lion was the German plan for the invasion of Britain during World War II.
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.
The Hundred Years' War: An Overview
The Hundred Years' War was fough from 1337 to 1453 and saw France defeat England.
The English Civil War: An Overview
The English Civil War was fought between 1642 and 1651 and saw Parliamentarian forces triumph.
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.
World War II: USS Yorktown (CV-5)
USS Yorktown was an American aircraft carrier during World War II which was lost at Midway.
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/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.
American Revolution: British Hold at Savannah
The Battle of Savannah was fought in the fall of 1779 during the American Revolution and saw British forces defeat a Franco-American army.
American Revolution: Ferguson Killed at Kings Mountain
Patrick Ferguson was British officer during the American Revolution who was killed at the Battle of Kings Mountain.
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.
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World War I: Blood Flows in Flanders
The First Battle of Ypres was fought in the fall of 1914 and saw Allied forces defend the town from the Germans.
War of 1812: USS Constitution Launched
USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship in the US Navy and earned fame as
Vietnam War: Linebacker Ends
Operation Linebacker was conducted in 1972 during the Vietnam War to aid in halting the Easter Offensive.
World War II: Hornet Lost at Santa Cruz
USS Hornet was an American carrier during World War II and played a key role in the 1942 Doolittle Raid.
Seven Years' War: Battle of Rossbach
November 5, 1757 - At the Battle of Rossbach, Frederick the Great (right) crushs a combined French and Austrian army. The first of Frederick's two great
Seven Years' War: Cumberland Dies
The Duke of Cumberland was noted British commander during the 18th century and saw service during the War of the Austrian Succession, Jacobite Rebellion, and Seven Years' War.
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.
World War I: Passchendaele Falls
The Battle of Passchendaele (Third Ypres) was fought in 1917 and saw Allied forces take heavy losses for minimal gains.
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.
American Revolution: Fort Washington Falls
The Battle of Fort Washington was fought in 1776 and saw the British capture the fort.
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.
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
Napoleonic Wars: Napoleon Stuns All at Austerlitz
December 2, 1805 - French forces under Napoleon win the Battle of Austerlitz (right). Meeting in Moravia, Napoleon was attacked by the forces of Russia and
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: Disaster at Tassafaronga
The Battle of Tassafaronga was fought November 30, 1942, during the Guadalcanal Campaign and saw American forces defeated by the Japanese.
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 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
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.
World War II: Haruna Launched at Kobe
Haruna was a Japanese battleship that saw extensive service during World War II and was sunk at Kure in July 1945.
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.
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.
Civil War 150th: Thomas Succeeds at Mill Springs
January 19, 1862 - Brigadier General George H. Thomas (right) wins the Battle of Mill Springs. Pushing into Kentucky, the Confederate troops of Brig. Gen.
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.
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: Battle Joined at Monte Cassino
The Battle of Monte Cassino was fought from January to May 1944 and saw Allied forces achieve a victory after several engagements against the German defenders.
World War I: Victory at Megiddo
The Battle of Megiddo was fought in September 1918 and saw Allied forces rout the Ottomans in northern Palestine.
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.
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 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
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.