intruguing stuff LD thanks!
In 1783 Fighting on the American Mainland ceases , the American Revolution is over.
In 1797 the battle of Neuwied- French Vicotry against Austria
In 1848 the US Victory at Cerro Gordo in the Mexican war
In 1915 a French pilot named Roland Garros glides to a landing after having shot his prop off and is captured by the Germans.
In 1942 off the coast of Japan 16 B-25B medium Bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet to raid targets in Japan.
In 1943 Operation Vengeance- Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is ambushed and shot down by USAAF P-38s over Bougainville
In 1945, Correspondent Ernie Pyle was Killed by Japanese Machinegun fire on the island of Ie Shima off the coast of Okinawa
In 1945 1,000 RAF Bombers raid Heligoland Germany
intruguing stuff LD thanks!
Friday was the 65th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Berlin as well.
Spent the day in Treptow Park.
39 years ago, the last elements of the invading forces participating in the failed Bay of Pigs operation surrendered to Cuban Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR).
Cool and interesting post, and I've just discovered the history section of this forum...so awesome!
Lord Byron is welcomed by the people of Missolonghi
Lord Byron dies from a fever contracted while in the Greek town of Missolonghi, in its second siege by the Turks, during the Greek War of Independence
Lord Byron on his death bed
1941: While Greek troops continue the fight to cover the British & Commonwealth retreat from the Greek mainland (following the German breaking through the Greek & Commonwealth defensive positions in the area of Kleidion), Bulgarian troops enter Greece. Most of the northeastern part of the country comes under Bulgarian occupation and is annexed to Bulgaria
1941: The Greek Destroyer "Psara IV" (D-98) is sank on Easterday, during an attack by German dive bombers in the Golf of Megara, Attica, where she was anchored with the rest of the fleet. Total losses: 37 Sailors and Petty Officers KIA.
1941: On Easterday, Lt. General Georgios Tsolakoglou, CO of the Greek forces in Albania during the German invasion, signs with the German representative, General Josef "Sepp" Dietrich, CO of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, the capitulation of the Greek Army, at the village of Votonosi, Epirus.
1943: At Lykokhoros, Parnassis, Colonel Demetrios Psarros names the armed wing of his resistance group, National and Social Solidarity (EKKA), "5/42 Evzone Regiment". The core of the Regiment is a group consisting of veteran troops, fighters of the Albanian front (against the Italians) & the Macedonian front (against the Germans). During the ceremony, the Greek flag is raised and the Officers, NCO & soldiers of the Regiment, give the military oath
1905: Armed guerilla bands under 2nd Lt Georgios Katechakes (aka Ruvas) and 1st Lt Petros Manos (aka Vergos), cantoned near the town of Kozani, Macedonia, repealed an attack conducted by an overwhelming Turkish force. 2nd Lt Spyridon Zacharopoulos (aka Nystas) with his men, attack the enemy's rear side causing disarray and break them into a rout
1941: The Greek Hospital Ship "Hellenis" is sank during an attack by German dive bombers in the Golf of Corinth, where she was anchored, full of war-wounded.
1941: The Greek Hospital Ship "Hesperia" is sank during an attack by German dive bombers, near the Missolonghi Lagoon, where she was anchored.
1967: Just before dawn on Friday morning, a group of right-wing army officers led by Brigadier Stylianos Pattakos and Colonels Georgios Papadopoulos and Nikolaos Makarezos seized power in a coup d'etat. A series of right-wing military governments rule Greece from 1967 to 1974.
The Junta triumvirate: Pattakos, Papadopoulos, Makarezos
April 21, 1967
The Greek CoA under the military regime of '67-'74
Fantastic thread. First time being here and I like it. Andrew
Would like to have a daily of this
Great idea for a thread.
1794 - bloodless Vilnius - Russian forces expelled from the city as part of Kościuszko Uprising
1831 - November Uprising - failed assault on Russian forces at Mariampol
1915 - gas attack at Ypres
1920 - Polish Army Museum established in Warsaw
1008 - F117 retired from service
1821: On April 1st, just 6 days after the outbreak of the Greek Revolution for Independence, two most competent Turkish commanders from Thessaly, Omer Vryoni and Kjose Mehmet, with a force of 8,000 men strong, move from Thessaly to the South, with orders to put down the revolt in central Greece and then proceed to the Peloponnese and lift the siege at Tripolis. The Greeks realized that it was imperative that the Ottoman force be delayed as long as possible so that the Greeks of the Peloponnese fortify their positions. They decided to send an expeditionary force North, to fight the Ottomans at hopeless odds, and to sacrifice themselves in order to improve the chances of ultimate victory. They decided to take this stand at Alamana, a few hundred yards away from the ancient site of the Thermopylae battle. The Greek force of 1,500 men strong, was split into three sections. Thus, on April 22, 1821, Dyovouniotes with his men, was to defend the bridge at Gorgopotamos, Panourgias with his men the heights of Chalkomata, and Athanasios Diakos with his force the main bridge at Alamana. During a fierce battle, Dyovouniotes' and Panourgias' sections are routed, leaving Diakos with just 48 men to defend the bridge. They put up a desperate hand-to-hand struggle for a number of hours before being overwhelmed. Diakos was captured alive and he was impaled and roasted alive οn a spit. He was 33.
The statue of Athanasios Diakos at his birthplace; the village is named after him
The monument of Athanasios Diakos at Alamana and the statue of Leonidas at Thermopylae, today. Separated by a gap of a few hundred yards & 23 centuries, both men are united in their love for freedom
WWI-1917: The III/1 Btn of the 1st Serres Rgt, of the Serres Division, under Captain (Infantry) Georgios Kondyles, occupies the heavily fortified Height "Semaine de Faire", 3 km/1.8 miles S of the town of Idomen, despite obstinate resistance by the Bulgarian troops. The Bulgarians react by launching a counter-attack, repealed by the Greeks. On the next day, after heavy preparatory artillery fire, a new attack is launched against the Greek troops, conducted by a strong Bulgarian force of at least two battalions, which is repealed thanks to the heroic resistance of 2nd Lt Eustathios Doganes' section. Doganes is KIA. A third consecutive Bulgarian attack is also repealed. Total Greek losses: 17 Officers & OR, KIA; 52 WIA
Georgios Kondyles (in this photo he carries the rank of Colonel)
1941: The Greek Destroyer "Hydra IV" (D-97) is sank during an attack by German dive bombers, near the island of Aegina. Total losses: 39 Officers, Petty Officers and men are killed or drowned (her CO, Commander Theodoros Pezopoulos included)
The Destroyer "Hydra"
1941: The Greek Hospital Ship "Socrates" is sank by German dive bombers, in the bay of Anticyra, where she was anchored.
On this day, April 23rd.
The Battle of Clontarf:
It was between the forces of Brian Boru and the forces led by the King of Leinster, Máel Mórda mac Murchada: composed mainly of his own men, Viking mercenaries from Dublin and the Orkney Islands led by his cousin Sigtrygg, as well as the one rebellious king from the province of Ulster. It ended in a rout of the Máel Mórda's forces, along with the death of Brian, who was killed by a few Norsemen who were fleeing the battle and stumbled upon his tent. After the battle, Ireland returned to a fractious status quo between the many small, separate kingdoms that had existed for some time.
The Greek government and King George II evacuate Athens before the invading Wehrmacht.
Baedeker Blitz – German bombers hit Exeter, Bath and York in retaliation for the British raid on Lübeck.
1948 Arab-Israeli War
Haifa is captured from Arab forces.
Chinese Civil War
The Peoples Liberation Army Navy is formed.
303: Roman soldier George, is executed for his Christian faith. He is venerated as a Christian martyr & Saint by the Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans & Oriental Orthodox. He is the patron Saint of the Greek Army
Greek Army battalions & regiments have a single colour or war flag. This is blue, with a white cross and features St George slaying the Dragon in the centre. Battle honours are sometimes added to the flag; the regiment's identity is inscribed on the flagstaff
The historical colours of the 1st Rgt of the II Infantry Division, in the 1st Balkan War (1912)
1827: He succumbs to his wounds, on his name day (St George's day), April 23, 1827, after being fatally wounded by a rifle shot, in the battle of Athens, the military commander, and hero of the Greek War of Independence, General Georgios Karaiskakes
General Georgios Karaiskakes
1897: Greek forces under Brigadier Constantine Smolenski, offer stiff resistance to fierce attacks launched by the Turks in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897, at Pharsala, Thessaly
Brigadier Constantine Smolenski
1941: Greek battleships, "Thyella", "Axios", "Pleias", "Nestos", "Aliacmon" and "Alcyone" are sank during an attack by German dive bombers, in the Saronic Gulf where they were anchored.
1941: Greek Torpedo boat, "Kios", is sank during an attack by German dive bombers, in the bay of Vouliagmeni where she was anchored.
1941: Greek Minesweeper, "Korgialenios", is sank during an attack by German dive bombers near the island of Corfu.
Originally Posted by MN_Air
King George II of the Hellenes
Prime Minister Emmanuel Tsouderos
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The Battle of Kapyong,
EIGHTH UNITED STATES ARMY (KOREA)
Office of the Commanding General
23rd June 1951Section 1
AWARD OF DISTINGUISHED UNIT CITATION
BATTLE HONOURS-By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order 9396 (Sec I, WD Bul. 22, 1943) Superceding Executive Order 9075 (SecIII, WD Bul. 16, 1942) and pursuant to authority in AR 260-15, the following units are cited as public evidence of deserved honour and distinction.
3RD BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT
2ND BATTALION, PRINCESS PATRICIA'S CANADIAN LIGHT INFANTRY COMPANY A,
72ND HEAVY TANK BATTALION (UNITED STATES)
are cited for extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of combat duties in action against the armed enemy near Kapyong, Korea, on the 24 and 25 April 1951. The enemy had broken through the main line of resistance and penetrated to the area north of Kapyong. The units listed above were deployed to stem the assault. The 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, moved to the right flank of the sector and took up defensive positions north of the Pukham River. The 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, defended in the vicinity of Hill 677 on the left flank. Company A, 72nd Heavy Tank Battalion, supported all units to the full extent of its capacity and, in addition, kept the main roads open and assisted in evacuating the wounded. Troops from a retreating division passed through the sector which enabled enemy troops to infiltrate with the withdrawing forces. The enemy attacked savagely under the clangor of bugles and trumpets. The forward elements were completely surrounded going through the first day and into the second. Again and again the enemy threw waves of troops at the gallant defenders, and many times succeeded in penetrating the outer defences, but each time the courageous, indomitable, and determined soldiers repulsed the fanatical attacks. Ammunition ran low and there was no time for food. Critical supplies were dropped by air to the encircled troops, and they stood their ground in resolute defiance of the enemy. With serene and indefatigable persistence, the gallant soldiers held their defensive positions and took heavy tolls of the enemy. In some instances when the enemy penetrated the defences, the commanders directed friendly artillery fire on their own positions in repelling the thrusts. Toward the close of 25 April, the enemy break-through had been stopped. The seriousness of the break-through on the central front had been changed from defeat to victory by the gallant stand of these heroic and courageous soldiers. The 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment; 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry; and Company A, 72nd Heavy Tank Battalion, displayed such gallantry, determination, and espirit de corps in accomplishing their missions under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions as to set them apart and above other units participating in the campaign, and by their achievements they brought distinguished credit on themselves, their homelands, and all freedom-loving nations
BY COMMAND OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL VAN FLEET:
Leven C. Allen
Major General US Army
Chief of Staff