Category: onthisday

#onthisday in 1947 the iconic AK-47 assault ri…

#onthisday in 1947 the iconic AK-47 assault rifle first went into production in the Soviet Union.
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🇺🇸Hell’s Angels, the 3rd Squadron of t…

🇺🇸Hell’s Angels, the 3rd Squadron of the 1st American Volunteer Group “Flying Tigers” over China. May 28, 1942. #onthisday in 1941 the Flying Tigers were officially formed. [Photo by Flying Tigers pilot RT Smith / San Diego Air & Space Museum Archive / Catalog #1606]
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#onthisday in 1942 a US Navy PBM Mariner aircr…

#onthisday in 1942 a US Navy PBM Mariner aircraft sank German submarine U-158 70 kilometers west of Bermuda, killing all 54 aboard.
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#onthisday in 1942 the Germans launch Fall Bla…

#onthisday in 1942 the Germans launch Fall Blau (Case Blue) the strategic offensive in southern Russia which would end in disaster at Stalingrad. Pictured are men and armor of the 5th SS Panzer Division ‘Wiking.” Wiling was tasked with capturing Grozny with the 13th Panzer Division. They did not achieve their objective. [Bundesarchiv, Bild 101III-Altstadt-055-12 / Altstadt / CC-BY-SA 3.0]
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#onthisday in 1944 The Red Army captures Viteb…

#onthisday in 1944 The Red Army captures Vitebsk as part of Operation Bagration. The German LIII corps is destroyed in the process losing nearly 30,000 men killed or captured. Photo: Soldiers of the 158th Rifle Division’s 881st Rifle Regiment fighting in the area of the Vitebsk railway station, June, 1944. [Official Soviet photograph / Wikipedia]
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#OnThisDay: Under the command of Maj. Gen. Tho…

#OnThisDay: Under the command of Maj. Gen. Thomas Rhame, the #BigRedOne deployed more than 12,000 troops to support Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

On Feb. 24, 1991, the division spearheaded the attack that pierced Iraqi defenses, allowing Coalition forces to cut deep into the country and cut off the escape of the fleeing Iraqi army. #DutyFirst #1stIDhistory [1st Infantry Division on Facebook]
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Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC Reserv…

Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams, USMC Reserves, receives the Medal of Honor from President Truman #onthisday in 1945. His citation reads: *For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Demolition Sergeant serving with the First Battalion, Twenty-First Marines, Third Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Island, 23 February 1945. Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines and black, volcanic sands, Corporal Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machine-gun fire from the unyielding positions. Covered only by four riflemen, he fought desperately for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flame throwers, struggling back, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another. On one occasion he daringly mounted a pillbox to insert the nozzle of his flame thrower through the air vent, kill the occupants and silence the gun; on another he grimly charged enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and destroyed them with a burst of flame from his weapon. His unyielding determination and extraordinary heroism in the face of ruthless enemy resistance were directly instrumental in neutralizing one of the most fanatically defended Japanese strong points encountered by his regiment and aided in enabling his company to reach its’ objective. Corporal Williams’ aggressive fighting spirit and valiant devotion to duty throughout this fiercely contested action sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.*
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🇺🇸 #onthisday in 1820 the iconic US Army Gen…

🇺🇸 #onthisday in 1820 the iconic US Army General Bill Sherman was born. #history #usarmy #civilwar
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🇺🇸 January 31, 1968 was the deadliest day fo…

🇺🇸 January 31, 1968 was the deadliest day for US forces in Vietnam. 246 Americans were killed or missing in the vicious fighting of the Tet Offensive. #history #onthisday #vietnamwar
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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 #onthisday in 1170 Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered by four knights loyal to King Henry II of England. #history #england #medieval
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