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Re: Today in History

Postby Peter1469 » Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:17 pm

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MisterD wrote:I can't imagine what it would be like to have so much of a firepower disadvantage.



Desert Storm was like that for me. It was total dominance over the enemy. Only one guy in my unit was killed.


I can imagine and the Iraqis had no where to hide.


They had extensive bunker and trench works (where we were).

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Re: Today in History

Postby valleyranch » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:15 pm

Uncle Joe, was in Africa, managing the repair and up keep of the Tanks and other epuipment. Jim Spingola a tank commander in Africa and than into Europe remembered also a mechanic named Dempsey, who used a tank with a four inch pipe welded on the front of the turret to look like a cannon, as a service vehicle to come up to service the tank, Spingola's tank had a three cylinder engine. Jim said: When starting up in the morning the engine made a terrible racket, the Germans would lob rounds in the directions of the sound hoping for a lucky hit.


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James Spingola, a good man, died sanding the South Lake Tahoe High School hill one winter, he worked for the school district as an electrician.

Uncle Joe: Joseph Adalian was drafted into the army at the age of 47, given a commission of Technical Sargent later promoted Master Sargent.

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Re: Today in History

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Re: Today in History

Postby Peter1469 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:23 pm

Oct 17, 1558
Elizabethan Age begins

Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth.

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In foreign affairs, Elizabeth practiced a policy of strengthening England’s Protestant allies and dividing her foes. Elizabeth was opposed by the pope, who refused to recognize her legitimacy, and by Spain, a Catholic nation that was at the height of its power. In 1588, English-Spanish rivalry led to an abortive Spanish invasion of England in which the Spanish Armada, the greatest naval force in the world at the time, was destroyed by storms and a determined English navy.

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Re: Today in History

Postby Peter1469 » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:46 pm

Peter1469 wrote:Oct 17, 1558
Elizabethan Age begins

Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth.

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In foreign affairs, Elizabeth practiced a policy of strengthening England’s Protestant allies and dividing her foes. Elizabeth was opposed by the pope, who refused to recognize her legitimacy, and by Spain, a Catholic nation that was at the height of its power. In 1588, English-Spanish rivalry led to an abortive Spanish invasion of England in which the Spanish Armada, the greatest naval force in the world at the time, was destroyed by storms and a determined English navy.


Sorry, November, not Octiber

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Re: Today in History

Postby MisterD » Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:56 pm

Peter1469 wrote:
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Desert Storm was like that for me. It was total dominance over the enemy. Only one guy in my unit was killed.


I can imagine and the Iraqis had no where to hide.


They had extensive bunker and trench works (where we were).


What I mean is that they can't disengage by disappearing into impenetrable jungle like the NVA and VC were able to do.

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Re: Today in History

Postby MisterD » Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:58 pm

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Peter1469 wrote:Oct 17, 1558
Elizabethan Age begins

Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth.

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In foreign affairs, Elizabeth practiced a policy of strengthening England’s Protestant allies and dividing her foes. Elizabeth was opposed by the pope, who refused to recognize her legitimacy, and by Spain, a Catholic nation that was at the height of its power. In 1588, English-Spanish rivalry led to an abortive Spanish invasion of England in which the Spanish Armada, the greatest naval force in the world at the time, was destroyed by storms and a determined English navy.


Sorry, November, not Octiber


Spanish losses were largely due to storms. I didn't learn that growing up. I got the impression that there was a tremendous English naval victory and the Armada was destroyed. In fact, most of the damage the Armada suffered was off the Scotland in bad weather.

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Re: Today in History

Postby Peter1469 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:37 pm

MisterD wrote:
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I can imagine and the Iraqis had no where to hide.


They had extensive bunker and trench works (where we were).


What I mean is that they can't disengage by disappearing into impenetrable jungle like the NVA and VC were able to do.



No they couldn't. One major battle ended when the Iraqis killed their battalion commander and then surrendered to us.

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Re: Today in History

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MisterD wrote:
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Peter1469 wrote:Oct 17, 1558
Elizabethan Age begins

Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth.

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In foreign affairs, Elizabeth practiced a policy of strengthening England’s Protestant allies and dividing her foes. Elizabeth was opposed by the pope, who refused to recognize her legitimacy, and by Spain, a Catholic nation that was at the height of its power. In 1588, English-Spanish rivalry led to an abortive Spanish invasion of England in which the Spanish Armada, the greatest naval force in the world at the time, was destroyed by storms and a determined English navy.


Sorry, November, not Octiber


Spanish losses were largely due to storms. I didn't learn that growing up. I got the impression that there was a tremendous English naval victory and the Armada was destroyed. In fact, most of the damage the Armada suffered was off the Scotland in bad weather.


My history classes got the storms as the savior of England.

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Re: Today in History

Postby Peter1469 » Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:03 am

November 19, 1863
Lincoln delivers Gettysburg Address

I have been to Gettysburg once. It is a huge battlefield. Many other Civil War battlefields that I have been to (and Yorktown from our War of Independence) are surprisingly small. And I stood at the spot where Lincoln gave his address.

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On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought some four months earlier, was the single bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Over the course of three days, more than 45,000 men were killed, injured, captured or went missing. The battle also proved to be the turning point of the war: General Robert E. Lee’s defeat and retreat from Gettysburg marked the last Confederate invasion of Northern territory and the beginning of the Southern army’s ultimate decline.

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Here is a video about the address: video

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