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15/8/1914: The Battle of Cer begins as troops of Serbia’s 1st Combined Division engage Australia-Hungarian outposts on Cer mountain. The battle will last until the 24th.

 

15/8/1916: British submarines HMS E4 and HMS E41 collide. resulting in 47 deaths and only 15 survivors.

 

15/8/1917: Canadian forces begin the attack on Hill 70 at 0425. Their aim is to distract German forces from the Battle of Passchendale and to inflict as many casualties as possible.

 

15/8/1918: Due to weakening supply lines and improving German defences, Field Marshal Haig disobeys Allied Supreme Commander Foch’s order to continue the Amiens Offensive. Instead, he begins preparing the British 3rd Army and American II Corps for the 2nd Battle of the Somme.

 

15/8/1939: Commander of Submarines Karl Dönitz is ordered to deploy his U-boats to the Atlantic immediately.

 

15/8/1940: Two days after Adlertag, Luftflotte 5, based in German-occupied Scandinavia, begins operations against the north of England. 21 Bf-110 D-1/R-1s of I./ZG 76, led by Hauptmann Restemeyer and 70 He-111s of I and II./KG 26 take off. At 1345 hours, with the Luftwaffe formation still 40 kilometres out to sea, Spitfires of No. 72 SQN attack. Restemeyer’s Bf-110 explodes when his drop tank is hit. Another Bf-110, as well as a Heinkel, go down in the next few seconds. At 1340, No. 605 SQN joins the attack. With a third of the Gruppe destroyed, I./ZG 76 retreats back to Denmark, leaving KG 26 to fend for themselves.

 

The Luftwaffe has more success in the south, as Erprobungsgruppe 210 manages to knock out RAF Martlesham for two days. However, a later attack on RAF Croyden costs the Gruppe seven aircraft, including that of the Gruppenkommandeur, Hauptmann Rubensdörffer, the first of three ErprGr 210 Gruppenkommandeurs to be killed in the Battle of Britain. 

 

At mid-day and late afternoon, Adolf Galland shoots down three Spitfires, possible including that of New Zealand ace Alan Deere. Deere survives, and will go on to continue shooting down Axis aircraft. He survived the war with 18 victories to his name.

 

15/8/1941: German spy Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad in the Tower of London. He is the last person to die within the medieval prison.

 

15/8/1942: Operation Pedestal ends as the surviving merchant ships of the Pedestal convoy enter Valletta Harbour, Malta. While only 5 of the 14 merchants survived the Italian and German attacks, their cargo ensures that Malta will continue to fight, ultimately starving the Afrika Korps into submission.

 

15/8/1943: US and Canadian troops retake Kiska island, finding that the Japanese have deserted the island. Tragically, however, 21 Allied Soldiers are shot by their own men, due to a combination of thick fog and faulty intelligence which led them to believe there would be heavy resistance. Another four Americans are killed by Japanese mines.

 

15/8/1944: Allied forces begin the main landings of Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France. The American landing forces are overwhelmingly successful.

 

15/8/1945: With Japan starving, out of resources, bombed to ruin, and facing insurmountable odds, Emperor Hirohito’s announcement of Japan’s surrender is broadcast. However, many Japanese are left confused about the situation, as Hirohito makes no direct reference to a surrender, and it’s left up to the radio announcer to clarify that surrender is in fact taking place. After decades of propaganda, the announcement sends shockwaves through Japanese society.

 

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One of the most important events related to August 15 is the anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw in 1920. It is celebrated as the Polish Army Day in remembrance of one of the most important victories of the Polish army. It was an extremely important battle for all of Europe, because it stopped the Soviet invasion to the west. If the Polish Army with the help of our brother Hungarians, who helped us deliver weapons and ammunition did not stop the Soviet hordes, the most bloody totalitarian regime that was Soviet communism could already in 1920 control Europe. What would the effects be experienced by the inhabitants of Central and Eastern Europe after the Second World War. In 1851, the British historian Edward Shepard Creasy wrote a book entitled "Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World", while Edgar Vincent D'Abernon, diplomat and writer, added another three to this title list, and thus defeating the Bolsheviks near Warsaw gained the name of the 18th decisive battle in the history of the world. Thanks to this victory, the most hated symbol of totalitarianism, next to the sickle and hammer, the red star is used only in one strange state.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Warsaw_(1920)

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16/8/1914: The Battle of Liege ends with a German victory. However, the Belgian forces have successfully bought time for the French and British. 

 

Harold Milford is born. He will rise to the rank of Flight Lieutenant in the RAF, but after escaping Stalag Luft III, he faces execution by the Gestapo.

 

16/8/1915: The German battleships SMS Nassau and Posen, accompanied by four light cruisers and 31 torpedo boats, engage Russian forces in the Gulf of Riga, losing two ships.

 

16/8/1917: British and French forces begin the Battle of Langemarck, part of the Passchendale offensive.

 

16/8/1939: A Polish soldier is killed, allegedly after mistakenly entering the Danzig border. In response, Polish forces are granted permission to immediately shoot any German or Danziger troops in Polish territory on sight.

 

16/8/1940: 48 volunteers from the US 29th Infantry Regiment make the first US Army parachute jump, laying the foundation for the Airborne.

 

16/8/1941: Stalin issues order no. 270, forbidding Red Army troops from surrendering.

 

16/8/1942: Maykop is evacuated, and American aircraft begin operations against Axis forces in Egypt.

 

16/8/1943: German forces begin to deport all inhabitants of the Białystok Ghetto to death camps. The Jews fight back, preferring to die in combat than in a gas chamber. The 300 - 500 resistance fighters will hold out for four days, and some will manage to escape and join the Armia Krajowa.

 

Of the 60,000 Jews who lived in Białystok, only 700 will survive the war.

 

16/8/1944: Germany begins Operation Doppelkopf, an effort to strengthen their frontline after the Soviets’ very successful Operation Bagration.

 

16/8/1945: Emperor Hirohito orders Japanese forces to commence a ceasefire, and the Japanese cabinet resigns. Vice Admiral Takijirō Onishi, father of the kamikaze, commits seppuku, offering his death as an apology to the kamikaze pilots. He purposefully does not have a second on hand to behead him, resulting in his death lasting 15 hours.

 

Winston Churchill speaks against the Soviet Union in the House of Commons, warning that “tragedy on a prodigious scale” may be occurring “behind the iron curtain which at the moment divides Europe in twain.”

 

While the war with Japan still officially continues, Nationalist and Communist Chinese forces resume the fighting against each other with the Battle of Yongjiazhen.

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Cybermat, are you really intending to copy/paste this stuff here every day?   It's a bit arbitary and frankly unoriginal.  Don't you think this might become a little...tiresome?  

 

You are an interesting personality on these boards in your own right.  Couldn't you at least spin it up in your own words or sift through the dross for moments you think are important?

 

it would make it much more entertaining.  You notice Trupo's great thread over on the RoF forum - you know, the one we've both contributed to?  Well thats been done to death by a copy/paste artist.

 

Just a thought.......

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25 minutes ago, DD_Arthur said:

-snip-

 

I appreciate the advice mate, I’ll take it on board :)

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3 minutes ago, BraveSirRobin said:

I definitely see a lock in this thread’s future...

 

How come?

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2 minutes ago, BraveSirRobin said:

Politics, genius.  Did you even read the first response?

 

Well, I imagine that the moderators could simply remove any posts they find to be too politically charged, rather than locking the entire thread.

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1 minute ago, PB_Cybermat47 said:

 

Well, I imagine that the moderators could simply remove any posts they find to be too politically charged, rather than locking the entire thread.

 

Sparky, the stuff that YOU are posting is political.  I know you don’t understand why, but even lists of what you think are perfectly innocent historical events are seen very differently by many of the people who are reading them from different parts of the world.

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4 minutes ago, BraveSirRobin said:

 

Sparky, the stuff that YOU are posting is political.  I know you don’t understand why, but even lists of what you think are perfectly innocent historical events are seen very differently by many of the people who are reading them from different parts of the world.

 

So your suggestion is that we should discuss WWI and WWII without getting into politics?

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1 minute ago, PB_Cybermat47 said:

 

So your suggestion is that we should discuss WWI and WWII without getting into politics?

 

Rule 7.  No politics.

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and last post from cybermat was the 7777th of this section i knew it would be interesting :)

 

sorry to ruin the moment with one more :)

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