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Battle-Group Langkeit in the fighting east of the River Oder, January 1945

Battle Biography German Units 34 Min Read

Willy Langkeit (2nd from left) Willi Langkeit was wounded in the fighting that took place in that area around Schaulen. He was hospitalized and sent to the homeland to convalesce, where he was placed in charge of the division’s replacement brigade in Cottbus. But he was not there for long. By the end of January 1945, he was again leading…

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The Pendulum Swings from East to West

October 7th commemorates the victory of a coalition of western nations over the Ottoman Turks at the Battle of Lepanto, a battle which is widely considered one of the most significant in all of history. The result of the battle was the utter destruction of the Ottoman fleet, resulting in…

Battle British 23 Min Read

Dargai, 20 October 1897 Part I

The Gordon Highlanders storming Dargai Heights during the Tirah campaign in 1897. It was here that Piper Findlater won his VC. He was wounded and unable to walk and exposed to enemy fire. Despite this and his exposed position he continued playing, to encourage the Highlanders in their assault on…

Battle British 23 Min Read

Dargai, 20 October 1897 Part II

Storming the Dargai Heights. Darkness put an end to the fighting. In addition to the casualties mentioned above, the Gordons had sustained another man killed and seven wounded. Dead and wounded alike were carried down the rough two-mile track to the road, on reaching which the battalion formed up and…

Battle 16 Min Read

Ia Drang Valley

The 1st Cavalry Division deploys the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, at Ia Drang two miles to the northeast of Landing Zone X-Ray. There they are ambushed by Communist forces and nearly overrun until rescued by the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry. American losses are 276 men to an estimated 400 Viet…

Battle 11 Min Read

Battle of Reports – Gettysburg I

In the orders, issued less than a month before the Battle of Gettysburg, Adjultant General and Inspector General CS Army Samuel Cooper required all officers to “confine their statements to the facts and events connected with the matter on which they report.” This included “sieges, campaigns or battles.” He emphasized…

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Battle of Reports – Gettysburg II

Map of the third and final day during the Battle of Gettysburg. There are, however, other trails to follow. Several Confederate officers who fought at Gettysburg, who knew Pickett well, and who were likely to be familiar with his report later talked about its contents. These included E. P. Alexander,…

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