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On This Day In History....in here for your military themed anniversaries - big and small

Surprised no one posted this on the 6th August, OTD in 1945 the second American Atomic Bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki, killing an estimated 39,000 to 80,000 people, apparently one of which was a British POW.
Nagasaki was the 2nd and last city to date, to be subjected to a nuclear blast. It ultimately shortened the War and led to the Japanese surrender. Post war the Americans took on the job of defending the Japanese people, as the surrender forbid the Japanese doing the job themselves, now 75 years later, Trump is talking of the Japanese “looking after themselves”


Possibly because there was a dedicated thread running on the subject?

 
Possibly because there was a dedicated thread running on the subject?

Hmmm, there I was studying the title of this thread, couldn’t make my mind up if I should post Nagasaki in the Hiroshima thread or whether or not the 75th anniversary of both was a big or small event or whether dropping a thermo-nuclear device was actually cheating or not, I mean is it military enough for you! I guess you showed me eh!
 
On this day 15the August 1941 Josef Jakobs, a German spy becomes the last person to be executed in the Tower of London. Due injuries he sustained parachuting into England he is also believed to be the only person subject to the firing squad whilst sitting down in a Windsor chair.


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Due injuries he sustained parachuting into England he is also believed to be the only person subject to the firing squad whilst sitting down in a Windsor chair.

In the Tower perhaps, but certainly not the only one in the UK (as was at the time).

'Connolly had been so badly injured from the fighting (a doctor had already said he had no more than a day or two to live, but the execution order was still given) that he was unable to stand before the firing squad; he was carried to a prison courtyard on a stretcher. His absolution and last rites were administered by a Capuchin, Father Aloysius Travers. Asked to pray for the soldiers about to shoot him, he said: "I will say a prayer for all men who do their duty according to their lights."[35] Instead of being marched to the same spot where the others had been executed, at the far end of the execution yard, he was tied to a chair and then shot.[36]'

 
In the Tower perhaps, but certainly not the only one in the UK (as was at the time).

'Connolly had been so badly injured from the fighting (a doctor had already said he had no more than a day or two to live, but the execution order was still given) that he was unable to stand before the firing squad; he was carried to a prison courtyard on a stretcher. His absolution and last rites were administered by a Capuchin, Father Aloysius Travers. Asked to pray for the soldiers about to shoot him, he said: "I will say a prayer for all men who do their duty according to their lights."[35] Instead of being marched to the same spot where the others had been executed, at the far end of the execution yard, he was tied to a chair and then shot.[36]'


If there is one single event that makes an Englishman shake his head at the stupidity of the English it must be this.
 
1950Major General William F. Dean was reported missing in action as his 24th Infantry Division fought its way out of Taejon. During that action, he set the example by single-handedly attacking a T-34 tank with a grenade and directing the fire of others from an exposed position. As his division withdrew, he remained with the rearguard, rounding up stragglers and aiding the wounded.

His Wiki entry is quite a read. LINK
 

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Fifty-four years ago today, the battle of Long Tan.
 

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