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Description of the Battle of Santiago by Lieutenant Thomas A. Kearney, 07/03/1898

<b>Description of the Battle of Santiago by Lieutenant Thomas A. Kearney, 07/03/1898</b><p>During the Spanish-American War, the Spanish Caribbean Fleet left its protected harbor at Santiago, Cuba, at 9:35 a.m. on July 3, 1898.<p>Lt. Thomas Kearny aboard the U.S. Armed Yacht <i>Vixen</i> wrote this account of the Spanish attempt to reach open sea and safety. The blockading American Fleet opened fire and began the largest naval engagement of the war. Seventy-five minutes later, the Spanish fleet ceased to exist; …

The teenage radio enthusiasts who helped win World War II

<b>To mark the centenary of the Radio Society of Great Britain, one of its members recalls how the amateur organisation played a key role in a covert operation to safeguard the country's independence.</b><p>One day, towards the start of World War II, a captain wearing the Royal Signals uniform knocked on a …

World War II

Kursk legacy: Will there ever be another massive tank battle?

<b>It's 70 years since Kursk, the largest tank battle in history. Will there ever be another battle involving thousands of tanks on each side or has armoured warfare had its day?</b><p>Before dawn on 5 July 1943 explosions lit up the Russian sky and the earth shook to a huge bombardment. As the sun rose, …

Military

Major Genl HalleckWe have certain information that Vicksburg surrendered to General Grant on the 4th of July

Major Genl Halleck<br>We have certain information that Vicksburg surrendered to General Grant on the 4th of July. Now, if Gen. Meade can complete his work so gloriously prosecuted thus far, by the litteral(sic) or substantial destruction of Lee’s army, the rebellion will be over.<br>Yours truly,<i><br>A. LINCOLN</i><p>President Abraham Lincoln penned this note to his General-in-Chief Henry Halleck on July 7, 1863, three days after the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg.<p>The note, which had long eluded …

July 7, 1937: The Marco Polo Bridge Incident begins

<b>July 7, 1937: The Marco Polo Bridge Incident begins.</b><p>The battle on the Marco Polo (or <i>Luguo</i>) Bridge, located kilometers outside Beijing, then called Beiping, marked the beginning of the full-scale invasion of China by the Japanese Empire and the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the largest war in Asia of the 20th century. It coincided with and eventually merged with World War II, becoming a part of the larger conflict in the Pacific and much of Asia.<p>In 1931, Japan seized the …