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Armed conflicts in the history of humanity from the ancient times to the 20th Century.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:26 pm

July 2:

A very important day.


Gettysburg!


At July 2, 1863 the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia of 70,000 men, Robert E. Lee commanding attacked the flanks of the Army of the Potomac, 80,000 men, George Meade commanding ourside of Gettysburg.
The day before the confederates pushed the dutchmen of Howard´s Ist Corps out of the town and Hancock entrenched them at the hill´s surrounding it.
Today was the day in which the XX Maine regiment of volunteers under a profesor, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain did support continued attacks of Longstreet´s men at Little Round Top and, when they ran out of ammo then Chamberlain ordered a bayonet charge that destroyed his attackers.
For his day in Little Round Top Chamberlain got the Congressional Medal of Honor. Later he was made Brigadier General and wounded 6 times. When the Confederacy surrendered at Appotamox Chamberlain was a Major General and appointed by Grant to receive the surrender of the South.
But today is the anniversary of Little Round Top where 350 volunteers from Maine saved the day for the North (and they save it because if Chamberlain would have collapse then all the northern flank would have cave in and the South, likely would have won the battle, the war and their place in History).

Other important events:

963 - The imperial army proclaims Nicephorus Phocas to be Emperor of the Romans on the plains outside Cappadocian Caesarea.
1298 - The Battle of Göllheim is fought between Albert I of Habsburg and Adolf of Nassau-Weilburg.
1561 - Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia defeats a revolt in Emfraz.
1582 - Battle of Yamazaki: Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeats Akechi Mitsuhide.
1613 - First English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia - led by Samuel Argall.
1644 - English Civil War: Battle of Marston Moor.
1853 - The Russian Army invades Turkey, beginning the Crimean War.


Hey, for the navigation fans:

1900 - First zeppelin flight on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
1937 - Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.


This is beautifull:

1947 - An object speculated to be a UFO crashes near Roswell, New Mexico

This is the proof that the theorisist know nothing about war, specially democrats:

1976 - North and South Vietnam, divided since 1954, reunite to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Anyway, the important feature is the Gettysburg battle.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:34 pm

July 3rd:


Two very important military actions on this date:

First: 1863. Gettysburg last day, the Pickett Charge!
Second: 1898. Naval Battle at Santiago, Cuba between USN and Spanish Navy.

About the Naval Battle(from Wikipedia):

The Battle of Santiago de Cuba on July 3,1898, was the largest naval engagement of the Spanish-American War and resulted in the destruction of the Spanish Caribbean Squadron (also known as the Flota de Ultramar). In May 1898, Spanish Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete, was first spotted in Santiago Harbor where his fleet had taken shelter for protection from sea attack. For two months there was a stand-off between the Spanish naval forces and American. When the Spanish squadron attempted to leave the harbor on July 3, the American forces destroyed or grounded five of the six ships. Only one vessel, the speedy new armored cruiser Cristobal Colón, still survived.

During the stand-off, United States Assistant Naval Constructor Richmond Pearson Hobson had been ordered by Rear Admiral William T. Sampson to sink the Civil War collier Merrimac in the harbor to bottle up the Spanish fleet. The mission was a failure, and Hobson and his crew were captured. They were exchanged on July 6, and Hobson became a national hero; he received the Medal of Honor in 1933 and became a Congressman.


About Gettysburg:

After July 2 attempts to destroy the flanks of the Union Army Robert E. Lee is convinced that those flanks have been reinforced and that the center of the Union position is weak. His second in command, James "Old Pete" Longstreet is not so convinced about that, he knew that the Union center is under the command of his old friend Winfield Scott Hancock and a lot of Irish forces that would not run as Howard´s dutchmen did on July 1st.
Lee appointed Longstreet to lead the attack, even after the protests of the latter. Longstreet would attack in a line of about a mile with 15,000 troops from three divisions: Trimble, Pettygrew and Pickett (the attack is known as the Pickett Charge because "Old George Pickett" has very good PR while his comrades don´t). Before the attack begins all the Southern artillery would fire the greatest barrage of the war in order to destroy the Union positions. But Hancock knews what Lee is attempting and he withdraws his people and guns from the fire zone only to re occupy them when the barrage is over and the enemy formed "parade-like" to charge against him.
The Charge of the Light Brigade had 30 per cent casualties; Pickett´s Charge ammounted 50 per cent casualties and the position was not taken. After it the South never had again the capability for offensive operations and went to the defense for the next two years only to finish as all the defensive campaigns: defeat.
At Gettysburg the combined casualties are of 53,000 dead, wounded and missing. 53,000 casualties in just three days (about 736 casualties per hour)! After reading about it one cannot understand why CNN is crying loud for 3,000 US casualties in Irak in 4 years (0,0856 casualties per hour. You need 12 hours for a complete casualty).

Well, warriors then and "profesional soldiers" today. That´s how a guy with horses and arrows could conquer the world some thousand years ago and nowaday you had nuclear devices and supersonic planes but you can´t control a bunch of camel drivers...

Another important events on July 3:

324 - Battle of Adrianople Constantine I defeats Licinius, who flees to Byzantium.
1250 - Louis IX of France is captured by Baibars' Mamluk army at the Battle of Fariskur while he is in Egypt conducting the Seventh Crusade; he later has to ransom himself.
1754 - French and Indian War: George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to French forces.
1775 - American Revolutionary War: George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
1778 - American Revolutionary War: British forces massacre 360 men, women & children in the Wyoming Valley massacre.
1778 - Prussia declares war on Austria.
1866 - Austro-Prussian War is decided at the Battle of Königgratz, resulting in Prussia taking over as the prominent German nation from Austria.
1944 - World War II: Minsk was liberated from Nazi control by Soviet troops during Operation Bagration.
1962 - The Algerian War of Independence against the French ends with the defeat of the colonial power.


One involving a warship but not a cool one at all:

1988 - United States Navy warship USS Vincennes shoots down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf, killing all 290 people aboard.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:41 pm

July 4th:

Well: The US Independence!
Happy birthday Uncle Sam, God bless you and let you defend our western civilization against nazis, commies and fanatical muslim vermin! I don´t believe Belgium, France or Paraguay could (or want) fought for the rest of us... as a matter of fact I don´t believe they could fight for themselves neither...

And, even with a stupid President as Bush, everybody want´s to go in, live and work in the US, not to run from there so it still is the most succesfull society in the world. Just keep an eye on China and prepare for a war overseas in the next twenty five years, one or two more marine divisions must be considered...

OK, other events:

1187 - The Crusades: Battle of Hattin - Saladin defeats Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem.
1253 - Battle of West-Capelle: John I of Avesnes defeats Guy of Dampierre.
1359 - Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.
1810 - The French occupy Amsterdam.
1859 - Austro-Sardinian War: The Battle of Magenta.
1863 - American Civil War: Battle of Vicksburg - Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant after 47 days of siege. 150 miles up the Mississippi River, a Confederate Army is repulsed at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas.
1918 - Bolsheviks kill Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date).
1976 - Israeli commandos raid Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by Palestinian terrorists.
1976 - The United States celebrates its bicentennial.


A naval one:

1992 - USS George Washington (CVN-73), a Nimitz Class aircraft carrier of the United States Navy is commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia.

2004 - The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. (This was largely a symbolic event; actual construction would not start for several weeks)
2006 - North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Thu Jul 05, 2007 2:52 pm

July 5th:

A busy day:

1295 - Scotland and France form an alliance, the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England.
1770 - Battle of Chesma and Battle of Larga between the Russian Empire and the Ottoman Empire.
1803 - The convention of Artlenburg leads to the French occupation of Hanover (which had been ruled by the British king).
1809 - Battle of Wagram starts, the two-day battle was the largest yet of the Napoleonic Wars. .
1813 - War of 1812: Three weeks of British raids on Fort Schlosser, Black Rock and Plattsburgh, New York begin.
1814 - War of 1812: Battle of Chippewa - American Major General Jacob Brown defeats British General Phineas Riall at Chippewa, Ontario.
1830 - France invades Algeria.

Wow, what a feat! Look down for 1962 to see the logical outcome...
1833 - Admiral Charles Napier defeats the navy of the Portuguese usurper Dom Miguel at the third Battle of Cape St. Vincent.
1940 - World War II: The United Kingdom and the Vichy France government break off diplomatic relations.
1941 - World War II: German troops reach the Dniepr River.
1943 - World War II: An Allied invasion fleet sails for Sicily (Operation Husky, July 10, 1943).


Ok. The next is a great one, a real great one: the greatest field battle of all times:

1943 - the Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history, starts with a German tank attack on Soviet forces.

Of course July 5th was the beginning. Next week is when we have the climax at Prochorovka were the super Waffen SS Pz Divisions colided with the Russian Tanks Armies. But today, sixty four years ago, the earth was shaking a hundred miles from the battlefield because of the German artillery barrage and the Russians "katushas".

Another important one: Old Douglas McArthur did it again!

1945 - World War II: Liberation of the Philippines declared.

1950 - Korean War: Task Force Smith - First clash between American and North Korean forces.

After the anniversary of the invasion the logical outcome:

1962 - Algeria becomes independent from France.

2006 - North Korea launched at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile.
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Post by RF » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:06 am

July 6th 1685:

Battle of Sedgemoor

The last full scale battle to take place in England, between the forces of James Scott, Duke of Monmouth and Buccleouth and illegitimate son of England's Charles II, and the forces of James II, led by Louis Dumas, Earl of Feversham (yes, a Frenchman with an English title!) with one of Winston Churchill's ancestors as second in command.

In itself not a major battle, between six and seven thousand troops commited in total. The actual site of the battle, which took place at night in dense fog, is not clear, as it is located in flat ''fen'' drained country to the immediate east of Bridgewater, Somerset, between Chedzoy and Westonzoyland, and now traversed by the M5 motorway.

Casualties were not of major proportion: the rebel army defeated with 300 dead and over 1,000 taken prisoner by ''Kirke's Lambs'' aka the Tangier Regiment, whilst the Kings Army lost 16 dead and about 80 wounded.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:32 pm

Hi RF: :clap: Never heard of that particular battle, thanks for let us know...

Let´s see July 6th:

1495 - First Italian War: Battle of Fornovo Charles VIII defeats the Holy League, but ultimately ends his attempted conquest of Italy.
1630 - Thirty-Years War: 4,000 Swedish troops under Gustavus Adolphus land in Pomerania, Germany.
1777 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Ticonderoga: Due to a bombardment by British artillery under General John Burgoyne, American forces retreat from Fort Ticonderoga, New York.
1801 - Battle of Algeciras: The French navy are defeated by the British Royal Navy.

Doesn´t that sound a little bit known?

1849 - Battle of Fredericia, Denmark, Danish Army under Generals Bülow and Rye beat the Army of Schleswig-Holstein, thereby keeping the Prussians from any victory over Denmark until 1864.
1917 - World War I: Arabian troops led by Lawrence of Arabia and Auda ibu Tayi capture Aqaba from the Turks during the Arab Revolt.
1967 - Biafran War: Nigerian forces invade Biafra, beginning the war.


From yesterday´s events: The German north pinzer at Kursk begins to have troubles because Model cannot advance against ferocious soviet resistance. At the South pinzer Paul "papa" Hauser´s 3 Waffen SS Pz divisions succesfully penetrates the initial soviet defenses causing incredible casualties to the enemy. Somewhere behind soviet lines the order is given for the 5th Guard Tank Army to began it´s march to the front. That Army is the spearhead of soviet forces that will colide with Hauser at Prochorovka and produce the greatest tank battle in History and the greatest battle of WWII.

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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:27 pm

July 7th:

1543 - French troops invade Luxembourg.

Man, man, David vs. Goliath indeed!

1777 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton
1798 - Quasi-War: The U.S. Congress rescinds treaties with France sparking the 'war.'
1799 - Ranjit Singh's men take up their positions outside Lahore.
1807 - Napoleonic Wars: Peace of Tilsit between France, Prussia and Russia ends the Fourth Coalition.
1846 - Mexican-American War: American troops occupy Monterey and Yerba Buena, thus beginning the United States annexation of California.
1863 - United States begins first military draft; exemptions cost $100
1865 - American Civil War: Four conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln were hanged.
1898 - History of United States overseas expansion: President William McKinley signs the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawaii as a territory of the United States.
1915 - World War I: End of First Battle of the Isonzo.
1937 - Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Lugou Bridge - Japanese forces invade Beijing, China.
1941 - World War II: American forces land in Iceland to forestall an invasion by Germany.
1941 - World War II: Beirut is occupied by Free France and British troops.
1983 - Cold War: Samantha Smith, a U.S. schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov.
1991 - Yugoslav Wars: Brioni Agreement ended ten-day independence war in Slovenia against the rest of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
1994 - Aden is secured by troops from North Yemen, completing the reunification of Yemen.
2002 - A scandal broke out in the United Kingdom when news reports alleged MI6 of sheltering Abu Qatada, the supposed European Al Qaeda leader.
2005 - A series of four terrorist explosions occur on London's transport system killing 52 people, plus four suicide bombers.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:33 pm

June 8th:

68 - The Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba.
793 - The first Viking raid on British soil at Lindisfarne where a set date for the raid is known.
Now I´m confused... :think:
1191 - Richard I arrives in Acre thus beginning his crusade.
1776 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Trois-Rivières - American invaders are driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec.


1861 - American Civil War: Tennessee secedes from the Union.
1862 - American Civil War: Battle of Cross Keys - Confederate forces under General Stonewall Jackson save the Army of Northern Virginia from a Union assault on the James Peninsula led by General George B. McClellan.

Where is a Stonewall Jackson nowadays? With such a leader Al-Qaeda will survive 5 seconds flat (and all those that shelter the vermin)

1941 - World War II: Allies invade Syria and Lebanon.
1942 - World War II: Japanese imperial submarines I-21 and I-24 shell the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle.
1950 - Sir Thomas Blamey becomes the only Field Marshal in Australian history.


This is funny:
1959 - The USS Barbero and United States Postal Service attempt the delivery of mail via Missile Mail.
1966 - One of the XB-70 Valkyrie prototypes is destroyed in a mid-air collision with a F-104 Starfighter chase plane during a photo shoot. NASA pilot Joseph A. Walker and USAF test pilot Carl Cross were both killed.
1967 - Six-Day War: The USS Liberty incident occurs, killing 34 and wounding 171.
1995 - Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady is rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:36 pm

June 9th:

1863 - American Civil War: Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia.
1915 - U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan resigns over a disagreement regarding the United States' handling of the RMS Lusitania sinking.
1935 - Ho-Umezu Agreement: the Republic of China, under KMT administration, recognized Japanese occupations in Northeast China.
1944 - World War II: The Soviet Union invades East Karelia and the previously Finnish part of Karelia, since 1941 occupied by Finland.
1959 - The USS George Washington is launched as the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles.
1967 - Israel captures the Golan Heights from Syria during the Six-Day War.
1999 - Kosovo War: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:45 pm

June 10th:


1190 - Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Saleph River while leading an army to Jerusalem.
1619 - Thirty Years' War: Battle of Záblatí, a turning point in the Bohemian Revolt.
1719 - Battle of Glen Shiel


Where and what was GLen Shiel? :think:

1793 - French Revolution: Following arrests of Girondin leaders the Jacobins gain control of the Committee of Public Safety installing the revolutionary dictatorship.
1805 - First Barbary War: Yussif Karamanli signs a treaty ending hostilities with the United States.

1846 - Mexican-American War: The California Republic declares independence from Mexico.

Now California is more wealthy than many european countries. I wonder about the degree of poverty, corruption and tirany if California would had stayed as part of Mexico?

1854 - The first class of United States Naval Academy students graduate.
1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Brice's Crossroads – Confederate troops under Nathan Bedford Forrest defeat a much larger Union force led by General Samuel D. Sturgis in Mississippi.
1871 - Sinmiyangyo: Captain McLane Tilton leads 109 Marines in naval attack on Han River forts on Kanghwa Island, Korea.
Beautifull to see somethinf alike nowadays: a little bit more agressive and warriorlike behaivor...

1898 - Spanish-American War: US Marines land on the island of Cuba.
1918 - Austro-Hungarian battleship SMS Szent Istvan sinks after being torpedoed by an Italian MAS motorboat.
1940 - World War II: Italy declares war on France and the United Kingdom.
1940 - World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt denounces Italy's actions with "Stab in the Back" speech from the graduation ceremonies of the University of Virginia.
1940 - World War II: German forces, under General Erwin Rommel, reach the English Channel.
1940 - World War II: Canada declares war on Italy.
1940 - World War II: Norway Surrenders to German forces.
1942 - World War II: Nazis burn the Czech village of Lidice as reprisal for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich.
1945 - Australian Imperial Forces landed in Brunei Bay to liberate Brunei.
1965 - Vietnam War: Battle of Dong Xoai begins.
1967 - Six-Day War ends: Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire.
1991 - In what was dubbed "The Mother of All Parades," New York City hosts a parade welcoming back troops from Operation Desert Storm.
1997 - Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of his defense chief Son Sen and 11 of Sen's family members before Pol Pot flees his northern stronghold.
1999 - Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:41 pm

July 10th:


48 BC - Battle of Dyrrhachium, Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia.
1645 - English Civil War: Battle of Langport.
1778 - American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1940 - World War II: Vichy France government established.
1940 - World War II: Battle of Britain - The German Luftwaffe begin to hit British convoys in the English Channel thus starting the battle (this start date is contested, though).
1943 - World War II: The launching of Operation Husky begins the Italian Campaign.
1951 - Korean War: At Kaesong, armistice negotiations begin.
1976 - One US and three UK mercenaries executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial.


Also, sixty four years ago, the German and Russian forces involved in the Battle of Kursk´s south pinzer were approaching Prokhorovka. The greatest battle of all times is just 48 hours away...
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:51 pm

July 11th:

1156 - Siege of Shirakawa-den in Japan.
1302 - Battle of the Golden Spurs (Guldensporenslag in Dutch) - a coalition around the Flemish cities defeats the king of France's huge knightly army.
1405 - Chinese fleet commander Zheng He set sail to explore the world for the first time.
1798 - The United States Marine Corps is re-established; they had been disbanded after the American Revolutionary War.
1864 - Confederate forces attempt an invasion of Washington, D.C.
1921 - Truce called in the Irish War of Independence; see Irish calendar.
1940 - World War II: Vichy France regime formally established. Henri Philippe Pétain becomes Prime Minister of France.
1943 - World War II: Allied invasion of Sicily - German and Italian troops launch a counter-attack on Allied forces in Sicily.
1944 - Franklin D. Roosevelt says he will run for a fourth term as President of the United States.
1995 - Srebrenica Genocide: Serb army from Yugoslavia and Bosnia, capture the Bosniak town of Srebrenica. More than eight thousands inhabitants are murdered. It is generally regarded to be the most horrific event in recent European history.


Still Europe did nothing until the United States decided to intervene... and they had the wishfull hope to stop cold the Soviet Shock Armies at Fulda Gap in a WWIII scenario... of course, fought by US VII Corps!
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Post by Karl Heidenreich » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:42 pm

July 12:

1191 - Saladin's garrison surrenders, ending the two-year siege of Acre. Conrad of Montferrat, who has negotiated the surrender, raises the banners of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and of the Third Crusade leaders Richard I of England, Philip II of France, and Leopold V of Austria on the city's walls and towers.
1573 - Spanish forces under the Duke of Alba capture Haarlem after a seven month siege.
1690 - Battle of the Boyne (Gregorian calendar) - The armies of William III defeat those of the former James II.
1691 - Battle of Aughrim (Julian calendar) - The decisive victory of William's forces in Ireland.
1759 - Seven Years' War - French and Indian War: British cannons start firing on French at Quebec City, from Lévis, Quebec.
1812 - War of 1812: The United States invade Canada at Windsor, Ontario.
1862 - Medal of Honor authorized by the United States Congress.



1943 - World War II: Battle of Prokhorovka - German and Soviet forces engage in largest tank engagement of all time.

Today the fierce battle raged when the greatest armoured formations clashed at the outskirst of Prokhorovka. One Waffen SS Panzer division alone against a complete Tank Army while other two Pz divisions clashed at the flanks with numerical superior enemies.
The battle of all times was today sixty four years ago...

The lead division of the Panzerkorps involved in the battle during the day was the Totenkopf, with 101 operational tanks, including 10 Tigers and 7 command tanks, along with 21 Sturmgeschütze and 11 Marders, and had its tanks moved north across the Psel river, and was involved in fighting 5th Guards 6,th Guards, and 1st Tank Armies.
The other two divisions were Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, with 67 operational tanks on the evening of 11 July, including 4 Tiger Tanks, 7 command tanks, and 4 obsolete Panzer IIs. Additionally 10 Sturmgeschütz assault guns and 20 lightly armoured Marder tank hunters, and Das Reich, with 68 operational tanks including command tanks, 1 Tiger, and 8 captured T-34s. Additionally 27 Sturmgeschütze and 12 Marders were present.

Meanwhile the soviets on the field had the 5th Guards Tank Army. The total tank strength of the army stood at 850 tanks. Many of these however, were obsolete T-70a and lend-lease tanks. The breakdown was 501 T-34a, 261 T-70s, 35 Churchills, 40 self-propelled guns of the SU-122 and SU-76 type, and a small but unknown number of heavy KV-1 tanks.
The army fielded the 2nd Guards, 18th, and 29th Tank Corps in the first echelon. 5th Mechanised Corps and the already weakened 2nd Tank Corps were kept in reserve. 18th Tank Corps fielded 144 tanks on the afternoon of 11 July, while 29th Tank Corps fielded 212 tanks and self-propelled guns. Together with the formations committed during the day, the total number of Soviet tanks in the battle probably reached 500.

The Soviet 1st Tank Army also attacked elements of the German XLVIIIth Panzerkorps, but this was not directly related to the tank battle of Prokhorovka.

Casualties:
Russian: 300 tanks destroyed
300 tanks damaged
German: 3 tanks destroyed
80 tanks damaged
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Post by Bgile » Fri Jul 13, 2007 5:17 am

I believe there were larger tank battles both in the Yom Kippur war and the 91 Iraq invasion.

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Post by Lutscha » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:37 am

The largest tank battle of WW2 seems to have been one battle at the beginning of the Invasion of France with 2 German vs to French tank divisions. (600 vs 540)


But I don`t know more about this one.

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