Day 1: August 28
August 29: Attack on the Unfinished Railroad
While Longstreet’s 25,000-man corps was slowly making his way towards the battlefield from a fight at Thoroughfare Gap the day before, Stonewall Jackson prepared his corps for the defense of the unfinished railroad north of Manassas Junction and the small village of Groveton. He placed A. P. Hill’s division on the left near Bull Run, Alexander Lawton’s division in the center, and William Starke’s division on the right, positioned on Stony Ridge.
Exactly 68 years ago, the largest amphibious invasion took place on June 6th, 1944. 150,000 American, British, and Canadian troops landed on five different beaches in Northern France. This is Operation Overlord.
We will never forget the men and women who died to give us our right to freedom.
Take some time off today to remember those who have given their lives to preserve freedom for us. We could never repay them.
On this day in 1945, the entire world celebrated as Alfred Jodl, the secretary of Hitler, signed the unconditional surrender treaty, ending the War on the Western Front. The Soviet Red Army suffered tremendous casualties, but Berlin was theirs. This is the Battle of Berlin and VE Day.
Here is what happened this week in the American Civil War.
On the day of August 24, 1942, two armies clashed in one of the largest and bloodiest battles in WWII. The German 6th Army attacked two Soviet Armies at the city of Stalingrad. Six monthes of bloody fighting for one city, almost 2 million casualties of men and equipment, and one ruined city. This is the Battle of Stalingrad. Continue reading