Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan commander of the Greek army in the Battle of Plataea. Along the with the Greek victory on the same day in the Battle of Mycale, the Persian invasion of Greece is halted.
A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.
Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Roman Republic.
In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar's assassin Decimus Junius Brutus in Mutina, defeats the forces of the consul Pansa, who is killed.
Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian's forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide.
Roman General Titus and his forces set up battering rams to assault the walls of Jerusalem
Battle of Adrianople, Goth army defeats Roman forces under Emperor Valens
Roman general Orestes forces western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos to flee his capital city, Ravenna.
Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire
Battle of Badr, Muhammad's Muslim forces win significant victory over Meccan forces
Antioch surrenders to the Muslim forces under Rashidun Caliphate after the Battle of Iron bridge.
Remnants of the Korean Baekje Kingdom and their Yamato Japanese allies engage naval forces of the Tang Chinese and Silla Koreans on the Geum River in Korea; - a significant Tang-Silla victory. Japanese won't attempt another Korean invasion until late 16th century.
Muslim forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeat the Visigoths led by their king Roderic.
Battle at Tours (Poitiers): Charles Martel's Frankish and Burgundian forces beat those of al-Andalus under Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi halting influence of Islam
The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.
Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces; Mieszko I of Poland decisively defeated Odo I of Lusatia
King Brian Boru of Ireland defeats Viking forces at Battle of Clontarf freeing Ireland from foreign control
Battle of Hastings, Duke William of Normandy and Norman army defeat English forces of Harold II
Battle of az-Zallaqah: Army of Yusuf ibn Tashfin defeats the forces of Castilian King Alfonso VI
City of Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade
Battle of Lincoln: King Stephen captured by forces loyal to Empress Matilda and commanded by Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester
William I of Scotland, key rebel in Revolt of 1173-1174, captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England.
Constantinople recaptured by Nicaean forces under Alexios Strategopoulos for Emperor Michael VIII, re-establishing Byzantine Empire.
English forces under The Black Prince defeat French at Battle of Poitiers and capture the French King during the Hundred Years War
Beginning date of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders— Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang—are pitted against each other in what was one of the largest naval battles in history, during the last decade of the ailing, Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty.
End of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat that of his rival, Chen Youliang, in one of the largest naval battles in history.
Battle of Auray, English forces defeat French in Brittany
Battle at Ancyra/Angora/Ankara: Timur' beats Sultan Bajezid I's Ottoman forces
Battle of Agincourt: Henry V's forces defeat larger French army and the longbow defeats the armoured knight
Albanian George Kastriotis Skanderbeg and his forces liberate Kruja in Middle Albania from the Ottomans and raise the Albanian flag.
2nd Battle at Castillon: French forces defeat beats the English, end of The Hundred Years' War
Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield (Northern England), Duke of York killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for King Henry VI
The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.
Wars of the Roses: Battle of Edgecote Moor - Pitting the forces of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick against those of King Edward IV.
Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia, which resulted in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and eventual disintegration of the Horde.
Battle of Lochmaben Fair - a 500-man raiding party led by Alexander Stewart, Duke of Albany and James Douglas, 9th Earl of Douglas are defeated by Scots forces loyal to Albany's brother James III of Scotland; Douglas is captured.
Battle of Bosworth Field - Henry Tudor's forces defeat English King Richard III during last battle War of the Roses
Battle of Deptford Bridge - forces under King Henry VII soundly defeat Cornish rebels led by Michael An Gof.
Portuguese forces under Afonso de Albuquerqu first assault the properous trading city of Malacca, Malay Penninsula
Battle of Ravenna: French forces under Gaston de Foix defeat Holy League in a major battle of the Italian Wars
Battle of Battle of Marj Dabiq: the Ottoman forces decisively beat the Mamluk Sultanate
Battle of Yaunis Khan: Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza.
Stockholm Bloodbath begins: A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces results in the execution of around 100 people.
Battle at Kappel: Swiss Roman Catholic kantons beat protestant forces of Zurich
Battle of Gravelines: In France, Spanish forces led by Count Lamoral of Egmont defeat the French forces of Marshal Paul des Thermes at Gravelines.
Duke of Alva forces bishop Nicolaas van Nieuwland of Haarlem to resign
The Siege of Leiden is lifted by the Watergeuzen and the forces of Admiral Boisot
Battle of Dormans: Roman Catholic forces under Duke Henry of Guise defeated the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.
Battle of Gembloers (Gembloux); Dutch and English forces overcame the Spanish
Alexander Farnese's army forces Henry IV of France to raise the siege of Paris.
King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.
Nine Years War: Battle of Curlew Pass - Irish forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell successfully ambush English forces, led by Sir Conyers Clifford, sent to relieve Collooney Castle.
A surprise attack by forces under the command of the Duke of Savoy and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain, is repelled by the citizens of Geneva. Commemorations/celebrations on Fête de l'Escalade are usually held on December 11 or the closest weekend.
Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James
Emperor Rudolf forces out king of Bohemia
Siege of Osaka: Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan.
Magdeburg in Germany seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire under earl Johann Tilly, most inhabitants massacred, one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War.
Battle of Edgehill (Warwickshire): King Charles I beat English parliamentarian forces
First Battle of Newbury (English civil war): King Charles I's forces beaten by a parliamentary army led by the Earl of Essex and Philip Stapleton
Battle of Marston Moor, North Yorkshire: Parliamentary forces under Lords Fairfax and Manchester defeat royalists led by Prince Rupert
Battle of Naseby, Leicestershire "New Model Army" under Oliver Cromwell & Thomas Fairfax beat royalists forces of English King Charles I
The Irish Confederate Wars and Wars of the Three Kingdoms: Battle of Dungans Hill - English Parliamentary forces defeat Irish forces.
The Italian city of Castro is completely destroyed by the forces of Pope Innocent X, ending the Wars of Castro.
The assault on Copenhagen by Swedish forces is beaten back with heavy losses.
Battle of Ambuila, where Portuguese forces defeated the forces of the Kingdom of Kongo and decapitated king Antonio I of Kongo, also called Nvita a Nkanga..
Second Battle of Khotyn in the Ukraine, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jan Sobieski. defeat the Ottoman army. In this battle, rockets of Kazimierz Siemienowicz were successfully used.
Manchu/Chinese Qing Dynasty naval forces under commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands.
Austro-Ottoman War: Battle of Vienna - several European armies join forces to defeat the Ottoman Empire.
Battle of Mohacs: Ottoman invaders of Hungary routed by forces of Holy Roman Emperor under Charles of Lorraine
War of the Grand Alliance: Battle of Landen/Neerwinden - France wins Pyrrhic victory over Allied forces in the Netherlands.
American colonial forces, led by Sir William Phipps, fail to seize Quebec.
French & Bavarian forces were routed by a combined British, German & Dutch army at Blenheim, Germany
Battle of Almansa; Franco-Spanish forces defeat British and Portuguese
Battle of Brihuega in the War of the Spanish Succession: British General James Stanhope captured by French & Spanish forces
Battle of Sheriffmuir during Jacobite rebellion. Battle inconclusive but Government forces halt advance of Jacobite army lead by Scottish Earl of Mar
Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.
Prussian forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia
Austrian forces pillage & kill Jews of Prague
Battle of Falkirk Muir, the Jacobites under Charles Stuart defeat Hanoverian forces.
Battle of Jumonville Glen: forces led by George Washington kill French Canadian officer Joseph Coulon de Jumonville
Battle of Prague: Frederick II of Prussia's forces defeat Austrian army
Seven Years' War: Battle of Krefeld - British forces defeat French troops at Krefeld in Germany.
British & Colonial assault on French forces at Ticonderoga, NY
British beat French forces at Plains of Abrahams (Quebec)
7 Years' War: Russian and Austrian forces occupy Berlin [OS=Sep 28].
Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run - British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run.
Mary Campbell, a captive of the Lenape during the French and Indian War, is turned over to forces commanded by Colonel Henry Bouquet.
American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal
British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War
British forces capture Kip's Bay Manhattan during Revolution
Battle of Pelham: Col John Glover & Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx
General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, NJ
Battle of Paoli; British forces under Major General Charles Grey attacked Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's encampment. Claims that the British gave no quarter led to the engagement becoming known (from an American perspective) as the "Paoli Massacre."
Continental Congress, flees to York, Pa, as British forces advance
British forces massacre 360 men, women & children in Wyoming, Pa
9,000 American forces & 7,000 French forces begin siege of Yorktown
French troops are defeated by Austrian forces and Liège is recaptured.
Allies under the prince of Coburg defeat French forces at Le Cateau.
The Battle of Boulou is fought, in which French forces defeated the Spanish under General Union.
Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from serving in armed forces of foreign powers
US Congress prohibits citizens from serving in foreign armed forces
Battle of Fleurus; major victory by forces of the First French Republic under General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan over the Coalition Army (Great Britain, Hanover, Dutch Republic, and Habsburgs) first use of reconnaissance balloon
Battle of the Vosges between French forces and those of Prussia and Austria
Battle of Arcole-Napoleon I's French forces beat Austrians in Italy
French-Egyptian forces under Napoleon I beat Turks at Battle of Abukir
British drive French forces from Abukir, Egypt
Battle of Assaye: British-Indian forces beat Maratha Army
British forces lay siege to French port of Boulogne using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve
Battle of Eylau ends inconclusively between Napoleon's forces and Russian Empire - 1st battle Napoleon isn't victorious
Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeat French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot near the village of Vimeiro, Portugal, the first Anglo-Portuguese victory of the Peninsular War.
Finnish War: In the Battle of Jutas, Swedish forces under Lieutenant General Georg Carl von Döbeln beat the Russians, making von Döbeln a Swedish war hero.
Napoleon I and French forces defeat Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
Andreas Hofer, Tyrolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleon's forces, executed.
Napoleon Bonaparte's forces invade Russia crossing the Neman River
US forces led by Gen Hull invade Canada (War of 1812)
General Hull surrenders Detroit & Michigan territory to British forces
British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh
Napoleon's forces begin their retreat from Moscow
Battle of Beaver Dam - British & Indian forces defeat US forces
Battle of Kulm: French forces defeated by Austrian-Prussian-Russian alliance.
Battle of Leipzig, largest battle in Europe prior to WWI, Napoleon's forces defeated by Prussia, Austria & Russia
Napoleonic Wars: Sixth Coalition forces march into Paris after defeating Napoleon.
Forces allied against Napoleon capture Paris
British forces captured Washington, DC, & burned down many landmarks (War of 1812)
British forces destroy Library of Congress, containing 3,000 books (War of 1812)
Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher
Joachim Murat's forces land at Pizzo, Italy
Second Battle of Cancha Rayada - Spanish forces defeat Chileans under José de San Martín.
Mexican Empire declares its independence; Mexican revolutionary forces occupy Mexico City as Spanish withdraw
Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast.
Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces capture Psara in the Aegean Sea.
The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.
Battle of Gonzales fought between Texan settlers and Mexican forces. First engagement of the Texas revolution
Battle of Okeechobee-US forces defeat Seminole Indians
Maronite leader Bashir II surrenders to the British forces and goes into exile in Malta.
The Sonderbund is defeated by the joint forces of other Swiss cantons under General Guillaume-Henri Dufour.
Gen Stephen W Kearney's US forces captures Santa Fe NM
Battle of Pákozd: Hungarian forces defeat Croats at Pákozd; the first battle of the War of Independence.
Pres Louis Napoleon Boaparte's forces crush an attempted coup d'etat in France
Treaty of Kanagawa: Commodore Perry forces Japan to opens ports to US
US forces shell & burn San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua
Lawrence, Kansas, is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces
Battle of San Jacinto at Hacienda San Jacinto, Nicaraguan forces defeat American filibusters
The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces.
Louis Faidherbe, French governor of Senegal, arrives to relieve French forces at Kayes, effectively ending El Hajj Umar Tall's war against the French.
Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)
Battle of Boonville, MI-Brigadier General Lyon defeats Confederate forces
Martinsburg, VA - Confederate forces pull out before US advance
Battle of Laurel Mountain VA - Gen Morris forces retreat of rebels
Battle of Rich Mountain, VA - Rosecrans forces rebels to surrender
Battle of Mathias Point, VA - Rebel forces repel a Federal landing
Grant assumes command of Federal forces at Cape Girardeau MI
Confederate forces enter Kentucky, thus ending its neutrality
Union forces under General Pope lay siege to New Madrid, Missouri (US Civil War)
New Orleans fell to Union forces during US Civil War
Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans in US Civil War
US Civil War: Day 7 of 7 Days-Battle of Malvern Hill (Poindexter's Farm) Union forces repel Confederate attack
Battle of Newburgh, IN - captured by Union forces
Confederate forces defeated at More's Hill, Mo
Battle of Aspromonte; Italian royal forces defeat rebels
Last day of 2nd Battle of Bull Run Va - Confederates beat Union forces
Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
Union forces capture Arkansas Post, or Ft Hindman, Arkansas
-5/1] Battle of Snyder's Bluff, Virginia (part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War): General Sherman beaten by Confederate forces
Mexican forces attacked the French Foreign Legion in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.
Lee orders his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces
In New Zealand, British forces invade Waikato, home of the Maori King Movement, beginning a new phase of the wars between Maori and Colonial British
Māori forces are defeated by British troops at Koheroa, Waikato, in the New Zealand Wars between Maori tribes and British colonials
Battle of Sabine Pass TX: 47 Texas volunteers repel Federal forces
Union forces retreat to Chattanooga after defeat at Chickamauga
Grant is given command of Union forces in West
The Maori Wars resumed as British forces in New Zealand led by General Duncan Cameron began their Invasion of the Waikato.
Red River Campaign-Union forces reach Alexandria, LA
Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
Gen Early & Confederate forces reach Winchester en route to Washington, DC
Confederate forces led by Gen J Early begin invasion of Wash DC
Battle of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania - burned by Union forces under McCausland
Confederate forces evacuate Fort Powell, Mobile Bay, Alamaba
Robert E. Lee is named general-in-chief of Confederate forces
General William T. Sherman's Union forces occupies Fayetteville, NC
Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond Va & Petersberg
Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces
Japanese Boshin War: end of the Battle of Utsunomiya Castle, former Shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikkō.
Siege of Paris by Prussian Forces begins (lasts until January 28 1871)
A murder conviction effectively forces the violent Irish anti-owner coal miners, the "Molly Maguires", to disband.
War of the Pacific was fought between Chile and the joints forces of Bolivia and Peru. Chile successfully took over Arica and Tarapacá which left Bolivia as a landlocked country.
Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed serving with British forces in the Anglo-Zulu War. He is buried in Farnborough, Hampshire.
Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal: Boers beat superior British forces
The Shewan forces of Menelik defeat the Gojjame army in the Battle of Embabo. The Shewans capture Negus Tekle Haymanot of Gojjam, and heir victory leads to a Shewan hegemony over the territories south of the Abay River.
Battle at Bamako: French assault on Fabous arm forces attack
Louis Riel's forces defeat Canadian forces at Duck Lake, Sask
The Republic of Formosa collapses as Japanese forces invade.
Emilio Aguinaldo and a group of katipuneros defeat Spanish forces led by General Camilo de Polavieja at the Battle of Zapote Bridge in Cavite
Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain
American troops drive Spanish forces from La Guasimas, Cuba
US forces under George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-Amer war
The Philippine-American War begins with fighting between American and Philippine revolutionary forces
Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park ball grounds in Balt
General Horatio Kitchener assumes command of the British forces in South Africa from General Lord Roberts
As American forces defeat the Filipino insurgents and impose civil authority, some Filipinos form a Federal Party with a platform recognizing US sovereignty
British forces under MacDonald & Young march into Tibet
British forces in Tibet force the Dalai Lhama to sign a treaty that grants Britain trading posts in Tibet and guarantee that Tibet will not concede territory to foreign powers
Kind Edward VII of Britain visits Kaiser Wilhelm in Germany to discuss the escalating rivalry between their nations' naval forces
In Switzerland, parliament passes a new army bill reorganizing the nation's forces into a standing militia, with training required for all males
In Persia, the Shah leads a coup de'etat against the liberal Prime Minister Nasir ul-Mulk and imprisons him, but a popular uprising forces the Shah to restore Nasir ul-Mulk soon after
US military forces leave Cuba for 2nd time
US forces withdraw from Cuba after liberal Jose Miguel Gomez becomes president; ensuing political instability will bring a threat of US intervention in 1912
Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series
A conservative revolution and US pressure forces Nicaraguan President Jose Santos from office
Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance behind Turkish lines.
- till the 12th Sept Battle of Marne (WWI) begins French and British forces prevent German forces advancing on Paris
German forces move into Antwerp Belgium (WW I)
German forces route Belgians in Antwerp Belgium (WW I)
The German colony of Kiaochow Bay and its centre at Tsingtao are captured by Japanese forces.
The French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region
WWI: After the French try to drive the Germans forces back into the Champagne region, they gain a few hundred yards - at the cost of 50,000 casualties
Counterattack launched by Turkish forces under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk against allied troops
The Austro-German forces recapture Przemysl, a crucial city in southeastern Poland, and the entire Russian front begins to collapse
Australian Survey Corps becomes part of Military Forces
The Austro-German forces launch an offensive along the Eastern Front
Tsar Nicholas II, distressed by increasing Russian losses, assumes personal command of his nation's military forces; clearly a symbolic act and devastating for his leadership
On the Tigris River in Mesopotamia, the Battle of Ctesiphon between Allied and Turkish forces enters its second day
World War I: Allied forces withdraw from Gallipoli.
US forces invade Dominican Republic, stay until 1924
World War I: Battle of Magdhaba - Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.
T. E Lawrence joins the forces of the Arabian sheik Feisal al Husayn, beginning his adventures that will lead him to Damascus by October, 1918
World War I: Baghdad falls to Anglo-Indian forces commanded by General Stanley Maude.
British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem
"Stars & Stripes," weekly US armed forces newspaper, 1st published
US & French forces launch Aisne-Marne offensive in WW I
During WW I, US forces launch an attack on German-occupied St Mihiel
Allied forces scored a decisive breakthrough of Hindenburg Line
World War I: Arab forces under T. E. Lawrence (a/k/a "Lawrence of Arabia") capture Damascus.
Polish forces attack Jewish community of Lemberg (Lvov)
Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos.
British forces kill 100s of Indian Nationalists (Amritsar Massacre)
Romanian forces bring down Hungarian Soviet Republic in Budapest
The Irish Civil War starts when Irish Free State forces attack anti-treaty republicans in Dublin.
Attempted raid on the armoury of police and auxiliary forces in Chittagong in Bengal province, British India by armed pro-independence revolutionaries led by Surya Sen popularly known as Master-da.
Japanese forces attack Shanghai.
Stalin forces Zinoviev & Kamenev out of Communist Party
Adolf Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of German armed forces
Communist forces end their "Long March" at Yan'an, in Shaanxi China bringing Mao Zedong to prominence
Treaty of Munich signed by Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Daladier and Chamberlain, forces Czechoslovakia to give territory to Germany
Nazi forces occupy western Czechoslovakia & declared them German citizens
Switzerland mobilizes its forces and the Swiss Parliament elects Henri Guisan to head the Swiss Army (an event that can happen only during war or mobilization).
After a one-month Siege of Warsaw, hostile forces entered the city.
German forces enter Paris during WWII
World War II: British forces bomb Genoa and Turin in Italy.
German forces occupied Paris during WW II
Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces attacked shipping convoys in English Channel
Black leaders protest discrimination in US armed forces
1st 75,000 men called to armed forces duty during peacetime
Kuomintang forces under orders from Chiang Kai-Shek open fire at communist forces, resuming the Chinese Civil War after World War II.
Italian held Addis Ababa surrenders to British & Ethiopian forces
British forces march into Alexandria
US forces land in Iceland to forestall Nazi invasion
Japanese forces land in Indo-China
Winston Churchill routes "Forces South" to SE Asia
Mussolini's forces leave Abyssinia/Ethiopia
American forces on Wake Island surrender to Japanese
Japanese forces invade Burma
Japanese forces captures Rangoon Burma
Japanese forces occupy Andaman Islands in Indian Ocean
Japan forces Java to use "Tokyo time" 1½ hour forward
British naval forces raid Nazi occupied French port of St Nazaire
Battle of Bataan; US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan
"Stars & Stripes" paper for US armed forces starts
Battle of Coral Sea begins in the Pacific (1st sea battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
Japanese forces retreat, ending Battle of Midway
Maj Gen Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe
German forces attack Stalingrad
All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory", "Love in Bloom", "Blue Hawaii").
Operation Torch; began as US and British forces under Eisenhower land in French North Africa
William H Hastie, civilian aide to secretary of war, resigns to protest segregation in armed forces
Soviet forces reconquer Worosjilowsk
Soviet forces reconquer Gumrak airport near Stalingrad
Axis forces in North Africa surrender
German & Italian forces in Africa surrender
US forces landed at Nassau Bay, near Salamaua, New Guinea
US, British and Canadian forces invade Sicily in WW II (Operation Husky)
WWII: Battle of Prokhorovka - Russians defeat German forces in one of the largest ever tank battles
500 allied air forces raid Rome during WW II
US forces led by Gen George Patton liberate Palermo Sicily
Soviet forces reconquer Orel & Bjelgorod
US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II
Allied arm forces conquerors Salerno
Montgomery's 8th army contacts invasion - arm forces at Salerno
Soviet forces reach Dnjepr
Soviet forces reconquer Smolensk
Allied forces captured Naples during WW II
Soviet forces under Fyodor Ivanovich Tolbukhin commenced offensive on the 4th Ukranian Front
Soviet forces reconquer Kiev
US forces land on Tarawa & Makin Atoll in Gilbert Island
British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operation
US forces take control of Tarawa, Gilbert Island & Makin from Japanese
FDR appoints Gen Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces
During World War II, Allied forces begin landing at Anzio Italy
US forces invade Kwajalein Atoll
Soviet forces liberate Odessa from Nazis
Chinese/US arm forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma
US forces begin invasion of Saipan in Pacific
World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
Soviet forces conquer Wiborg
World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.
US forces land on Guam to get rid of Japanese invaders
US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WW II
Soviet forces liberate concentration camp Majdanek
Chartres freed by US 3rd Army forces during WWII
US & British forces destroy German 7th Army at Falaise-Argentan Gap
King Michael of Romania ordered his forces to cease fire against Allies & dismissed the pro-Axis premier, Marshal Ion Antonescu
Dutch Armed Forces forms, under prince Bernhard
Allied forces liberate Luxembourg
Polish forces free Terneuzen Neth
Soviet forces occupy Estonia
US forces land in Philippines
US forces under Gen Douglas MacArthur return to Philippines
Hizbu'allah (Arm forces for Allah) forms
German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of Bulge
Soviet forces reach Auschwitz concentration camp
US forces land on Corregidor, complete conquest on March 3
US & Philippine forces recaptures Corregidor
US forces invade Okinawa during WW II
US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany
WWII: US 7th Army & allies forces capture Nuremberg & Stuttgart in Germany
US forces conquered Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
US forces conquer Motobu peninsula on Okinawa
"Elbe Day" - US & Soviet forces meet at Torgau Germany on Elbe River during WWII invasion of Germany
US defeat Japanese forces on Okinawa during WW II
Japanese forces in Philippines surrender to Allies
President Harry Truman orders desegregation of all US forces
Executive Order 9981, end segregation in US Armed Forces signed
1st attack by Egyptian irregular forces at Kfar Darom Israel
Entire Hagana-arm forces sworn-in as Israeli soldiers
Pres Harry Truman issues Executive Order No. 9981 directing "equality of treatment & opportunity" in armed forces
Israeli forces liberate Meron & Gush-Halev
UN member states begin using integrated forces against North Korea
North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War
1st time US & North Korean forces clash in Korean War
Gen Douglas MacArthur named commander-in-chief, UN forces in Korea
During Korean conflict, UN forces land at Inchon in South Korea
US forces invade Korea by crossing 38th parallel
UN forces entered Pyongyang, capital of North Korea
Chinese forces occupy Tibet
During Korean conflict, Chinese forces capture Seoul
During Korean War, US/UN forces recapture Seoul
UN arm forces reach Pyongyang Korea
Allied forces form West Germany
Last Soviet forces leave Austria
Austria resumed its sovereignty after departure of last Allied occupation forces, for 1st time since German occupation of 1938
Britain & France land forces in Egypt in reaction to seizure of Suez Canal
Israeli forces withdraw from Sinai Peninsula
White mob forces 9 black students who had entered a Little Rock high school in Arkansas to withdraw
Cuban revolutionary forces capture Havana
Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan
The UN Security Council lay down rules which would allow UN forces to enter Congo
French military forces break the Tunisian siege of Bizerte.
1st US combat forces arrive in Vietnam (3,500 Marines)
1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson
Biafran War erupts as Nigerian forces invade starting Nigerian Civil war
Israeli forces cross Jordan River to attack PLO bases
Warsaw Pact forces contnue their invasion of Czechoslovakia to end the reform movement known as the Prague Spring
Czechoslovakia & Russian "accord" rules allies Soviet forces
Battles between Jordan army & Al Fatah-arm forces
Fighting between Arabic guerillas and government forces in Amman, Jordan.
South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky defends operations in Cambodia because communist forces could overrun South Vietnam "within 24 hours" if troops operating there were withdrawn
Operation Demetrius (or Internment) is introduced in Northern Ireland allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial; the security forces arrested 342 people suspected of supporting paramilitaries
Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party Gerry Fitt presents a number of allegations of brutality by the security forces in Northern Ireland to representatives of the United Nations
An inquiry into allegations of brutality by the security forces against those interned without trial in Northern Ireland is announced
The government of the Republic of Ireland states that it will take the allegations of brutality against the security forces in Northern Ireland to the European Court of Human Rights
The Irish Republican Army announce that it would call a ceasefire from 26 June 1972 provided that there is a "reciprocal response" from the security forces
Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
Conference of less developed countries approves forming "producers' associations" and calls for withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied Arab lands
Israeli forces reach Suez, trapping Egyptian army
Israeli forces leave western Suez
'The Troubles', a period of conflict in Northern Ireland involving republican and loyalist paramilitaries, the British security forces, and civil rights groups. claims its 1000th victim
The Provisional Irish Republican Army agrees to a truce and ceasefire with the British government and the Northern Ireland Office; Seven "incident centres" are established in nationalist areas to monitor the ceasefire and the response of the security forces
US merchant ship Mayaguez seized by Cambodian forces
US forces raid Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free Mayaguez ship
Laos falls to communist forces; Lao People's Democratic Rep proclaimed
Israeli Defense Forces withdraw from Lebanon.
Vietnamese forces capture Phnom Penh from Khmer Rouge
Soviet Special forces take over presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Iran defends its besieged port of Abadan, driving back Iraqi forces
El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country's civil war.
Falklands War: Argentinian forces land on South Georgia Island, precipitating war with the U.K..
US vetos UN Security Council resolution for a limited withdrawal from Beirut of Israeli & Palestine Liberation Organization forces
Israeli forces began pouring into west Beirut
Following the Rubicon speech four days earlier, Archbishop Desmond Tutu snubs P. W. Botha's invitation to attend a meeting to discuss the role and actions of the police and security forces in South Africa
UN peacekeeping forces win Nobel Peace prize
Bankruptcy court forces Frank Lorenzo to give up Eastern Airlines
US announces commitment of Naval forces to Gulf regions
12 Arab leaders agree to send pan-Arab forces to protect Saudi Arabia
Liberia president Samuel K Doe is captured by Mr Johnson's forces
US forces reach 200,000 in Persian Gulf
World's largest oil spill, caused by embattled Iraqi forces in Kuwait
US & allied forces grant Iraq a cease fire
Dili Massacre, Indonesian forces open fire on a crowd of student protesters in Dili, East Timor.
Rebel forces occupy Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcast a demand for the government's resignation.
Khojaly massacre: about 613 civilians killed by Armenian armed forces during the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan
Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War.
UN Security Council votes unanimous for US led forces to enter Somalia
Inkatha-arm forces killed 49 ANC-followers in Johannesburg
Somali General Aidids arm forces kill 18 US Rangers
Some 2,500 French troops head into Rwanda to protect civilians, the first outside forces sent there since UN
Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia.
NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces.
In Nigeria, playwright and environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa along with eight others from the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (Mosop) are hanged by government forces.
In Lebanon, at least 106 civilians are killed when the Israel Defense Forces accidentally shell the UN compound at Quana.
Rwandan Genocide: Military advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General and head of the Military Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations Maurice Baril recommends that the UN multi-national forces in Zaire stand down.
Taliban forces retake the strategic Bagram air base which solidifies their buffer zone around Kabul.
US government forces closure of Hudson Foods due to E Coli break out
Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces.
The Racak incident: 45 Albanians in the Kosovo village of Racak are killed by Yugoslav security forces.
Kosovo War: NATO suspends its air strikes after Slobodan Milošević agrees to withdraw Serbian forces from Kosovo.
Former president of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević surrenders to police special forces, to be tried on charges of war crimes.
2001 Attack on Afghanistan: Taliban forces abandon Kabul, Afghanistan, ahead of advancing Afghan Northern Alliance troops.
Multinational Force in Afghanistan: Seven American Special Operations Forces soldiers are killed as they attempt to infiltrate the Shahi Kot Valley on a low-flying helicopter reconnaissance mission.
Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.
Baghdad falls to U.S. forces ending the invasion of Iraqi but resulting in widespread looting
Members of 101st Airborne of the United States, aided by Special Forces, attack a compound in Iraq, killing Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay, along with Mustapha Hussein, Qusay's 14-year old son, and a bodyguard.
In Fallujah, US forces mistakenly shoot and kill eight Iraqi police officers.
The United Kingdom government publishes Delivering Security in a Changing World, a paper detailing wide-ranging reform of the country's armed forces.
War in Iraq: The interim government of Iraq calls for a 60-day "state of emergency" as U.S. forces storm the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
Samir Geagea, the Lebanese Forces (LF) leader, is released after spending 11 years in a solitary confinement. His release came after the end of the Syrian occupation to Lebanon.
Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, as well as the possible nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities and 2 million of its citizens by Soviet-controlled forces, are released.
Three Christian Peacemaker Teams Hostages are freed by British forces in Baghdad after 118 days captivity and the death of their colleague, American Tom Fox.
243 people are injured in pro-democracy protest in Nepal after Nepali security forces open fire on protesters against King Gyanendra.
Russia withdraws from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines lay siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes stage a mutiny.
Riots in Yerevan, Armenia concerning the Armenian presidential election, 2008 come to a fatal end, with police forces clashing with civilians in their peaceful protest, resulting in 8 deaths.
Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.
Israeli ground forces invade Gaza.
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the 2011 Libyan Civil War.
2011 NATO attack in Pakistan: NATO forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani checkpost in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others.
Heavy rain forces 20,000 people to flee their homes in Manila, Phillipines
New Zealand announces withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan
Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close
106 people are massacred by Syrian army forces in Homs
US armed forces overturns 1994 ban on women serving in combat
Islamist forces are driven out of Hombori by the Malian army
14 people are killed in the Lahad Datu standoff between Malaysian government and rebel forces
Ukraine withdraws its forces from the Crimea
Royal Thai Armed Forces launch a coup d'état against the caretaker government of Thailand
US President Obama authorises deployment of 1500 additional troops to help train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants
Iran steps up its forces in Syria
Burkina Faso terror: Security forces raid besieged hotel, free 63 hostages
Burkina Faso terror: Security forces raid besieged hotel, free 63 hostages
Syrian forces shell near rebel town in northwest
Syrian Forces Make Gains Near Aleppo With Russian Help
At Least 20 Reported Dead as Congolese Security Forces Fire on Protesters
British suicide bomber dies in attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul
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Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces
Horatio Herbert Kitchener, County Kerry, Ireland, commander of the British forces during Anglo-Boer War
Prince Heinrich of Prussia, The Visit of the Duke of Connaught C-I-C Forces in Ireland and Prince Henry of Prussia to Cork Exhibition
Harry Garrity, Unseen Forces
Carel T Scharten, Dutch poet/writer (Forces of the Future)
Betram Home Ramsay, English admiral/Commander Allied Naval Forces
Marcel Vibert, Forces occultes
Henry H. Arnold, Army Air Forces - Pacific
Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (d. 2004)
Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (d. 1990)
John T Hughes, Bishop to Forces
Kenneth Darling, Commander-in-chief Allied Forces, Northern Europe
Jean Martinon, Forces occultes
Frances Langford, Lakeland Fla, singer (Armed Forces Hour, Star Time)
Jean Gates, Forces of Nature
Michael Beavis, deputy cmdr-in-chief (Allied Forces Central Europe)
John Watts, chief of defense (Omani Armed Forces)
Jacki Wilson, Forces of Nature
Andre Kole, The Magic of David Copperfield XVI: Unexplained Forces
Buzz Cason, Forces of Nature
Gordon Arnold, The Forces of Darkness
Tim Brant, 2007 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Jacques Gallo, Special Forces
Scott Ewers, Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II
Danny Scalf, Forces of Nature
Jim Steinmeyer, The Magic of David Copperfield XVI: Unexplained Forces
Jefferson King, The Fighting Forces Challenge
Eric Soubelet, Special Forces
David Strickland, Forces of Nature
Danielle Netzinger, Forces of Nature
Anne Caillon, Special Forces
Víctor Vidal, The Magic of David Copperfield XVI: Unexplained Forces
Daniella Deutscher, Special Forces
David Smith, Forces of Nature
Kabir Kamboh, Special Forces: Untold Stories
Mathieu Lefèvre, Toutes les Forces
Robert Jordan, 2007 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
G.J. Kinne, 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Abu Sufjan becomes Quraish chief and leader of Mecca after loss at Battle of Badr against Muslim forces
Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician, commander of Greek naval forces in Greek War of Independence (b. 1769)
Lord Raglan Commander of the British forces during the Crimean War
Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces, dies at 73
Harry Garrity, Unseen Forces
Prince Heinrich of Prussia, The Visit of the Duke of Connaught C-I-C Forces in Ireland and Prince Henry of Prussia to Cork Exhibition
Betram Home Ramsay, Engl adm/Cmdr Naval Forces (Normandy), dies at 61
Jean Mamy, Forces occultes
Henry H. Arnold, Army Air Forces - Pacific
Isaac Sadeh, leader of Jewish commando forces, dies
Marcel Vibert, Forces occultes
Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
Gordon Arnold, The Forces of Darkness
David Strickland, Forces of Nature
Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
Jean Gates, Forces of Nature
Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
Mathieu Lefèvre, Toutes les Forces
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