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Just missed: 13 June 1944, at Villers-Bocage, Panzer ace Michael Wittmann and his Tiger platoon from the 101st SS Heavy Tank Battalion destroyed 27 tanks of 22d Armoured Brigade, including all 15 Cromwells of the 4th County of London Yeomanry. Wittman's tank alone was credited with 14 tanks, 15 Bren/Universal carriers and two guns in under 15 minutes.
That same day, in the "Battle of Bloody Gulch", the 501st, 502nd and 506th PIR of the 101st Airborne south of Carentan held off a furious counterattack by the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Div and 6th Fallschirmjager Regiment from just after dawn until 1400, when tanks from 2nd Armoured Div arrived to turn the tide.
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At the same time, Napoleon with the remainder of the Armee du Nord defeats Blucher's Prussians at Ligny, temporarily driving them northwestward on Wavre away from Wellington.
1487: Battle of Stoke, Henry VII defeats Yorkists supporting the pretender Lambert Simnel
1797: End of the Nore mutiny
1943: In an air raid on Guadalcanal and Tulagi, the Japanese lose 100+ a/c while damaging only 3 ships
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ChrisPat wrote:I thought "Doughboys" was a US term, both for the troops and before that and as a nickname not derogatory in the way that, say, "crowbait" is. The AEF of November 1918 was far better prepared for the Western Front or anywhere else but I thought they were still Doughboys. Tommy might be used by other nations but it wouldn't be entirely right to say it was the German term for Brits.
At the beginning, during early 1918, the four battle-ready U.S.
divisions were deployed with French and British units to gain combat
experience by defending relatively quiet sectors of their lines. After
the first offensive action and AEF victory on 28 May 1918 at the Battle of Cantigny, by the 1st U.S. Division, and a similar local action by the 2nd Division at Belleau Wood
beginning 6 June, both while assigned to French armies, Pershing worked
towards the deployment of a US field Army. The rest followed at an
accelerating pace during the spring and summer of 1918. By June
Americans were arriving in-theatre at the rate of 10,000 a day.
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