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January 5th, 1941: The Battle of Bardia ends

 

In one of the most lopsided losses of the war, the Italians got shitfucked beyond all belief despite having 3:1 odds and a fortified defensive position by British and rookie Australian forces (as in, literally never fought a single battle rookie) in which they suffered a mere 130 deaths and 325 wounded out of an estimated 15,000 men.

 

The Italians lost over 1,700, with over 3,700 wounded and 36,000 taken prisoner out of their estimated 45,000 men.

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January 5th, 1941: The Battle of Bardia ends

 

In one of the most lopsided losses of the war, the Italians got shitfucked beyond all belief despite having 3:1 odds and a fortified defensive position by British and rookie Australian forces (as in, literally never fought a single battle rookie) in which they suffered a mere 130 deaths and 325 wounded out of an estimated 15,000 men.

 

The Italians lost over 1,700, with over 3,700 wounded and 36,000 taken prisoner out of their estimated 45,000 men.

 

Looking up the images and some of the websites on Das Google, it is interesting how the Brits/Aussies had to wear trenchcoats in order to stay warm. Not exactly an image that you think of when you mention the North Africa theater.

 

 

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I dig this recollection and hopefully it is true.

 

Corporal Hoffman watched the prisoners being escorted away:

 

Fascist flamboyance was exhibited by a captured major in a column of prisoners. When it had reached a safe spot he rushed to the head of the column and baring his chest to them, cried (in Italian): ‘Shoot me … and save my honour’. This brave Roman exhortation must be read with the obvious knowledge that whatever the prisoners had, they certainly had nothing with which to shoot anybody. The ‘suicidal’ major repeated his gesture of honour several times until an Australian sentry approached with a bayonet levelled at the seat of his pants and said: ‘Get back, you mug, before I shoot you’. The terrorized Fascist major skipped back into line at the double.

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6 January 1979 the first F-16A was delivered to the USAF at Hill AFB in Utah to the 388 TFW.

 

37 years of the Viper. :)

 

I think one of the last units to operate the F-105 was out of Hill AFB, and it wasn't fully retired until the early 80s. So at one point, there could have been F-16s and F-105s operating next to each other.

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"January 9, 1945 amphibious ships from TF-38 land the Sixth Army on Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines. The landings were preceded by shore bombardment and were supported by U.S. Army land-based planes and aircraft from escort carriers. The troops are lightly opposed and the amphibious stage proceeds smoothly, yet the kamikaze presence is felt after sunset."

 

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This photo from Naval History and Heritage Command is USS Pennsylvania (BB 38) leading USS Colorado (BB 45), Louisville (CA 28), Portland (CA 33) and Columbia (CL 56) into Lingayen Gulf to begin the pre-invasion bombardment of Luzon, 7 January 1945. Pennsylvania’s foremast has been retouched by censor to remove large radar antenna.

 

 

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LCVPs going into White Beach 3 on S-Day. Photographed by Private Hal Winston, 9 January 1945.

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I think one of the last units to operate the F-105 was out of Hill AFB, and it wasn't fully retired until the early 80s. So at one point, there could have been F-16s and F-105s operating next to each other.

 

The 466th TFS was flying F-105s out of Hill AFB until February of 1984. So, yep, they would have been operating next to each other. Now, if I could only find a picture of such a glorious sight.

 

Related, 1980s Thud Porn: http://www.aeroimage.com/milair/fighter/earlyfight/f105thud/F105ThudPort.htm

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The 466th TFS was flying F-105s out of Hill AFB until February of 1984. So, yep, they would have been operating next to each other. Now, if I could only find a picture of such a glorious sight.

 

Related, 1980s Thud Porn: http://www.aeroimage.com/milair/fighter/earlyfight/f105thud/F105ThudPort.htm

Is their any way to get access to the Squadron photo archives?

 

Or ask, via email or something?

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January 18, 1591 - 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.

 

Also, January 18, 1943 the Soviet Army breaks the siege of Leningrad, opening the first land corridor into the city. 
 

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now i cant un-notice it

 

the guy was high while typing it so no transgressions 

Prolly.  But I'll go fix it now that it's been noticed.  Also, this is why copy editing is a thing.  Sometimes  your brain won't see your own mistakes, no matter how many times you look at something.

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OTD‬ in 1778, during the American Revolution, Continental ship, Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones, receives the first official salute to a U.S. Stars and Stripes flag by a foreign government (the French fleet) at Quiberon, France. ‪#‎OurHeritage‬ United States Naval Academy

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