Sunday, February 13, 2005

Days to Remember

From now on I will post up important events that happened on the day I post it. I should have done this a long time ago but here goes. My source is the History Channel Site.

February 13, 1945, one of the most controversial Allied bombing attacks on Germany occurrs. Hundreds of British and American bombers practically destroy the German city of Dresden and its infrastructure with high-explosive and incendiary bombs. Current estimates of how many people were killed range 35,000 to 135,000. It is reported that Dresden's role in Hitler's war machine was minimal. Many mourned the complete obliteration of one of the most beautiful cities in Germany.

February 13, 1861, the earliest military action to be recognised by a Medal of Honor was performed by Colonel Bernard J.D. Irwin, an assistant army surgeon, during the U.S.-Apache wars. He volunteered along with 14 other men to go free a group of 60 soldiers surrounded by an Appache war band. The relief group started the 100-mile trek on mules. After numerous encounters with Apaches and capturing enough horses for themselves, they played a vital part in helping to free the trapped U.S. soldiers. The award itself was actually created next year and it was not until January 21, 1894, that Irwin was given the Medal.

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