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This Week In Military History October 8th – October 14th

TWIM - 10-9-17 PerryvilleOctober 8th

On this day in 1862, the Confederate invasion of Kentucky stalls when Union General Don Carlos Buell stops General Braxton Bragg at the Battle of Perryville.

October 9th

On this day in 1864, Union cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley deal a humiliating defeat to their Confederate counterparts at Tom’s Brook, Virginia.

October 10th

On this day in 732AD, at the Battle of Tours near Poitiers, France, Frankish leader Charles Martel, a Christian, defeats a large army of Spanish Moors, halting the Muslim advance into Western Europe. Abd-ar-Rahman, the Muslim governor of Cordoba, was killed in the fighting, and the Moors retreated from Gaul, never to return in such force.

October 11th

On this day in 1942, the American Navy intercepts a Japanese fleet of ships on their way to reinforce troops at Guadalcanal. The Navy succeeded in its operation, sinking a majority of the ships.

TWIM 10-9-17 USS ColeOctober 12th

At 12:15 p.m. local time, a motorized rubber dinghy loaded with explosives blows a 40-by-40-foot hole in the port side of the USS Cole, a U.S. Navy destroyer that was refueling at Aden, Yemen. Seventeen sailors were killed and 38 wounded in the attack, which was carried out by two suicide terrorists alleged to be members of Saudi exile Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist network.Shroom Tech Banner

October 13th

On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress authorizes construction and administration of the first American naval force—the precursor to the United States Navy.

October 14th

U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.Shop Now Banner

Suggested Reading:

Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America’s Revolution at Sea By Tim McGrath

Yeager: An Autobiography By Chuck Yeager

Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle By Kenneth Noe

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Jeremy Scott is a 36-year-old military history buff from Houston, Texas. He has been interested in military history since the age of 8 years old. His interests are the Napoleonic era, the American Civil War, and both World wars I and II. He has a deep respect for the “boots on the ground” the common military soldier, and hopes that his humble writings interest those soldiers. If you have a twitter account, you can follow him @UncleBubba80

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