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This Week In Military History — January 28th – February 3rd

January 28th

On this day in 1777, John Burgoyne, poet, playwright and British general, submits an ill-fated plan to the British government to isolate New England from the other colonies.

Product Block - Rommel SignJanuary 29th

On January 29, 1915, in the Argonne region of France, German lieutenant Erwin Rommel leads his company in the daring capture of four French block-houses, the structures used on the front to house artillery positions.

January 30th

At dawn on this day in 1968, on the first day of the Tet holiday truce, Viet Cong forces–supported by large numbers of North Vietnamese troops–launch the largest and best coordinated offensive of the war, driving into the center of South Vietnam’s seven largest cities and attacking 30 provincial capitals from the Delta to the DMZ.TWIM - 1-29 TET.jpg

January 31st

On this day in 1945, On this day, Pvt. Eddie Slovik becomes the first American soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion-and the only one who suffered such a fate during War II.

February 1st

On this day in 1861, Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union when a state convention votes 166 to 8 in favor of the measure.

TWIM - 1-29 StalingradFebruary 2nd

On this day in 1943, the last of the German forces fighting at Stalingrad surrender, despite Hitler’s earlier declaration that “Surrender is out of the question. The troops will defend themselves to the last!”

 

Suggested Reading:

Winter Storm: The Battle for Stalingrad and the Operation to Rescue 6th Army By Hans Wijers

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam By Mark Bowden

Knight’s Cross : A Life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel By David Fraser

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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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