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This Week In Military History — September 30th -October 6th

September 30th

On this day in 1954, The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine, is commissioned by the U.S. Navy.

October 1st

On this day in 1918, A combined Arab and British force captures Damascus from the Turks during World War I, completing the liberation of Arabia. An instrumental commander in the Allied campaign was T.E. Lawrence, a legendary British soldier known as Lawrence of Arabia.

October 2nd

On this day in 1835, the growing tensions between Mexico and Texas erupt into violence when Mexican soldiers attempt to disarm the people of Gonzales, sparking the Texan war for independence.


October 3rd

On this day in 1993, men of Task Force Ranger and members of Delta Force went into the Samolian city of Mogadishu to conduct a raid against the SNA. However things did not go as planned as two blackhawk helicopters were shot down. Over the night 120 US servicemen became entangled with around 2 to 4,000 members of the SNA. This engagement would become one of the largest in urban fighting since the battle of Hue in 1968 till the invasion of Iraq in 2003

October 4th

On this day in 1777, Near the British-occupied city of Philadelphia, Patriot forces under General George Washington attempt an early morning attack on Sir William Howe’s British troops at Germantown. Heavy morning fog threw Washington’s divisions into disarray, and by 10 o’clock the battle was over. Although the Americans were forced into a retreat, both sides suffered heavy losses, and the battle demonstrated Washington’s strategic abilities. Coupled with the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga in New York on October 17, the Battle of Germantown convinced France to recognize and support American independence and give open military assistance, thus marking a turning point in the American Revolution. After Germantown, General Washington led his forces into their winter quarters at Valley Forge.

October 5th

On this day in 1813, during the War of 1812, a combined British and Indian force is defeated by General William Harrison’s American army at the Battle of the Thames near Ontario, Canada. The leader of the Indian forces was Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief who organized inter-tribal resistance to the encroachment of white settlers on Indian lands. He was killed in the fighting.

October 6th

On this day in 1973, Hoping to win back territory lost to Israel during the third Arab-Israeli war, Egyptian and Syrian forces launch a coordinated attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.



Suggested Reading:

The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East By Abraham Rabinovich

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia By Michael Korda

Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War By Mark Bowden


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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