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This Week In Military History — October 28th – November 3rd

October 28th

On this day in 1965, Viet Cong commandos damage and destroy a number of allied aircraft in two separate raids on U.S. air bases, including Chu Lai, on the coast of the South China Sea in Quang Tin Province, I Corps.

October 29th,

On this day in 1956, Israeli armed forces push into Egypt toward the Suez Canal, initiating the Suez Crisis. They would soon be joined by French and British forces, creating a serious Cold War problem in the Middle East.

October 30th,

On this day in 1965, Just miles from Da Nang, U.S. Marines repel an intense attack by successive waves of Viet Cong troops and kill 56 guerrillas.




October 31st,

On this day in 1861, Citing failing health, General Winfield Scott, commander of the Union forces, retires from service on this day in 1861.



November 1st,

The United States detonates the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific.

November 2nd,

On this day in 1861, On this day in 1861, controversial Union General John C. Fremont is relieved of command in the Western Department and replaced by David Hunter.

November 3rd,

On this day in 1941, the Combine Japanese Fleet receive Top-Secret Order No. 1: In 34 days time, Pearl Harbor is to be bombed, along with Malaya, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines.

Suggested Reading:

Suez 1956: The Inside Story of the First Oil War By Barry Turner

Winfield Scott: The Quest for Military Glory By Timothy D. Johnson

Pathfinder: John Charles Frémont and the Course of American Empire By Tom Chaffin


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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