The Americans were closing the ring around the city and, in a desperate attempt to widen the gap between two American pincers, the Germans repeatedly counterattacked the 1st Infantry Division following Colonel Gerhard Wilck’s motto “the best defence is a good offense”.
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After losing the important city of Viipuri to the Soviets, the Finns withdrew to the next natural defense barrier, the Kivisilta Strait. A small Soviet force crossed at the narrowest part of the strait and formed a bridgehead, and Finnish GHQ ordered a counterattack to clear it.
In the early hours of May 13, Rommel pushed units of his Panzer-Division 7 across the Meuse River in the vicinity of Dinant, where they clung to a shaky foothold. While infantry were able to cross on boats, Rommel’s tanks would have to cross on a ferry until a bridge could be built.
For weeks the “Chindits” of the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade had been marching, living off the jungle, and harassing the Japanese wherever they were found.
American paratroopers are tasked with cutting off German units from moving toward the beaches during the invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky, 1943).
Resolving to fight to the death, Major General Shigemi ordered his forces to dig in at San Manuel, Philippines.
On July 21, 1942, Japanese forces landed on the northern Papuan coast around Buna and Gona, as part of a plan to capture the strategically important town of Port Moresby via an overland advance along the Kokoda Track.
The Japanese offensive in early 1938 was designed to link their northern force from Beijing with their central force from Nanjing. The two forces were to meet west of Xuzhou, thus severing the Lunghai corridor and the railroad which ran from the coast to Xian.
The bridge at La Fiere carried the road from Ste. Mere-Eglise across the Merderet River and was the main objective of the 101st Airborne’s 1st Battalion, 505th Regiment. After a successful drop, they set off for their objective a mere 1,000 yards away – only to be met with machine gun fire from a farm on the outskirts of town.
In March 1944 the Imperial Japanese Army invaded India from neighboring Burma. The small village of Sangshak was a northwest crossroad that led to the more significant target of Imphal only miles to the southwest, where Commonwealth forces had established defenses and supplies. British and Indian Gurkha moved in to hold back the Japanese invasion in this tiny corner of India.