Sunday, 22 January 2012

On this day Jan 22nd: Battle of Rorkes Drift

On this day January 22nd:
1510-Jews were expelled from Colmar Germany.
1775-Marshal Oscar von Lubomirski expelled Jews from Warsaw Poland.
1879-Over 1300 British soldiers were massacred by Zulus at the Battle of Isandlwana.
1879-139 British soldiers successfully defended their garrison of Rorkes Drift against an intense assault by five thousand Zulus. 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded.
1901-Queen Victoria died ending an era in which most of her British subjects knew no other monarch. Spanning more than a half-century, her reign, the longest in British history, saw the growth of an Empire on which the sun never set.
1933-SS and SA paraded past Karl Liebknacht Haus in defiance of Red threats, to the cemetery where Hitler concecrates the grave of Horst Wessel.
1941-British/Australian troops captured Tobruk from the Italians.
1944-Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy, during World War II.
1945-The Red Army captured Insterburg and Allenstein in East Prussia.


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