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Crew of USS Fall River (CA-131) watch Able Day Atom Bomb, 1 July 1946
16 June 2018
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Operation Speedwell (7 September 1943 onwards) was an SAS operation in the north-west of Italy that did significant damage to the rail links supplying the western end of the Gothic Line.
Operation Slapstick, 9 September 1943, was an amphibious operation that saw the British 1st Airborne Division capture Taranto without any resistance, giving the Eighth Army a second foothold in Italy and allowing them to gain control of the Adriatic coast around Bari and Brindisi.
Operation Avalanche, or the battle of Salerno (9-18 September 1943) was the main part of the Allied invasion of the Italian mainland, and saw a joint Anglo-American force land in the Gulf of Salerno, where it had to fight off a severe German counterattack before the position was fully secured.
We now have a day-by-day history of the Second World War, covering the 2,214 days of the war from the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939 to the Japanese surrender in Hong Kong on 16 September 1945 (two weeks after the surrender in Tokyo Bay), and currently containing 5,308 individual facts.
Our 1,000th book review is Teenage Tommy: Memoirs of a Cavalryman in the First World War, ed. Richard van Emden, a young cavalryman who was present when the BEF fired its first shots of the First World War and was still at the front, with the cavalry, at the end of the war.
Our 6,000th article looks at the first day of the battle of Leipzig (16 October 1813), Napoleon's best chance to actually win the battle. Our 5,000th article is a biography of Gaston de Foix, Duke of Nemours (1489-1512), a daring French commander of the Italian Wars who was killed at the battle of Ravenna. Our 4,000th article looks at the Great Peloponnesian War of 431-404 BC. Our 3,000th article looks at the battle of Truillas (22 September 1793), a Spanish victory early in the War of the First Coalition. Our 2,000th article is a look at the German battlecruiser Von der Tann, part of our recent focus on the First World War. Our 1,000th article, on the Supermarine Spitfire Mk XII came during our War in the Air themed month in 2007. Our 1,000th aircraft was the Supermarine Spiteful.
Our four millionth word comes in a biography of Marshal Ney, Napoleon's bravest marshal. Our three millionth word comes in a biography of the Sicilian Tyrant Hippocrates of Gela. Our two millionth word came in our biography of the Roman general Manius Aquillius (died 89/88 B.C.), our 1000th battle was the battle of Rivoli of 14 January 1797, our 500th military aircraft, the Kawasaki Ki-48 Army Type 99 Twin-engined Light Bomber (Lily) and our 500th article on the Napoleonic Wars, a biography of General Freidrich Bianchi. Our 2000th article on the Second World War was a look at the Heavy Assault Tank A33 (Excelsior).
In 2006-2007 we ran a series of themed months, on the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War and War in the Air in which we created subject home pages which bring together all of the information we have on those subjects. We also have a subject home page on the Second World War.