11 Important Battles Fought on Holidays


There have been quite a few instances all through historical past when battles have coincided with main holidays or just steamrolled via days and nights that may in any other case have been festive. Though it might be an unimaginable process to chronicle all of them, Historynet has made a choice of some notably memorable battles that occurred on holidays.

1. Chilly christmas: washington crosses the delaware

On Dec. 25, 1776, Hessian forces celebrating Christmas in Trenton, New Jersey, had been handled to an unforgettable vacation shock when Continental Military Gen. George Washington and his forces crossed the Delaware River by evening and attacked the following morning. The Hessians surrendered, and the inspiration for Emmanuel Leutze’s well-known 1851 portray “Washington Crossing the Delaware” was born.

2. not that form of easter egg hunt: marines land on okinawa

On April 1, 1945 — each Easter Sunday and April Idiot’s Day that yr — the primary 60,000 U.S. Military and Marine troops stormed ashore on Okinawa, with 120,000 extra troops and the Fifth Fleet backing them up.

3. july fourth fireworks: saladin defeats the second campaign

Admittedly, it was a number of centuries earlier than People started celebrating their Independence Day with barbecues and fireworks, however on July 4, 1187, Saladin destroyed the Second Campaign on the Horns of Hattin, setting the stage for his retaking of Jerusalem in October.

4. no valentine’s day roses for spain: the british win twice

On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1780, British forces underneath Adm. Sir George Rodney defeated a Spanish squadron off Cape St. Vincent. On the identical day — and on the identical location — years later in 1797, the British underneath Adm. Sir John Jervis received a extra exceptional victory over the Spanish, by which a sure Capt. Horatio Nelson obtained seen.

5. bombs, not bunnies: north vietnam’s easter offensive

On March 30, 1975, North Vietnam launched the Spring-Summer season Offensive (Chien dich Xuan he 1972), which turned identified to People as “the Easter Offensive.” Attacking in relentless waves, the communists aimed to overrun everything of South Vietnam in a single sweep, however obtained slowed down after U.S. President Richard Nixon unleashed a bombing marketing campaign often called Operation Linebacker I.

6. nixon’s huge bag of coal: the christmas bombings

In December 1972, Nixon, annoyed with lack of progress in negotiations with North Vietnam, unleashed Operation Linebacker II, also called “the Christmas Bombings,” to exert stress on communist management. The operation took a heavy toll in human lives and stays the topic of controversy.

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7. unholy holy day: the yom kippur battle

On Oct. 6, 1973, Egypt and Syria launched assaults on Israel on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. The assaults marked the start of the Yom Kippur Struggle, which noticed a counteroffensive launched by Israel and an eventual ceasefire on Oct. 25. On condition that the battle additionally coincided with Ramadan, it has additionally been referred to as “The Holy Day Struggle.”

8. new yr’s FRAY: the battle of galveston

On New 12 months’s Day in 1863, Confederates swept to victory on the Battle of Galveston, courtesy of Maj. Gen. John Bankhead Magruder. Magruder, nicknamed “Prince John,” was additionally identified for his devious crafty in duping Union Gen. George McClellan into believing Accomplice forces had been stronger than they really had been in the course of the 1862 Peninsula Marketing campaign — though how straightforward it was to spook the infamously skittish Gen. George McClellan stays open to interpretation. At battle’s finish, Magruder distinguished himself by fleeing to Mexico.

9. boxing day broadsides: the british sink the scharnhorst

On Boxing Day, Dec. 26, 1943, capital ships traded broadsides for the second-to-last time because the British Royal Navy caught and sank the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst in the course of the Arctic marketing campaign on the Battle of the North Cape

10. independence day backfire: the battle of helena

On July 4, 1863, the Confederates tried and didn’t divert Union forces from Vicksburg with the Battle of Helena in Arkansas, and as an alternative led to an epic failure. Vicksburg surrendered on the identical day and the battle successfully backfired on the Confederates, opening the street to Little Rock to the Northerners.

11. new yr’s eve irresolution: the battle of the barents sea

On New 12 months’s Eve on Dec. 31, 1942, the British inflicted an embarrassing thrashing on the Germans within the Battle of the Barents Sea. Within the sublimely understated phrases of British Adm. John “Jack” Tovey: “That an enemy drive of at the very least one pocket battleship, one heavy cruiser and 6 destroyers … ought to be held off for 4 hours by 5 destroyers, and pushed from the realm by two 6-inch cruisers is most creditable and passable.”

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