Today is …

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Saint Crispin’s Day, the 25th of October, and while Agincourt (1415) is, probably the battle we most often associate with Saint Crispin, because of the words, about “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers” and being “warriors for the working day” that Shakespeare put in the mouth of his King Henry V, it wasn’t the only one. Almost as famous was …

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Balaclava, in 1854, both for the ill fated Charge of the Light Brigade in the afternoon and the much more successful ‘Thin Red Line‘ defence of the port of Balaclava in the morning. But it is also the anniversary of …

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… the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944 which was a significant victory and one that finally gave the United Stares Navy some revenge for Pearl Harbour.

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