Events for Sunday 19th November 2017


On This Day in History

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WWI: End of Battle of Caporetto

19th November 1917

The Battle of Caporetto took place from 24th October to 19th November 1917, near the town of Kobarid (now in Slovenia), on the Austro-Italian front of World War I. The battle was named after the Italian name of the town of Kobarid. Austro-Hungarian forces, reinforced by German units, were able to break into the Italian front line and rout the Italian army, which had practically no mobile reserves. The battle was a demonstration of the effectiveness of the use of stormtroopers and the infiltration tactics developed in part by Oskar von Hutier. The use of poison gas by the Germans played a key role in the collapse of the Italian Second Army.

Further Reading

Touring the Italian Front
(Paperback)
by Francis Mackay

The guide describes the ground and operations covered by the British, French and US Expeditionary Forces deployed from France to the area North of Venice between November 1917 and Spring 1919. These Forces supported the Italians after their disastrous defeat at Caporetto and helped stem the Austrian and German onslaught.Read more...

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The Gettysburg Address

19th November 1863

The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and is one of the most well-known speeches in United States history. It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Further Reading

McPherson's Ridge - Battleground America
(Paperback - 120 pages)
by Steven H Newton

Gunfire broke the morning silence on 1 July 1863, as Confederate General Henry Heth pushed his division down Chambersburg Pike toward Gettysburg. In the Civil War's most important battle, the early contest for McPherson's Ridge just outside of Gettysburg is considered by many to be the battle's most crucial stage. Read more...

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