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Order of the day issued to columns as they crossed the Chindwin, February 13th, 1943.

Today we stand on the threshold of battle. The time of preparation is over, and we are moving on the enemy to prove ourselves and our methods. At this moment we stand beside the soldiers of the United Nations in the front line trenches throughout the world. It is always a minority that occupies the front line. It is still a smaller minority that accepts with a good heart tasks like this that we have chosen to carry out. We need not, therefore, as we go forward into the conflict, suspect ourselves of selfish or interested motives. We have all had opportunity of withdrawing and we are here because we have chosen to be here; that is, we have chosen to bear the burden and heat of the day. Men who make this choice are above the average in courage. We need therefore have no fear for the staunchness and guts of our comrades.

The motive which had led each and all of us to devote ourselves to what lies ahead cannot conceivably have been a bad motive. Comfort and security are not sacrificed voluntarily for the sake of others by ill-disposed people. Our motive, therefore, may be taken to be the desire to serve our day and generation in the way that seems nearest to our hand. The battle is not always to the strong nor the race to the swift. Victory in war cannot be counted upon, but what can be counted upon is that we shall go forward determined to do what we can to bring this war to the end which we believe best for our friends and comrades in arms, without boastfulness or forgetting our duty, resolved to do the right so far as we can see the right.

Our aim is to make possible a government of the world in which all men can live at peace and with equal opportunity of service.

Finally, knowing the vanity of man's effort and the confusion of his purpose, let us pray that God may accept our services and direct our endeavours, so that when we shall have done all we shall see the fruit of our labours and be satisfied.

- O.C. Wingate, Commander, 77th Indian Infantry Brigade.

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Today in Military History

February 24



1303:

Battle of Roslin Glen, Scottish victory in the bloodiest battle ever fought in Scotland.


1838:

Battle of Fighting Island. A force of 2,000 Canadian Militia and British regulars cross the frozen Detroit River in order to dislodge 150 ill-equipped republicans of William Lyon Mackenie's "Patriot Army of the North-West". After a brief exchange of fire, the rebels flee over the ice to the American side of the border.


1900:

In South Africa, Sergeant Firth of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment twice braved enemy fire to rescue wounded men. He was badly wounded in the face on the second occasion. Elsewhere, near Colenso, Lieutenant Inkson of the Royal Army Medical Corps also rescued a wounded man, carrying a maimed fellow officer to safety for some 400 yards through heavy fire. Inkson and Firth each received the Victoria Cross.


1901:

Corporal Clements of Rimington's Guides suffered a bullet in the lungs during a skirmish with Boers. Lying alone, the Boers called on him to surrender, but he instead chose to fight on, and killed three of his opponents at close range. The others promptly chose to surrender to him instead. Clements survived his wound and received the Victoria Cross.


1915:

Armentières France - Canadian Corps takes over 6.5 km section of trench line near Armentières.


1917:

Washington DC - German plan to get Mexican help in WW I exposed by US Naval intelligence; Zimmerman telegram


1940:

Germans revise plan for attack to West to include panzer assault through Ardennes


1944:

Bomber Command attacked Schweinfurt, the main German industrial centre for ball-bearing production, perceived as a bottle-neck industry which could seriously affect armaments production. 734 aircraft took part, following a USAAF raid the previous day. The RAF tried a new tactic, dispatching the force in two waves separated by two hours, in the hope that the Germans would exhaust their night-fighters against the first wave, leaving a clear run for the second. This apparently worked, since of the 33 aircraft lost, only four from the second wave were thought to have fallen to fighter attack. The bombing, however, proved relatively ineffective, with many aircraft dropping short.


1944:

HMCS WASKESIU picks upa Submarine in the early morning. After 2 hours of depth charging, the contact was lost. At 0530, she regains the contact and blankets the U-Boat with everything from 4" HE shells to 20 mm Oerlikon and Bren Gun Fire. As the da


1965:

Operation Rolling Thunder, sustained American bombing of North Vietnam, begins


1991:

Canada's "Desert Cats" fighter squadron, stationed in Qatar, makes its first ground attack sorties against Iraqi targets


1991:

Iraq - Saddam Hussein refuses Allied ultimatum to leave Kuwait; US and Allies begin ground war assault on Iraqi troops




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