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1813: British forces under Henry Proctor defeat a U.S. contingent planning an attack on Fort Detroit.

1824: A British force is wiped out by an Asante army under Osei Bonsu on the African Gold Coast. This is the first defeat for a colonial power.

1863: In an attempt to out flank Robert E. Lees Army of Northern Virginia, General Ambrose Burnside leads his army on a march to north Frederickburg, but foul weather bogs his army down in what will become known as "Mud March."

1879: Eighty-two British soldiers hold off attacks by 4,000 Zulu warriors at the Battle of Rorkes Drift in South Africa.

1879: Pursuing American soldiers badly beat Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife and his people as they make a desperate bid for freedom. In doing so, the soldiers effectively crushed the so-called Dull Knife Outbreak.

1905: Russian troops fire on civilians beginning Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg.

1939: A Nazi order erases the old officer caste, tying the army directly to the Party.

1941: British and Commonwealth forces enter the port at Tobruk, in Libya, and tens of thousands of Italian occupiers are taken prisoner.

1943: Axis forces pull out of Tripoli for Tunisia, destroying bases as they leave.

1944: U.S. troops under Major General John P. Lucas make an amphibious landing behind German lines at Anzio, Italy, just south of Rome.