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Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face death, there is nothing they may not achieve.

-- Sun Tzu

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This Day in History
1743: By the Treaty of Abo, Sweden cedes southeast Finland to Russia, ending Swedens failed war with Russia.

1812: Napoleon Bonapartes army defeats the Russians at the Battle of Smolensk during the Russian retreat to Moscow.

1862: Minnesota erupts in violence as desperate Dakota Indians attack white settlements along the Minnesota River. The Dakota were eventually overwhelmed by the U.S. military six weeks later.

1863: Union gunboats attack Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, for the first time.

1917: A German counter-attack near Lens is repulsed.

1917: French troops secure possession of ground east of Bixschoote.

1918: French troops advance one mile north of Autreches.

1918: U.S. troops arrive at Vladivostok.

1942: Lt. Col. Evans F. Carlson and a force of Marine raiders come ashore on Japanese occupied Makin Island.

1943: Allied forces complete the conquest of Sicily.