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This Day in History
1118: Afonso the Battler, the Christian King of Aragon captures Saragossa, Spain, a major blow to Muslim Spain.

1812: Napoleon Bonaparte arrives in Paris after his disastrous campaign in Russia.

1862: Confederate cavalry leader General Nathan Bedford Forrest routs a Union force under the command of Colonel Robert Ingersoll on a raid into western Tennessee, an area held by the Union.

1862: Union General Ulysses S. Grant announces the organization of his army in the West. Sherman, Hurlbut, McPherson, and McClernand are to be corps commanders.

1915: In a single night, about 20,000 Australian and New Zealand troops withdraw from Gallipoli, Turkey, undetected by the Turks defending the peninsula.

1916: The Battle of Verdun ends with the French and Germans each having suffered more than 330,000 killed and wounded in 10 months.

1940: Adolf Hitler issues his secret plans for the invasion of the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa.

1941: Defended by 610 fighting men, the American-held island of Guam falls to more than 5,000 Japanese invaders in a three hour battle.

1944: Japanese forces are repelled from northern Burma by British troops.

1950: The 2nd Battalion of the crack Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel J. M. Stone, arrived in Korea.