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Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.

-- Ernest Miller Hemmingway

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This Day in History
1692: French forces under Marshal Luxembourg defeat the English at the Battle of Steenkerke in the Netherlands.

1864: Federal gunboats attack but do not capture Fort Gains, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama.

1911: Airplanes are used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoiter Turkish lines near Tripoli.

1914: Germany declares war on France.

1915: Russians sink a number of small vessels in a raid on the Anatolian coast.

1916: The French retake Fleury and make progress towards Thiaumont.

1940: Italy begins its offensive against the British colony of Somaliland, in East Africa, territory contiguous with Italian Somaliland.

1942: Mildred McAffee is the first woman officer commissioned into the Naval Reserve.

1945: Chinese troops under American General Joseph Stilwell take the town of Myitkyina from the Japanese.

1950: The first air strike by Marine Corps aircraft was launched by VMF-214 from aboard the USS Sicily. Aircraft of the First Marine Aircraft Wing attacked targets in the southwest sector of Chinju.