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The most difficult thing about planning against the Americans, is that they do not read their own doctrine, and they would feel no particular obligtion to follow it if they did.

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This Day in History
1690: Belgrade is retaken by the Turks.

1855: Arrow, a ship flying the British flag, is boarded by Chinese who arrest the crew, thus beginning the Second Chinese War.

1862: The Confederate invasion of Kentucky stalls when Union General Don Carlos Buell stops General Braxton Bragg at Perryville.

1918: U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York is credited with single-handedly killing 25 German soldiers and capturing 132 in the Argonne Forest of France.

1941: The German invasion of the Soviet Union begins a new stage with Hitlers forces capturing Mariupol.

1950: The United Nations General Assembly authorized General MacArthur to cross the 38th parallel. ROK troops had already crossed on Oct. 1. Meanwhile, Premier Mao Tse-tung secretly ordered Chinese "volunteers" to "resist the attacks of U.S. imperialism."

1950: The 1st Marine Division commenced embarking at Inchon for landings at Wonsan, Korea.

1952: Operation RED COW, a joint Navy-Air Force mission against enemy positions near Kaesong, was conducted with Navy F2H Banshee fighter jets from Task Force 77 providing fighter escort for Air Force B-29 Super Fortress bombers. This was one of only two instances in the war in which Navy fighters escorted Air Force bombers.

1968: Operation Sealords is launched in the Mekong Delta by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces.

876: Charles the Bald is defeated at the Battle of Andernach.