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The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.

-- Sir William Francis Butler
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1760: Major Roger Rogers takes possession of Detroit on behalf of Britain.

1812: The last elements of Napoleon Bonapartes Grand Armee retreats across the Beresina River in Russia.

1863: The Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville Tennessee, ends with a Confederate withdrawal.

1939: Soviet planes bomb an airfield at Helsinki, Finland.

1944: The USS Archerfish (SS-311) sinks the Japanese carrier Shinano.

1950: Lieutenant General Walton Walker ordered the Eighth Army to withdraw to new lines in the vicinity of the North Korean capital or Pyongyang. Meanwhile, the 2nd Infantry Division, acting as rearguard for Eighth Army, was struck hard by overwhelming Chinese forces at Kunu-ri.

1950: The French Battalion, known as the Battalion de Coree, joined the U.N. forces in Korea. Most often attached to the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division, the battalion received three U.S. Distinguished Unit Citations for Twin Tunnels, Chipyong-ni and Hongchon.

1952: Making good on his most dramatic presidential campaign promise, newly elected Dwight D. Eisenhower goes to Korea to see whether he can find the key to ending the bitter and frustrating Korean War.

1967: Robert S. McNamara announces that he will resign as Secretary of Defense and will become president of the World Bank.

1968: The Viet Cong High Command orders an all-out attempt to smash the Phoenix program.