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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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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.