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The Battle of La Paz was an engagement of the Pacific Coast Campaign during the Mexican-American War.The battle of La Paz occurred on November 16 and 17, 1847. The belligerents were United States Marines and sailors against Mexican insurgents, commanded by Mexican Army officers. Background In late September, Captain Manuel Pineda of the Mexican Army began to assemble...

Officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele became infamous not only for the scale of casualties but also for the mud. Ypres was the principal town within a salient (or bulge) in the British lines and the site of two previous battles: First Ypres (October-November 1914) and Second Ypres (April-May 1915). Haig had long wanted...

November 1315, a small contingent of men from the Swiss Confederacy ambushed a group of Austrian Soldiers near the Morgarten Pass. The Swiss victory furthered the confederacy between Unterwalden, Uri, and Schwyz, the core of modern Switzerland. Recent archaeological excavations near the site of the battle of Morgarten in 1315 have uncovered two knives, a number of...

The Soviet Army need for ever-more formidable tracked firepower came to the forefront after losses of much territory to the invading Germans in the summer of 1941. The stout KV (Kliment Voroshilov) heavy tank series (KV-1 and KV-2) proved adequate but only an extent for they lacked the necessary battlefield mobility of the fabled T-34 medium...

The city of Athens, Greece, with its famous Acropolis, has come to symbolize the whole of the country in the popular imagination, and not without cause. Ancient Athens began as a small, Mycenaen community and grew to become a city that, at its height, epitomized the best of Greek virtues and enjoyed such prestige that the Spartans...

The Mayan civilization refers to both a modern-day people who can be found all over the world as well as their ancestors who built an ancient civilization that stretched throughout much of Central America, one that reached its peak during the first millennium A.D The Mayan civilization was never unified; rather, it consisted of numerous small states,...

On July 26, 1916, during the epic Battle of the Somme, Australian troops taking part in their first offensive action on the Western Front battle the Germans at the Battle of Pozières, near the Somme River in France. Divisions of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, known as ANZAC, which had previously served on the...

In AD 391 the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I closed all pagan temples throughout the empire. This action terminated a four-thousand-year-old tradition and the message of the ancient Egyptian language and the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics were lost for 1500 years. It was not until the discovery of the Rosetta stone and the work of Jean-Francois Champollion (1790-1832) that...

The Battle of Fromelles in Northern France was the scene of one of the greatest tragedies suffered by the Australian nation during the 20th century. Despite the enormous losses on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, British command considered that the situation in the coming days would be encouraging and that a major...

Of all the 15th century Ottoman battles in the Balkans prior to the conquest of Constantinople, the most important was probably the Battle of Varna in 1444. Particularly if you pair its effects with those of the (second) Battle of Kosovo in 1448. Varna broke a major Hungarian-Polish alliance that had been formed to counter the...

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