The Siege of Candia 1648-1669

During the Ottoman-Venetian Wars, the city of Candia, today Heraklion on Crete, was besieged for 21 long years. The siege of Candia, regarded as one of the longest sieges in history, lasted from 1648–1669. The Venetians had been ruling the land ever since the Fourth Crusade, and Candia was in a key position in the Mediterranean. The supremacy over the Mediterranean was the cause of numerous clashes between the [...]

By | 2017-10-30T07:47:43+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Medieval|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

School Hostage Crisis: The Beslan Siege

The Beslan school siege (also referred to as the Beslan school hostage crisis or Beslan massacre) started on 1 September 2004. It lasted three days, involved the capture of over 1,100 people as hostages (including 777 children), and ended with the death of at least 385 people. The crisis began when a group of armed Islamic Groups, mostly Ingush and Chechen, occupied School Number One (SNO) in the town [...]

By | 2017-10-30T09:13:45+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Siege of Syracuse: Destruction of Athenian Army 414-413 BC

Siege of Syracuse (414-413): one of the most important campaigns during the Peloponnesian War. A well-equipped Athenian army blundered into disaster, was annihilated, and left its country almost defenseless against Spartan attacks. It is tempting to see the Sicilian Expedition as an act of hubris by an arrogant, imperial power. This is, at least, how it appears in our main source, the History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:21:26+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Categories: Ancient Times|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Medieval Wars: The Siege of Orléans 1429

In 1428, the English sought to assert Henry VI's claim to the French throne through the Treaty of Troyes. Already holding much of northern France with their Burgundian allies, 6,000 English soldiers landed at Calais under the leadership of the Earl of Salisbury. These were soon met by another 4,000 men drawn from Normandy by the Duke of Bedford. Advancing south, they succeeded in capturing Chartres and several other [...]

By | 2017-10-30T10:33:53+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Categories: Medieval|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh

Battle of Khe Sanh: The fighting around Khe Sanh began January 21, 1968, and concluded around April 8, 1968. In the summer of 1967, American commanders learned of a build-up of People's Army of North Vietnam (PAVN) forces in the area around Khe Sanh in northwest South Vietnam. Responding to this, the Khe Sanh Combat Base (KSCB), located on a plateau in a valley of the same name, was [...]

By | 2017-10-30T17:26:37+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: Modern War|Tags: , , |0 Comments

World War II: The Siege of Tobruk

Siege of Tobruk: In mid-Feb 1941, German forces began to arrive in North Africa. Siege of Tobruk: Lieutenant General Erwin Rommel, untried before the French campaign but by now a proven effective field commander, took command of this force. He immediate set forth an aggressive plan, starting his offensive on 24 Mar 1941, capturing El Agheila on the first day. This offensive surprised the British, who thought the German [...]

By | 2017-11-02T21:37:31+00:00 December 25th, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Sacred Town of Messolonghi

Messolonghi first mentioned in written sources in the 16th century. In 1700 was under Venetian rule and then under Turkish. In the rebellion of 1770 (Orlofika) which took part Messolongi, looted and destroyed. After 1774 it was restructured commercial and naval. From 1804-1820 he was under the dominion of Ali Pasha of Ioannina. He took part in the Greek revolution and sustained two sieges (1822 and 1825-26). The second siege followed the [...]

By | 2017-01-01T22:56:33+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Alamo: Texas’ War For Independence

In December 1835, during Texas’ war for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan volunteer soldiers occupied the Alamo, a former Franciscan mission located near the present-day city of San Antonio. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican force numbering in the thousands and led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began a siege of the fort. Though vastly outnumbered, the Alamo’s 200 defenders–commanded by James Bowie and William Travis [...]

By | 2017-01-01T23:03:18+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Magnificent Venetian Castle of Methoni

The castle of Methoni -actually a fortified city- is one of the most important and the most beautiful castles in Greece. The Venetian Castle of Methoni  It was built by the Venetians after 1209 at a strategic location, on a rock penetrating the sea and is separated from the land by an artificial moat. Nowadays the fortress, even though in ruins, continue to be impressive. The Venetian Castle of Methoni [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:24:42+00:00 November 20th, 2016|Categories: Constructions, Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was the decisive engagement in the first Indochina War (1946–54). After French forces occupied the Dien Bien Phu valley in late 1953, Viet Minh commander Vo Nguyen Giap amassed troops and placed heavy artillery in caves of the mountains overlooking the French camp.

By | 2017-01-01T18:24:19+00:00 October 31st, 2016|Categories: Historical Events, Modern War|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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