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The Battle of Palmito Ranch was fought in Texas #OTD in 1865. The Confederate victory is widely considered the last battle of the Civil War. The battle occurred over one month after Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox and two days after Jefferson Davis was captured. Image
Both sides knew the war was virtually over, but a small contingent of Confederate forces refused to surrender near Brownsville, Texas. Many of the men serving under the Union Army there were members of the United States Colored Troops.
A fragile cease fire had been agreed to between the two sides on May 11. However, Confederate Lt. Gen. Edmund Smith of the Trans-Mississippi Department refused to accept the inevitable end of the war.
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Da #miltwitter heute mal wieder brennt ein wenig #militaryhistory aus den Annalen der Bundeswehr.

Auch in der Vergangenheit gab es immer wieder Diskussionen, in wie weit die Streitkräfte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Strömungen folgen müssen und

wie sich diese Veränderungen auf die Einsatzbereitschaft von Streitkräften auswirken. Die Schere zwischen Gesellschaft und Streitkräften wurde wohl mal größer, mal kleiner empfunden.

Anbei ein Parodie der Fernaufgabe einer #HTW (Heereseinheitlichen Taktischen Weiterbildung)

Auch wenn die Aufgabe vermeintlich auf 1997 datiert ist, so handelt es sich nach meinem Wissen nur um ein 'Update' einer wesentlich älteren Aufgabe.

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"Finding the #smallpox to be spreading much and fearing that no precaution can prevent it from running through the whole of our Army...", General #GeorgeWashington instituted the first mandatory widespread #inoculation order in #militaryhistory on Feb 6 1777. #COVID19 #vaccines
2. GW recognized the risks especially that inoculation, unlike vaccines, led to the contraction of a "less" virulent case. "This Expedient may be attended with some inconveniences and some disadvantages, but yet I trust in its consequences will have the most happy effects."
3. But for GW it was a military necessity and an order that was needed to be given to save the army, the Revolution, and the nation.
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The 3rd #thread in the series on the history of Firearms & Gunpowder Use in Indian subcontinent.

This thread covers the period, in which Indian powers underwent modernisation & military reforms.

#Gunpowder #History #Hindutva #MilitaryHistory Image
Maratha & Mysore armies started modernising in the 1760s & 70s. British accounts state, that Marathas had rocket technology before Mysore's Tipu Sultan.

Maratha rockets 'annoyed' the British in the First Anglo-Maratha War (1775), whereas British faced Mysore rockets in 1792. Image
Modern manufacturing processes, training and logistics required a substantial financial cost.

In the 1780s, Mahadji Scindia consolidated his hold over north India. He hired Benoit de Boigne, a Frenchman, to reorganize his finances and training.

#MahadjiScindia ImageImage
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#Thread on the history of Firearms & Gunpowder Use in Indian subcontinent

This is the first of the 3-thread-series on Gunpowder Use in India. It'll focus on the period upto Mughal Empire.

#MilitaryHistory #Hindutva #Gunpowder
The earliest recipes of burning mixtures are from ~800 CE China, India. The first explosives made their appearance ~1200 CE.

The Mongol invasions of China carried this technology west across the Steppe into Central Asia and north India.
We have a record from the time of the Delhi sultan Jalaludin Khilji (late 1200s) about the ‘hawai’, a rocket that could only be powered by gunpowder.

The other route into India is seaborne. Chinese were using cannons on ships since the early 1400s & traded with Indian ports.
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A #thread on Military organisation of Maurya Empire

Maurya Empire was the largest empire ever established on Indian subcontinent. It was the most powerful empire of its time, founded by Chandragupta Maurya & his mentor Chanakya.

#MilitaryHistory #Hindutva
It was very large empire, so was its military.

Mauryan army was not just large in size, but its military strategies were pretty brilliant in its time, which helped Chandragupta Maurya conquer such vast expanse of territories.
Chandragupta Maurya’s army:-
6,00,000 Infantry
30,000 Cavalry
~8,000 War Chariots
9,000 War Elephants

The total number of soldiers of Chandragupta Maurya’s army counts somewhere near 6,90,000!
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In this #thread I aim to fulfil 2 objectives:

1. Provide historiographical evidence about “gunpowder” as a military tool.

2. Appeal to #History enthusiasts to think for themselves and seek the truth rather than seek historiographical validations from supremacists with motives.
While it is a matter of pride for us all to be able to truthfully claim historical ownership over particular ideas and inventions - as a #civilization - this same pride becomes baseless arrogance, if we make claims for supremacist reasons alone and ignore true historiography.
@TIinExile has selectively quoted Gustav Oppert and his 1880 work.
While taking what is useful, he/she omits Oppert’s assertions about the “historical accuracy” of ancient Hindu texts, which I have quoted from the same text below.
This is called selective research.
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D + 1

Monday, 18 September 1944

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Morning: The 506th PIR moves out to Eindhoven. The advance is slow due to German counterattacks & 88mm guns [pic: German-speaking Tech-5 Joseph Liebgott, Jr., Easy Company translator, #OTD in ’44 in Eindhoven. He's played by Ross McCall in Band of Brothers]
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The 506th destroys two 88mm guns and captured some German soldiers (including these four) as they continue toward their objectives.
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Ok, so let’s end the day with a recap of D Day of Market. Sep 17, 1944 #MarketGarden76 #OTD #MilitaryHistory Image
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9:30 AM - Allied B-17s of the Eighth Air Force begin to make runs on their respective targets, knocking out anti-aircraft guns deep into Holland. Unfortunately, the bombers also caused some collateral damage, hitting houses, a power plant near the Waal river. Image
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The bombing runs were complete by 11:30 after the Eight Air Force dropped a stunning 2,917 tons of bombs. Image
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1/n Thread Operation Polo
Starting a thread today about the 'police action' by the Indian Armed Forces in Sept 1948. Will add tweets every day.
The Razakars are running riot in Hyderabad. Multiple skirmishes've already taken place between the Hyderabad Forces and the Indian Army. Image
2/n Thread Op Polo
12 September
The last in a series of telegrams between HE The Governor-General Chakravarti Rajagopalachari to HEH The Nizam is sent by the Gov-Gen. ImageImage
3/n Thread Op Polo
“..Your govt has not been able to deal with either the Razakars or the Communists, whoever it may be that is causing trouble at a given place & time, and the Govt of India cant any longer be silent spectators, just maintaining a position at the border..”
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A thread sharing rare old Photos of Indian Soldiers from World War 1 #WW1 #Militaryhistory 1/8
#Sikh soldiers arrive in #France 2/8 Image
A young #French boy introduces himself to #Indian soldiers in #Marseilles 3/8 Image
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John "Mad Jack" Churchill was the last British soldier to go to war with bow and arrows, and a sword. And he did it during World War Two!

His motto was: "Any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed." #HistoryVille Image
Over the course of the war, Mad Jack killed German soldiers with his arrows and captured 42 of them as prisoners at sword-point during the Allied Invasion of Sicily in July 1943. #HistoryVille
However, in May 1944, the Germans captured him and flew him to Berlin thinking he was related to the famous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. After much interrogation which yielded no result, Hitler sent him to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
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My husband has been reading the war diaries of his great-uncle’s regiment and has finally found out the details of how the man our eldest is named after died, aged just 28. #thread #ww2 #familyhistory #militaryhistory 1/11
He was a pilot in the Air Observation Post, based on Italy during 1944 and flying a tiny Auster aircraft - lightweight and highly manoeuvrable but with little to no protection. 2/11
On 10th June 1944 he was flying ahead of the lines prior to the allied advance on Chieti, spotting enemy tanks/troops. Whether he was shot or something failed in his aircraft is unknown but he hit the side of the main cathedral tower. 3/11
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Alright, gang, so it's Friday night, and this is a #thread about the Choshu War of 1866, #Kokura Castle, one very brave woman, and the things we don't and possibly can't know, when we study #militaryhistory or any history.
Alright, so Kokura is in southern Japan, on the island of Kyushu. Interestingly, it was the primary target for the 2nd atom bombing, and cloud cover wound up saving it, but I digress.

Let's go back to 1866.
So, the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Choshu Domain have been having this long, on again off again fight in western Japan. Because of stuff I won't get into, here, the Shogunate wasn't as aggressive as it could've been, even with a modern army, and let the Choshu leaders live in '65
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