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Today in Military History
24 November 1850

Danish forces defeat the Schleswig-Holstein army in the Battle of Lottorf. Inspired by the Revolution of Paris, Schleswig-Holsteiners demanded Copenhagen recognize their independence and request to join the German Confederation. The request was ignored, sparking an open rebellion in Schleswig-Holstein. After two years of fighting, Gen. Karl Wilhelm von Willisen (Schleswig-Holstein commander) hoped to draw Germany into the conflict, went on the offensive against Denmark. The Schleswig-Holstein force attacked the Danish outpost at Lottorf. Despite outnumbering the Danish garrison, Willisen’s force was unable to overrun the garrison. The engagement was brief, lasting a little over an hour, but resulted in Willisen and his force withdrawing from the battlefield. See MoreSee Less

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Today in Military History
19 November 1885

The Bulgarian army achieves a decisive victory over the Kingdom of Serbia in the Battle of Slivnitsa. The battle has been called the “battle of the captains versus the generals.” The highest rank in the young Bulgarian army was captain. Following the Congress of Berlin in 1878, Bulgaria was divided into two sections, the Kingdom of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia. Lured by promises of territory from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Kingdom of Serbia declared war against Bulgaria on 14 November 1885. Despite having a young force, Bulgaria was able to assemble a professional army of 32,000 men to face the 40,000 soldiers Serbia deployed. The two sides clashed on 17 November, and after two days of heavy fighting the Bulgarians were able to drive the Serbians from the battlefield. The victory at Slivnitsa solidified the unification of Bulgaria with Eastern Rumelia. See MoreSee Less

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Today in Military History
17 November 1796

The French defeat the Austrians in the Battle of Arcole. The French laid siege to Mantua, Italy, on 4 July 1796. In an attempt to relieve the city, the Austrians marched an army of 24,000 troops to face the French. The French army was led by Napoleon, and despite being outnumbered was able to outmaneuver the Austrians and cut off their line of retreat. The French lost 3,500 troops in the battle, but were able to capture 4,000 Austrian soldiers and seize 11 artillery pieces. With the defeat of the Austrian army, the French were able to march on Venice, seizing the important Habsburg port and capturing two 44-gun frigates that were being built in the Venetian shipyard. One of the ships captured, the Muiron, would be used by Napoleon in his escape from Egypt in 1799. See MoreSee Less

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Today in Military History
12 November 2001

The Taliban abandon Kabul as Northern Alliance forces descend on the Afghan capital. The US launched Operation Enduring Freedom in the aftermath of the terror attacks on 11 September. American Special Operation troops, alongside CIA Paramilitary operatives, joined forces with the Afghan Northern Alliance. American air support pummeled Taliban defenses throughout the country, as American and Northern Alliance troops overwhelmed Taliban positions. With the loss of Mazar-i-Sharif five days earlier, the Taliban control in Northern Afghanistan began to crumble. Unable to continue the defense of Kabul, the Taliban retreated as 98,000 Northern Alliance soldiers stormed the city. With the fall of Kabul, the Taliban fled to the eastern reaches of Afghanistan, where American Special Operation troops would clash with them in the Battle of Tora Bora. See MoreSee Less