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It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

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Today in Military History

August 26


Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Empire at Manzikert.


Hundred Years' War: The military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights was established at the Battle of Crécy.


Joan of Arc enters Paris.


U.S. Civil War: The Second Battle of Bull Run begins.


Germany defeats Russia in Battle of Tannenberg.


The British Expeditionary Force briefly checked the German advance at Le Cateau.


SCARPE, 1918, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 30 Aug 18)


The first battle of ARRAS, 1918, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 3 Sept 18)


VC won by Lt Charles Smith Rutherford, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion, CEF, Monchy-le-Preux, France


The Soviet Union tests an ICBM.


Julius Caesar invades Britain.

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