spikesgirl58 (spikesgirl58) wrote in mfu_canteen,

Today in History

In 1864, Confederate guerrilla Bloody Bill Anderson and his henchmen, including a teenage Jesse James, massacre 20 unarmed Union soldiers at Centralia, Missouri. The event becomes known as the Centralia Massacre.

In 1944, thousands of British troops are killed as German forces rebuff their massive effort to capture the Arnhem Bridge across the Rhine River in Holland. The South Staffs went gone into battle with 47 officers and 820 soldiers of other ranks. Only six officers and 133 enlisted men returned.

Strangely enough, it wasn't even given a name, much less be referred to as a massacre. What a difference 80 years made.
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