The 2nd Infantry Division was an infantry division of the British Army,
first formed in 1809 for service in the Peninsular War. The second
formation fought at the Battle of Waterloo and played an important role
in defeating the final French attack. It was disbanded in December 1818.
During the mid to late 19th century, several formations bearing the name
2nd Division were formed, including in 1854 to take part in the Crimean
War and in 1899 for the Second Boer War. From 1902 the division was
based at Aldershot, in southern England. When World War I broke out in
1914, it was deployed to France as part of the British Expeditionary
Force. It served on the Western Front and suffered heavy casualties. The
division returned to Aldershot for the interwar period. During World
War II, the formation was deployed to France again, evacuated from
Dunkirk, and served in Burma. In the post-war years it formed part of
the British Army of the Rhine in Germany. The division was most recently
disbanded in 2012.
Today's selected anniversaries:
A massive earthquake struck the Dutch East Indies, creating a
tsunami that washed away villages, ships and residents.
Six robbers broke into a Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow
Airport in London and stole £26 million in gold, diamonds and cash.
In a friendly-fire incident, a skirmish occurred between
U.S.-led NATO forces and Pakistani security forces at two military
checkposts along the Afghanistan–Pakistan border.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
see you in the funny papers:
(US, humorous, informal, dated) Goodbye; see you later.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding every hour; The bud may
have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flower.
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