The 1st Cavalry Division was a horsed cavalry formation of the Royal
Yugoslav Army that formed part of the Yugoslav 1st Army Group during the
German-led Axis invasion of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in April 1941.
Along with the rest of the Yugoslav Army, the 1st Cavalry Division began
mobilising on 3 April 1941. Three days later the Germans commenced
operations against the Yugoslav frontiers (map of operations pictured).
By the end of the following day, the division's cavalry brigade
headquarters and all of the division's cavalry regiments had been
detached for duty with other formations. The divisional-level units
remained in the vicinity of Zagreb until 10 April, when they were
ordered to establish a defensive line southeast of Zagreb along the Sava
river, with infantry and artillery support. The division had only begun
to deploy for this task when the German 14th Panzer Division captured
Zagreb. The divisional headquarters and all attached units surrendered.
Today's selected anniversaries:
After days of bombardment, Mongol invaders under Batu Khan
breached the walls of Kiev and proceeded to plunder the city and
slaughter its inhabitants.
President Theodore Roosevelt announced the Roosevelt Corollary
to the Monroe Doctrine, justifying the exercise of "international police
power" by the U.S. in the Western Hemisphere.
Four members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army took two
people hostage in a house on Balcombe Street in London, surrendering six
An Italian Air Force military jet, abandoned by its pilot after
an on-board fire, crashed into a high school near Bologna, killing 12
students and injuring 88 other people.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Of or pertaining to adventurers or rogues.
2. (literature) Characteristic of a genre of Spanish satiric novel
dealing with the adventures of a roguish hero.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The Science of Language has taught us that there is order and
wisdom in all languages, and even the most degraded jargons contain the
ruins of former greatness and beauty. The Science of Religion, I hope,
will produce a similar change in our views of barbarous forms of faith
and worship; and missionaries, instead of looking only for points of
difference, will look out more anxiously for any common ground, any
spark of the true light that may still be revived, any altar that may be
dedicated afresh to the true God.
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