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October 25, a glorious day for Anglo-American arms. Less so for the French, Russians, and Japanese…

Everyone knows what happened at Agincourt on St. Crispin’s Day, 1415:

Less well known, perhaps, is that the Charge of the Light Brigade also took place on October 25, 1854:

‘Forward the Light Brigade!’
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Not to mention the largest naval battle in human history, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, on St. Crispin’s Day, 1945.

(Technically, MacArthur’s landing was on October 20, but the naval engagement did in fact occur on St. Crispin’s Day itself.)