Friday, October 6, 2017

Without a survivor

                I heard a story

     With my boat I traveled to many ports,
     and therefore my knowledge rose..
     Almost in every one I heard a story of the place…

     I will mention two of these stories in any case.

     1876. It has become a year of myth and mystery,

                and a landmark in military history…
                (This story was told to me in Seattle)

               The U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment lost the battle…..

               Custer’s personal command, about 210 soldiers, 
                                                                     [ was wiped out
               (and for this there is no doubt)
               without a survivor to tell the story, to share the details.

                Most were killed by Indian arrows, 

                                                               [(the view which prevails) ..

      480 BC. It has become a year of myth and mystery,

                     and a landmark in military history…
                     (This story was told to me on a tanker T 2 ..
                     The envoy Greek army corps lost the battle, too…..

                     Leonida’s personal command, about 300 soldiers, 
                                                                          [was wiped out.
                    (and for this there is no doubt)
                    without a survivor to tell the story, 
                                                                   [to share the details.

                     Most were killed by Persian arrows, 

                                                         [ (the view which prevails) ..

Texts and Narration: Odysseus Heavilayias - ROTTERDAM //
Language adjustments and text adaptation: Kellene G Safis - CHICAGO//
Digital adaptation and text editing: Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga - PIRAEUS

Νο: 8

Battle Of Little Big Horn summary: The battle of Little Bighorn occurred in 1876 and is commonly referred to as “Custer’s Last Stand”. The battle took place between the U.S. Cavalry and northern tribe Indians, including the Cheyenne, Sioux, and Arapaho. Prior to the battle of Little Bighorn in Montana, the tribal armies, under the direction of Sitting Bull, had decided to wage war against the whites for their refusal to stay off of tribal lands in the Black Hills. In the spring of 1876, Sitting Bull and his tribal army had successfully battled the U.S. Cavalry twice.

The U.S. Cavalry was attempting to force the Indians back to their reservations and divided into three columns to attack. One of the columns was led by Lt. General George Custer, who spotted a Sioux camp and decided to attack it. 
However, Indian forces outnumbered his troops three to one, and Custer and his troops were forced to reorganize. While waiting aid from the other Cavalry forces, another group of Indian forces, led by Crazy Horse, effectively trapped Custer and his men. In a desperate attempt to hold off the Indian warriors, Custer ordered his men to short their horses and stack their bodies to form a barricade to protect them from the Indians.
It took less than an hour for the arrows and bullets of the Indians to wipe out General Custer and his men. Despite having won this battle, the Indians were not victorious. Outrage over the death of the popular Custer led the U.S. government to redraw the boundaries of the Black Hills so that the land would not be part of reservation property, which left it open for white men to settle.   source

Persians Attack the Greeks at Thermopylae:   Thermopylae (lit. "hot gates") was a pass the Greeks tried to defend in battle against the Persian forces led by Xerxes, in 480 B.C.
The Spartans who led the defense were all killed, and they may have known in advance that they would be, but their courage provided inspiration to the Greeks.
Spartan King Leonidas  was general in charge of the Greek forces that tried to restrain the vast Persian army, to delay them, and keep them from attacking the rear of the Greek navy, which was under Athenian control


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