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Here, on 26 July 1972 the Royal Thai Army burned all its American textbooks. From this dates our victory over the communists.

Inscription over the incinerator in the Royal Thai Army Headquarters

- Stuart Slade, "Successful Counter-insurgency: How Thais Burnt the Books and Beat the Guerillas,"Internal Security & CO-IN, an editorial supplement to International Defense Review 22, (October 1989):21.

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Today in Military History

December 5



1875:

General Arthur Currie, future commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War I, is born in Napperton, Ontario.


1934:

Abyssinia Crisis: Italian troops attack Wal Wal in Abyssinia, taking four days to capture the city.


1943:

THE MORO, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 7 Dec 43)


1964:

Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon of Saugerties, New York is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war.


1978:

The Soviet Union signs a 'friendship treaty' with the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan.




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