Some military historians declare that the Battle of Midway “was the greatest naval battle ever fought.” Providentially, it was the turning point of World War II in our contest with Japan, and our victory was nothing less than miraculous and unexpected.
The most iconic image of World War II is the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima Island in the Pacific Ocean by six soldiers on the morning of February 23, 1945, though the battle for the island did not end until March 26, however. 80,000 Marines would be deployed – more than any other battle in World War II.
On January 3, 1777, the battle of Princeton took place that helped turn the tide of the Revolution. However, setting the stage for this battle, early in the morning December 25, 1776, Washington secretly crossed the Delaware River to conduct a surprise attack on Trenton, New Jersey. The painting by Emanuel Leutze depicting Washington Crossing the Delaware included artistic symbols like the “star of Bethlehem” over the oarsman in the front of the boat (to commemorate the birth of Christ), as well as the Betsy Ross flag (though not actually designed until six months after this incident).
When Americans think of our War for Independence, it is common for us to say that the first blood shed was at Lexington Green in April of 1775. However, a little known confrontation between Colonial Militia and British soldiers took place several weeks earlier in Salem, Massachusetts where blood was shed. If it had not been for a wise and biblically minded pastor, more would have been shed also. This providential event could help us to understand what is necessary in dealing with the conflicts we might have today.