The Battle of Sulphur Creek Trestle (September 23 to 25, 1864) is also known as the Battle of Athens. On the afternoon of the 23rd, Union forces engaged Confederate forces five miles south of Athens as the rebels were destroying a railroad trestle needed to support the Union advance. Union forces retreated to Fort Henderson. On the next morning, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest worked to convince Colonel Wallace Campbell that he outnumbered his force by a factor of ten. The ruse…
The Acropolis, built in the 5th century B.C. to glorify Greece following its defeat of the Persians at the Battle of Marathon, stands awesome and aloof on its limestone mesa above hectic modern Athens. Its shimmering, white-marble Parthenon (top right) is among the most recognizable structures on Earth.
Battle of Athens, Dec 1944-Jan 1945: British paras patrol on the perimeter of the Athens gas works. Fighting with communist guerrillas attempting to take over Greece was fierce. The British, and the forces of the Greek interim government, finally prevailed thanks to superior firepower and military tactics.
The Battle of Athens State Historic Site in Athens, Missouri is the site of the northernmost Civil War battle west of the Mississippi. Union home guardsmen defeated southern Missouri state guard forces here on August 5, 1861. Thome-Benning House (open to the public) was struck by Southern artillery fire during the battle and has since been known as the "Cannonball House." The village of Athens is preserved today as part of Battle of Athens State Historic Site.
The Blitz: Much of London was destroyed by the Luftwaffe, which was eventually defeated by "The Few" during the Battle of Britain which was fought over the skies of Britain between 10 July and 31 October 1940
Battle of Athens, Dec 1944: British paras and Greek gendarmes battle communist guerrillas in the middle of Athens with the support of a Sherman tank. Note the gendarme on the left wearing a German helmet.