"What is LOST?"
This was the $1,600 clue in the category Im-pastors on Jeopardy show #6873, which aired July 2, 2014. Contestant Christi Esterle answered correctly, and went on to win the game.
German infantry advance during the initial push of August, 1914. The German war plan hoped for a knock out punch through Belgium, bypassing the direct route into France. The exacting timetables of the invasion plan soon met the realities of war, first with the stout Belgian resistance, and then the fighting retreat of the British following their delaying action at Mons. The German attack would be stopped at the Marne in early September, and further combat would stagnate into trench warfare, with the opposing lines extending out to the sea in a futile attempt to turn the flank.
An Egyptian MiG-17 overflies the forward command post of the IDF’s 162nd Armored Division during the October War, 19 October 1973.
"Askari Weti Washinda Wajapani - Smash the Japs!" - British poster from the Second World War, aimed towards African colonial troops
This poster, in Swahili, was aimed at the East African troops fighting in Burma during WWII. The 11th East African Division, consisting of troops from Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika and northern Rhodesia, had arrived at Imphal in July of 1944 - a month after the crucial battle of Imphal and Kohima which stopped the Japanese invasion of India (Operation U-Go).
What the 11th East African Division was going to accomplish was something grand, something that was shared with the rest of the 14th Army and that wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for their general, Bill Slim.
The 11st East African Division, in appalling monsoon weather, fought their way over the Chindwin river in Burma as the leading force for the reconquest of the country which the British had so shamefully left behind after being thoroughly defeated in 1942. As they moved down the Kabaw valley in the early part of the campaign, they were entirely supplied by air, something which had been perfected to an art by now by Bill Slim, his quartermasters, supply personnel and his good friends over at the RAF and USAF.
When Kalewa, the strategic town which in this case meant the key between being stuck behind the Chindwin and gaining access to the plains of central Burma, was taken by the 11st East African Division after a good three months of fighting in appalling conditions. They had done what their Army Group Commander, General George Giffard, had thought been impossible. Slim himself wrote: “I asked for the impossible, and I got it”.
As soon as the Chindwin was forced, the 14th Army (including the 11th East African division) moved across central Burma towards the Irrawaddy river and the city of Mandalay. While the capture of Meiktila and Mandalay would be the ultimate test of the 14th Army and a masterstroke by Bill Slim, it was the capture of Kalewa and the early parts of the campaign which proved the 11th East African division to be a capable fighting force. Bill Slim told the division in January 1945 that “I had been told by a lot of people that it was impossible to operate in the monsoon. I had done two monsoons myself, and I was sure that really good troops would be able to move and fight even in the appalling conditions of the monsoon.”
Bill Slim belief in the 11st East African division and the 14th Army at large made the difference and his leadership led them to victory, but it would have been nothing had it not been for the tenacious and hard fighting troops that he led.