July 1, 1916. The First Day of the Battle of the Somme. Despite the heavy loss of life and failure to achieve the expected breakthrough, Field Marshal Haig and General Rawlinson deemed the attack a success, so much that the offensive was to continue for a further four months, only ending with the onset of winter. - prisonersofeternity.co.uk
Sir Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. During the Peninsular War in Spain and Portugal the Duke of Wellington depended on maritime supply. The French fleet in the Basque Roads operated against the British supply ships. This Day in History: Apr 11, 1809: Battle of the Basque Roads between France and the United Kingdom starts http://dingeengoete.blogspot.com/
Field Marshal Erwin Rommel shakes hands with Adolf Hitler upon the former's return from Africa in 1943. The atmosphere is obviously somber because Rommel's return signified the effective cessation of Germany's presence in Africa.
The Second World War 1939 - 1945: Field Marshal Montgomery with Major General Simpson looking at the 'Dragon's Teeth' part of the Siegfried Line. The crossing of the Rhine, which took place during March 1945, was his last major achievement before the end of the war.