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Battle of La Lys Portuguese troops.

The dawn of April 9, 1918 awoke violently in Flanders, where Portuguese troops were crushed by a much superior German force. The battle of La Lys was marked by the loss of thousands of men among the dead, wounded and prisoners.

The Germans called it Operation Georgete and the aim was to break the allied lines, separate British forces from the French and force a strategic change on the Western Front.
At dawn on April 9, 1918, eight German divisions, with about 100,000 men and more than a thousand pieces of artillery, advanced over the 11 kilometers where the Portuguese forces were, consisting of two divisions and about 20,000 men.
Portuguese forces were wiped out, but resisted long enough to allow the Allies to reinforce and sustain the offensive.
The Portuguese lost almost half of their forces, and were reduced to little more than one division, with about 1,300 dead, 4,600 wounded, 2000 missing and more than 7,000 prisoners.
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Friends today saw a video of an excombatente of the first world war this interview was made by RTP 1 TV Portuguesas only today I saw on the internet, about the battle of Lalys to say that many Portuguese were killed and many who fled and that he was alone And hid where he found 3 Scottish soldiers and saw German troops dressed in the uniforms of the Portuguese troops that was to deceive the allies, he asked the Scots think they are Portuguese the Scots did not know to answer, the Portuguese said they are German we are going to kill them The Portuguese plus the 3 Scots killed the Germans who had clothes of Portuguese soldiers dressed of the Portuguese prisoners the Portuguese told the Scots the Germans were intelligent but here the Portuguese were smarter, friends this is all told by an escombatente of the first world war.
The video is all in portuguese and has subtitles in portuguese only have a problem I do not know here the video I regret friends if not metia, but the most important about this real story - we have so many real histories that we still do not know the recording is black And the most certain white is from the years 67.
José Augusto Milhais was one of the youths mobilized to Flanders in World War I. During the battle of La Liz he was alone behind the German lines where, armed with will and a machine gun, it won the highest decoration of the country.

During the battle of La Liz, who on April 9, 1918, dismantled the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps (CEP), soldier Milhais stayed behind to cover his unit with a machine gun.
Lost comrades was retreating alone, surrounded by German troops, occupying positions and firing whenever he could or needed. On the way he supported groups of Portuguese soldiers or allies, and saved a Scottish officer from drowning.
When, several days later, he was able to reach the Portuguese troops, he was baptized as soldier Millions, considering the valor he had shown. This story was told in 1967 in RTP to Carlos Cruz, in a program that was also attended by another veteran of World War I, Professor Hernâni Cidade.
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Thanks for your posts. History has always interested me.
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Thanks for your posts. History has always interested me.

Friend Hollywood has nothing to thank me, I go to the forums history soon that are of English language, I regret that there are forums of Latin languages Portuguese Spanish Castilian and Italian, because it was easier for us Latinos, because it becomes more Difficult is for members as I barely know how to speak and write English, now I use to tell friends when they see my bad translation, please tell me, because most of my posts are portuguese x ingles translation in google and I know that certain Words are badly translated as it is also the case with English that google translates poorly into Portuguese.
Friend my country has history that I am discovering with my 58 years old and I only interested the internete and have pc when I was 48 years old. Yes it's true it's never late to learn we humans can live 1000 thousand years but never enough to learn everything, summarizing friend I'm very happy to tell me that my posts are interesting for you my thank you from the city of Matosinhos north Port of Portugal in front of my house I have the sea and looking south I imagine seeing Brazil and I looking north I imagine seeing the united states of america is true friend please see the world map Portugal and the port city is in the center of the World a big hug of mine.
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Photo with lady in the wine vintage of the port the river that sees is douro river is born in spain and it empties in the mouth of the port douro. In the summer the douro river has the tourist boats that goes up river until barca of border with Spain.

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1914 - 1918 Portuguese prisoners

portuguese prisoners-of-war in 1918


French 320mm Railway gun, operated by the portuguese artillerymen sent to france.

Portuguese troops-Batalha de La Lys (9

Battle of the Lys, April 1918. A Portuguese prisoner being



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Aníbal Milhais
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Aníbal Milhais
Soldier Aníbal MilhaisII.png
Photo of Milhais, after his Order of the Tower and Sword condecoration
Birth name Aníbal Augusto Milhais
Nickname(s) Soldado Milhões (Soldier Millions)
Born July 9, 1895
Murça, Portugal
Died June 3, 1970 (aged 74)
Murça, Portugal
Allegiance Portugal Portugal
Service/branch Portuguese Army
Years of service 1915–1919
Unit 2nd Infantry Division
Portuguese Expeditionary Corps
Battles/wars World War I
Battle of the Lys (191
Awards Order of the Tower and Sword
Legion of Honour
Aníbal Augusto Milhais GOTE (nickname "Soldier Millions"; July 9, 1895 – June 3, 1970) was the most decorated Portuguese soldier of World War I and the only Portuguese soldier awarded the highest national honour, the Military Order of the Tower and of the Sword, of Valour, Loyalty and Merit on the battlefield instead of the usual public ceremony in Lisbon.[1]

Contents [hide]
1 Origin
2 In the war
3 After the war
4 Legacy
5 References
6 Further reading
Origin[edit]
Milhais was a farmer, born on July 9, 1895, in the small village of Valongo de Milhais, a parish of Murça, in north of Portugal.[1] On July 30, 1915, he was drafted into the Infantry of Bragança. In 1917 he was mobilized to join the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps. He arrived in France in the same year, as a member of the Trás os Montes brigade from the 2nd Infantry Division of the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps. The 2nd Infantry Division was deployed to the front line.[1]

In the war[edit]

Badge, collar and star of the order
Portuguese soldiers volunteered to infiltrate enemy lines and raid trenches, even if the casualties on both sides were extremely high.[1] Three German divisions had been rotated in the sector facing the 2nd Division in the last nine months before April 1918. The division saw no major battles, but suffered many casualties and extreme fatigue among the front line soldiers through the consecutive night raids.[1] The participation of Portugal in World War I took place mostly in Flanders, which is in Belgium. On April 9, 1918.[1][2] The battle is known in Portugal as "The Battle of La Lys" – the first day of Ludendorff's Lys Offensive, otherwise known as "Operation Georgette", and as the "Battle of Estaires" in official British history.[3] Milhais found himself in the midst of the battle of La Lys, in the field of Isberg, covering the withdrawal of Portuguese and British soldiers.[2] Within a few hours 1,938 men were killed, 5,198 wounded and about 7,000 taken prisoner. Milhais was in charge of one of their Lewis guns on 9 April 1918. During Operation Georgette, when the German Army attacked his division, Milhais stood up with his Lewis machine gun defended against assaults by two German regiments by laying down intense fire, causing many German casualties.[4] He managed to cover the retreat of Portuguese and British alike despite coming under heavy attack himself.[1] He fired in all directions and stayed at his post until he ran out of ammunition. Finally, the Germans decided to go around and Milhais found himself alone in the rear of the enemy lines where he stayed for three days.[1] On the third day, Milhais, still carrying his Lewis, rescued a Scottish major from a swamp and the two reached Allied lines. Milhais was warmly welcomed, but being a modest man he did not say anything about his experiences. It was through the officer he had helped reporting the story to the British HQ and several other testimonies that his deeds become known.[1]

A few months later, Milhais again held back a German assault, standing alone with his Lewis gun and allowing a Belgian unit to retreat safely to a secondary trench without casualties. Both the British observers present in the scene and the Belgian commander included his action in their reports.[1] Milhais was awarded the highest distinction of the Portuguese: the Order of the Tower and Sword and with the French Légion d'Honneur, delivered on the battlefield before 15,000 allied soldiers.[1] The bravery of Milhais in the battle of La Lys earned him the 4th Class of the Order of Tower and Sword of Valour, Loyalty and Merit, the highest Portuguese decoration. The degree of "Knight of the Order of Military Tower and Sword" had been created by Afonso V, later annulled, but restored by King John VI, to reward "Valour, Loyalty and Merit".[2]

On July 15, 1918, the Order of Service of the Battalion published a commendation, given by Major Ferreira do Amaral, which described his action as having been worth a million men, hence the nickname by which he became known.
After the war[edit]

Milhais in his hometown, shortly before his death
On February 2, 1919, he returned to his homeland and married Teresa de Jesus and had nine children with her.[5] Unfortunately, after the war ended, the Portuguese economy was near bankruptcy and Milhais faced difficulties in providing for his family. The Portuguese government promised to help but, instead of an allowance, named the village where he was born after him.[1] On July 8, 1924, the Parliament named the town of Valongo, officially Valongo of Milhais. Now the rather shy Milhais was living in the village of Valongo of Milhais, more famous than ever, but as poor as before.[1] He received many decorations and much public praise, but the highly decorated soldier still could not provide for his family. In 1928, he emigrated to Brazil in an attempt to improve his financial standing. The Portuguese community in Brazil received him as a hero. When the Portuguese living there realized that Milhais was in Brazil by need, the community gathered funds to send him back to Portugal with enough money to provide for his family.[1] The Portuguese thought it a national indignity and were angry that the military had forced such a degrading life on Milhais.[5]

On August 5, 1928, he returned to Portugal and back to agriculture, to restart his life. He started to receive a small pension from the State, on the Order of the Tower and Sword.[5] Even so, it was enough to live as a national hero. He died on June 3, 1970, in the village named after him.
Legacy[edit]
A permanent exhibition remembering his achievements can be seen in the Military Museum in the city of Porto.[1] Furthermore, a statue in his honor was erected in his hometown as a national tribute and as a symbol for Portuga


Milhais in his hometown, shortly before his death
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Aníbal Milhais
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Aníbal Milhais
Soldier Aníbal MilhaisII.png
Photo of Milhais, after his Order of the Tower and Sword condecoration
Birth name Aníbal Augusto Milhais
Nickname(s) Soldado Milhões (Soldier Millions)
Born July 9, 1895
Murça, Portugal
Died June 3, 1970 (aged 74)
Murça, Portugal
Allegiance Portugal Portugal
Service/branch Portuguese Army
Years of service 1915–1919
Unit 2nd Infantry Division
Portuguese Expeditionary Corps
Battles/wars World War I
Battle of the Lys (191
Awards Order of the Tower and Sword
Legion of Honour
Aníbal Augusto Milhais GOTE (nickname "Soldier Millions"; July 9, 1895 – June 3, 1970) was the most decorated Portuguese soldier of World War I and the only Portuguese soldier awarded the highest national honour, the Military Order of the Tower and of the Sword, of Valour, Loyalty and Merit on the battlefield instead of the usual public ceremony in Lisbon.[1]

Contents [hide]
1 Origin
2 In the war
3 After the war
4 Legacy
5 References
6 Further reading
Origin[edit]
Milhais was a farmer, born on July 9, 1895, in the small village of Valongo de Milhais, a parish of Murça, in north of Portugal.[1] On July 30, 1915, he was drafted into the Infantry of Bragança. In 1917 he was mobilized to join the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps. He arrived in France in the same year, as a member of the Trás os Montes brigade from the 2nd Infantry Division of the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps. The 2nd Infantry Division was deployed to the front line.[1]

In the war[edit]

Badge, collar and star of the order
Portuguese soldiers volunteered to infiltrate enemy lines and raid trenches, even if the casualties on both sides were extremely high.[1] Three German divisions had been rotated in the sector facing the 2nd Division in the last nine months before April 1918. The division saw no major battles, but suffered many casualties and extreme fatigue among the front line soldiers through the consecutive night raids.[1] The participation of Portugal in World War I took place mostly in Flanders, which is in Belgium. On April 9, 1918.[1][2] The battle is known in Portugal as "The Battle of La Lys" – the first day of Ludendorff's Lys Offensive, otherwise known as "Operation Georgette", and as the "Battle of Estaires" in official British history.[3] Milhais found himself in the midst of the battle of La Lys, in the field of Isberg, covering the withdrawal of Portuguese and British soldiers.[2] Within a few hours 1,938 men were killed, 5,198 wounded and about 7,000 taken prisoner. Milhais was in charge of one of their Lewis guns on 9 April 1918. During Operation Georgette, when the German Army attacked his division, Milhais stood up with his Lewis machine gun defended against assaults by two German regiments by laying down intense fire, causing many German casualties.[4] He managed to cover the retreat of Portuguese and British alike despite coming under heavy attack himself.[1] He fired in all directions and stayed at his post until he ran out of ammunition. Finally, the Germans decided to go around and Milhais found himself alone in the rear of the enemy lines where he stayed for three days.[1] On the third day, Milhais, still carrying his Lewis, rescued a Scottish major from a swamp and the two reached Allied lines. Milhais was warmly welcomed, but being a modest man he did not say anything about his experiences. It was through the officer he had helped reporting the story to the British HQ and several other testimonies that his deeds become known.[1]

A few months later, Milhais again held back a German assault, standing alone with his Lewis gun and allowing a Belgian unit to retreat safely to a secondary trench without casualties. Both the British observers present in the scene and the Belgian commander included his action in their reports.[1] Milhais was awarded the highest distinction of the Portuguese: the Order of the Tower and Sword and with the French Légion d'Honneur, delivered on the battlefield before 15,000 allied soldiers.[1] The bravery of Milhais in the battle of La Lys earned him the 4th Class of the Order of Tower and Sword of Valour, Loyalty and Merit, the highest Portuguese decoration. The degree of "Knight of the Order of Military Tower and Sword" had been created by Afonso V, later annulled, but restored by King John VI, to reward "Valour, Loyalty and Merit".[2]

On July 15, 1918, the Order of Service of the Battalion published a commendation, given by Major Ferreira do Amaral, which described his action as having been worth a million men, hence the nickname by which he became known.
After the war[edit]

Milhais in his hometown, shortly before his death
On February 2, 1919, he returned to his homeland and married Teresa de Jesus and had nine children with her.[5] Unfortunately, after the war ended, the Portuguese economy was near bankruptcy and Milhais faced difficulties in providing for his family. The Portuguese government promised to help but, instead of an allowance, named the village where he was born after him.[1] On July 8, 1924, the Parliament named the town of Valongo, officially Valongo of Milhais. Now the rather shy Milhais was living in the village of Valongo of Milhais, more famous than ever, but as poor as before.[1] He received many decorations and much public praise, but the highly decorated soldier still could not provide for his family. In 1928, he emigrated to Brazil in an attempt to improve his financial standing. The Portuguese community in Brazil received him as a hero. When the Portuguese living there realized that Milhais was in Brazil by need, the community gathered funds to send him back to Portugal with enough money to provide for his family.[1] The Portuguese thought it a national indignity and were angry that the military had forced such a degrading life on Milhais.[5]

On August 5, 1928, he returned to Portugal and back to agriculture, to restart his life. He started to receive a small pension from the State, on the Order of the Tower and Sword.[5] Even so, it was enough to live as a national hero. He died on June 3, 1970, in the village named after him.
Legacy[edit]
A permanent exhibition remembering his achievements can be seen in the Military Museum in the city of Porto.[1] Furthermore, a statue in his honor was erected in his hometown as a national tribute and as a symbol for Portuga


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Thanks for giving us your history. Audie Murphy was the most decorated American soldier in WW2 and served in the European Theatre.
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Audie Murphy (Kingston, Texas, June 20, 1925 - Roanoke, Virginia, May 28, 1971) was an American soldier and actor. He participated in thirty-three West Virginia cowboys between 1950 and 1969, most of which were low-budget, becoming the rightful heir to the former cowboys of the B-farms, such as Roy Rogers, Tim Holt, and Gene Autry.



Son of peasants, Audie Murphy had to work from an early age to support her mother and eight siblings, as her father left the family when he was twelve. At the age of eighteen he enlisted in the infantry and actively participated in nine campaigns in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany during World War II. For his bravery in combat he became the most decorated soldier of the war, having received more than twenty medals, including the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Silver Star, Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar, Croix de Guerre of Belgium And France, Legion of Merit and Purple Star.
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In 1979 and one year after I got out of the service had a contract in the Pentagon including the War Room and other offices. Long hallways and five stories high in the Pentagon and happened to walk by The Medal of Honor alcove and stopped to read and look at it. George Armstrong Custer's picture is there and Audie Murphy.
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In 1979 and one year after I got out of the service had a contract in the Pentagon including the War Room and other offices. Long hallways and five stories high in the Pentagon and happened to walk by The Medal of Honor alcove and stopped to read and look at it. George Armstrong Custer's picture is there and Audie Murphy.
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