75 Years Ago—Mar. 16, 1944: US Air Transport Command begins airlift of 5th Indian Division from Arakan in southern Burma to reinforce besieged Imphal and Kohima in India.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 15, 1944: Countdown to D-day: US Ninth Air Force in England begins pre-invasion tactical missions for Operation Overlord (D-day).
Second Allied aerial attack destroys town of Cassino, Italy in largest massed tactical air raid yet: 1200 tons of bombs plus 200,000 rounds of artillery.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 14, 1944: Countdown to D-day: Commodore Cyril Douglas-Pennant takes command of Royal Navy’s Force G, which will conduct landings and provide support at Gold Beach.
In Burma, Japanese cut road from Tiddim north to Imphal, India; Indian troops are unable to retreat.
US Selective Service cancels all draft deferments for men ages 18-26 except for certified “key men” in essential occupations.
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It’s such a joy for me to host Mesu Andrews, a woman with a heart as big as her stories—and her stories are BIG! In her latest novel, Of Fire and Lions, Mesu takes the well-known story of Daniel, including the 70-year exile of the Jews to Babylon and Daniel’s time in the lion’s den, and imagines it through the eyes of his lifelong love, Belili. Doesn’t that sound fascinating? Mesu is sharing some amazing research from her novel!
7 Wonders of Daniel’s World
When I started researching Of Fire and Lions, I was so excited to learn more about the favorite childhood stories of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Little did I know that the historical wonders of Daniel’s world would be almost as amazing as God’s miracles! The phrase Seven Wonders of the World was first coined by Philo of Byzantium in 225 A.D.. Daniel and his friends witnessed one of those wonders and so much more.
Many believe King Nebuchadnezzar built the Hanging Gardens of Babylon for his wife, Amyitis, who was homesick for her lovely Zagros Mountains.
The six “wonders” below didn’t make the official ancient list, but I found them equally wonder-full.
Nebuchadnezzar restored the Tower of Babel and called it the Etemenanki. Some believed it was the only place on earth where a rope could stretch from earth to heaven (didn’t work out so well for the folks in Genesis 11).
The Ishtar Gate was the mammoth entrance to Babylon, nearly fifty feet high and wide enough to turn a chariot around atop it.
Daniel 4:33 describes Nebuchadnezzar’s transformation into a beast. Did you know Boanthropy is the current-day medical term for this condition?
Cyrus the Great—the king who ultimately conquered the Medes and Babylonians—may have been Nebuchadnezzar’s nephew—by marriage (his wife’s sister’s son). Gotta watch those in-laws!
The “fiery furnace” in Daniel 3:19-23 was likely fashioned similar to 19th-century lime kilns. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego literally fell into it.
Nebuchadnezzar’s image in Daniel 3:1 is built in 10:1 ratio (90 ft x 9 ft) just like the Washington Monument (555.5 ft x 55.5 ft).
I hope you’re as amazed by the wonders as I was!
MESU ANDREWS is the Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter whose deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Andrews lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren. Please visit Mesu’s website or visit her on Facebook or Twitter.
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75 Years Ago—Mar. 13, 1944: To eliminate Rome as an Allied air raid target, Germans order removal of all military installations except medical, quartermaster, butcher, and bakery, and place Vatican City off limits to soldiers.
In the Ukraine, Soviets cross the lower Dnieper at Kherson and take Kherson.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 12, 1944: Czechoslovakian government-in-exile urges uprising against the Nazis to meet the approaching Soviet army.
Neutral Eire (Ireland) refuses to expel German diplomats and is isolated by the Allies.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 11, 1944: US Fifth Air Force begins neutralizing Japanese airfields at Wewak, New Guinea in preparation for April landings at Hollandia.
US Fifteenth Air Force (based in Italy) bombs Toulon, France, sinking German U-boats U-380 and U-410 and several French warships that had been raised by the Germans.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 10, 1944: Countdown to D-day: Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force issues Operation Overlord directive to ground, air, and naval forces for D-day.
National movie premiere of The Fighting Seabees starring John Wayne.
75 Years Ago—Mar. 9, 1944: Chinese take Walawbum, Burma, opening Hukawng Valley for Ledo Road construction (will connect to Burma Road to supply China).
75 Years Ago—Mar. 8, 1944: Japanese launch offensive in Burma toward major British base at Imphal, India.
US Sixth Army secures Los Negros in the Admiralty Islands in the Pacific.