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The Sack of Rome by the Barbarians in 410 by Joseph-Noël Sylvestre, 1890
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The Pylos Combat Agate is an Ancient Greek sealstone of the Mycenaean era, likely manufactured in Late Minoan Crete. It depicts two warriors engaged in hand-to-hand combat. It was discovered in the Griffin Warrior Tomb near the Palace of Nestor in Pylos and is dated to about 1450 BCE.
The Battle of Lepanto was a naval engagement that took place on 7 October 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of European Catholic states arranged by Pope Pius V, inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire in the Gulf of Patras.

Battle of Lepanto. The work of the contemporary Catholic painter Tony Stafki
Austro-Hungarian postcard celebrating the sinking of the Italian requisitioned steamer Principe Umberto by the submarine U-5, 8 June 1916; of the 2821 men onboard, 1926 died, in the most lethal submarine attack of World War I
A 1915 painting on the torpedoing and sinking of the Italian armoured cruiser Giuseppe Garibaldi by the Austro-Hungarian submarine U-4

The painting is signed "H. Hubert", and was done in the same 1915 of the events.

The Giuseppe Garibaldi was struck by one torpedo, as her division (5th Cruiser Division) was bombarding the railway lines near Ragusa (Dubrovnik). She sank on an even keel in ten minutes; however, despite the relative quickness of her sinking, only 53 of its 578 crewmen and officers died.

This sinking, together with that of the armoured cruiser Amalfi, led to the Regia Marina discontinuing patrols by large ships in such restricted and dangerous waters (a lesson that was its own turn to painfully learn), and would eventually lead to a reshuffle of Italian commanders, with offensive-minded admirals such as Umberto Cagni or Enrico Millo being eventually removed from frontline command positions.
A painting of the submarine Angelo Emo, returning to base after making a dive with the Queen of Italy onboard, 21 November 1921; on the background, the royal yacht Trinacria (left) and the coastal battleship, former armoured cruiser, Pisa (right)
Venetian and Turkish fleets at the Battle of Focchies, 1649 by Abraham Beerstraaten, 1656.

The Battle of Focchies was a significant naval engagement that took place on 12 May 1649, in the harbour of Focchies, Smyrna between a Venetian force of nineteen warships under the command of Giacomo da Riva, and an Ottoman force of eleven warships, ten galleasses, and seventy-two galleys, with the battle resulting in a crushing victory for the Venetian fleet. The battle was an episode in the Cretan War from 1645 to 1669 between the Venetian Republic (along with its allies, the Knights of Malta, the Kingdom of France and the Papal States) and the Ottoman Empire over dominance of various territories in the Mediterranean Sea.

Depicts the figure of Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean, HMAS 'Armidale' from back half prone on deck at stern of ship dressed only in shorts and boots, a wound on his right thigh, firing an Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun at Japanese bombers; a number of seamen are in the water having abandoned ship. Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean went down with the HMAS 'Armidale' firing his gun to the last.
The Sinking of the Vasa by Andrew Howat

Vasa or Wasa is a Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628. The ship foundered after sailing about 1,300 m (1,400 yd) into her maiden voyage on 10 August 1628.

On 10 August 1628, Captain Söfring Hansson ordered Vasa to depart on her maiden voyage to the naval station at Älvsnabben. The day was calm, and the only wind was a light breeze from the southwest. The ship was warped (hauled by anchor) along the eastern waterfront of the city to the southern side of the harbor, where four sails were set, and the ship made way to the east. The gun ports were open, and the guns were out to fire a salute as the ship left Stockholm.

As Vasa passed under the lee of the bluffs to the south (what is now Södermalm), a gust of wind filled her sails, and she heeled suddenly to port. The sheets were cast off, and the ship slowly righted herself as the gust passed. At Tegelviken, where there is a gap in the bluffs, an even stronger gust again forced the ship onto its port side, this time pushing the open lower gunports under the surface, allowing water to rush in onto the lower gundeck. The water building up on the deck quickly exceeded the ship's minimal ability to right itself, and water continued to pour in until it ran down into the hold; the ship quickly sank to a depth of 32 m (105 ft) only 120 m (390 ft) from shore. Survivors clung to debris or the upper masts, which were still above the surface, to save themselves, and many nearby boats rushed to their aid, but despite these efforts and the short distance to land, 30 people perished with the ship, according to reports. Vasa sank in full view of a crowd of hundreds, if not thousands, of mostly ordinary Stockholmers who had come to see the great ship set sail. The crowd included foreign ambassadors, in effect spies of Gustavus Adolphus' allies and enemies, who also witnessed the catastrophe.
The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281


A 1921 illustration by Sir Henry Yule depicts Kublai Khan's fleet passing through the Indian Archipelago


Two Samurai with a dead Mongol at their feet. The one on the right is possibly Sō Sukekuni, the defending commander. Votive image at the Komoda Shrine at Sasuura on Tsushima.


Japanese samurai boarding Yuan ships in 1281. Kizaki Takezaki and the three brothers Oyano on board the enemy ship.

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