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United States, Britain, Washington discussed on 99 Percent Invisible

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This is ninety nine percent invisible i'm roman mars august twenty four eighteen fourteen marked the first and only time washington dc was occupied by outside forces the united states was two years into the war of eighteen twelve they taken on great britain which was then the greatest naval power in the world and things weren't looking great for the american troops depending dc producer vivian lee british forces overtook the city and set fire to historic american landmarks including the treasury building the capitol building and even the white house the siege became known as the burning of washington but then a freak occurrence which any other situation would have been a total disaster for dc saved the city dark clouds begin to form which turned into thunder and lightning which then turned into a full blown tornado that headed straight for the british who were setting fires around the capital a number of british soldiers were killed by falling debris and the fires were extinguished by the rain the bridge retreated back to their ships which had been severely damaged by the storm thanks to a simple act of weather the occupation of our nation's capital was over within a little more than a day the storm that save washington was just one of countless times that weather played a crucial factor in war napoleon's army was defeated by russian forces but by a russian winter enduring world war two general patent famously distributed two hundred and fifty thousand prayer cards to the army to enlist as many men as possible to pray for an end to the rain the battlefield has always been at the mercy of the climate but there was a time in us military history when we did more than just pray for advantageous whether we tried to create it.