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Featured battle : Siege of Port Arthur

Part of Russo-Japanese War

Date : 01 August 1904 - 02 January 1905

The Japanese Army attacked then laid siege to the important Russian sea-base of Port Arthur where the Pacific Fleet was stationed. The over-estimated the ease with which the position could be taken and suffered heavy casualties, but once the heights overlooking the town were taken, the Japanese could use heavy artillery to sink the ships in the bay and destroy the Fleet. Once the fleet was gone, Maj-Gen Stoessel saw now point in holding out (even though he possessed plenty of stores) and surrendered. The siege pre-figured the coming world war, in that it saw the use of heavy artillery, trench warfare and barbed-wire entanglements, and machine guns.

Featured image :

RFA Fort Austin, Fort Class Stores Vessel

RFA Fort Austin, Fort Class Stores Vessel

The Fort Austin, Fleet Stores Vessel served in the Falklands War of 1982 and continues in service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. She displaces 23,384 tons, can make 20 knots and has a complement of 201 crew including 45 Fleet Air Arm as she can provide hangar and maintenance facilities for up to 4 Sea King helicopters. She can also be armed with 4 x 20mm Oerlikon guns.

Gallery updated : 2016-02-21 17:33:57

Featured review :

Fighting for the French Foreign Legion - Memoirs of a Scottish Legionnaire

Lochrie, Alex
There are quite a number of memoirs out there of men attracted by the legion, and I've read most of them. Luckily, this one ranks quite highly amongst those I've read. The author manages to join the legion at quite an advanced age - 38 - and so brings a different viewpoint to the training and life as an older man.
His training and experience as a member of their special forces is usual for this kind of book - he serves in Tchad, Bosnia, Desert Storm, but he becomes a technical specialist in photographic techniques and brings a sensitivity to his writing that is sometimes lacking in others. It's a more thoughtful book, and should be a good addition to anyone's Legion library.

Pen & Sword Military, 2013

Reviewed : 2015-05-27 20:14:20