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Welcome to Clash of Steel


Featured battle : Pfeddersheim

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 10 November 1795

The French were pursued over the Rhine. This clash did not involve all troops from both armies but was intended by the Austrians to discourage the French from standing rather than continue retreating.

Featured image :

16th Century Italian Armour

16th Century Italian Armour

Flambouyant armour from Italy during the 1500's. The painting is not original.

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

Featured review :

With Napoleon’s Guard in Russia - The Memoirs of Major Vionnet 1812

Louis Joseph Vionnet. Translated & Edited Jonathan
A book I finished reading wanting more of the same. I suspect desperate hunger, numbing cold and the struggle to keep his troops together caused Major Vionnet to make few notes from which these memoirs were constructed. Jonathan North has written an excellent introduction, especially the Peninsular War background to the regiment, and there is an appropriate selection of maps and illustrations to support the text. He has also used other personal accounts to broaden the perspective and add detail. My one minor complaint is that the many footnotes are gathered at the end of the book. If, like me, you always read footnotes, and these are most helpful, then having them on the relevant page is so much more convenient. This book is about detail having a broad overview of the Russian campaign, while not essential, is most useful.
With only a little imagination the reader will gain insights into the hell which engulfed and killed so many of Napoleon’s troops in the retreat from Moscow. And crucially how some of the survivors survived.

Pen & Sword Military. Pen & Sword Books Ltd., 2012

Reviewed : 2013-02-25 00:00:00