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Featured battle : Fuente del Maestre

Part of The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

Date : 03 January 1812

The Anglo-Portugese were part of General Hill's Corps conducting diversionary raids into Extremadura to cover the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo. The French cavalry formed part of the Army of the South, 5th Division Rearguard. This minor action made Soult aware that the Anglo-Portugese were present in force in the area.

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HMS Illustrious

HMS Illustrious

The carrier Illustrious returning from Middle East deployment

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

Featured review :

Code Talker

Nez, Chester & Avila, Judith Schiess
A touching account of both the creation and use of the Navajo code used by the US Marines in the Pacific theatre from one of the original 29 code talkers recruited in 1942. It recounts Chester Nez's involvement in the creation and use of the Navajo code, unfathomable by anyone who wasn't a native speaker and considered impossible to learn, hence unbreakable by the Japanese.

But not only is this an account of his and his fellow Navajo specialists' traumatic war from Guadalcanal to Guam and Peleliu. It is also a moving account of life as a Native American child growing up in a harsh land in the 1920's and 30's, caught between two cultures. It deals sensitively with his post traumatic stress disorder on returning from the pacific and his tribal, community approach to dealing with it. Running throughout is a strong sense of faith in the Navajo 'Right Way' of living and of justified pride in the way the native American community contributed to the war effort.

A unique account, from one of the originals and highly recommended for anyone studying either the Pacific Theatre of operations or pre-war America.
Berkley Caliber, New York, Oct 2012

Reviewed : 2013-02-11 00:00:00